Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow hasn’t taken a snap in the NFL since 2012. That doesn’t mean he’s given up on his professional career, however.
Tebow said he hasn’t ruled out returning to the NFL during an interview on Larry King Now.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future,” Tebow said. “I talk to a lot of my friends who are in the league and playing all around. I don’t know, we’ll see what doors open. Maybe.”
Many analysts criticized the Heisman Trophy winner for refusing to switch positions in the NFL, despite shoddy quarterbacking skills. Tebow said the reason he committed to honing his craft as a passer was because he believes in following his utmost passions.
“I think one thing that’s really important in life is that we pursue our passions,” Tebow said. “You pursue what’s on your heart, you pursue what you’re passionate about. For me in the game of football is the position of quarterback. I’ve loved it since I was a little boy, looking up to Danny Wuerffel when he was at the University of Florida.”
So would Tebow have stayed at quarterback even if he could’ve had a more prosperous career at a different position?
“Of course. You pursue your passion,” Tebow told King. You pursue what’s on your heart, not to please other people but to do what you’re called to do. It’s not even close.”
Tebow’s career didn’t pan out despite an exceptional tenure with the Gators, but he holds no hard feelings about the way “Tebowmania” ended.
“You’re human, you have emotions of course,” Tebow said. “You have emotions with all of that. But, to be able to let it take the next step where it creates bitterness or other things, no I think that’s taking it too far.”
The influential quarterback has plenty of options on the table outside of football. A political career also might be a possibility if Tebow believes that’s the best way he can make an impact in life.
“You never know,” Tebow said. “I think for me, my greatest passion and purpose is to make a difference and however I can do that, that’s what I want to do. If there’s a chance that one day I feel like that’s the greatest way I can make a difference, then I would think about it.”