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ESPN has reached a multiyear contract extension with 2009 Campbell Trophy winner Tim Tebow (Florida) to continue as a college football analyst on SEC Network’s traveling pre-game show SEC Nation. The Heisman Trophy and BCS National Championship winning quarterback will also continue his role in ESPN’s College Football Playoff programming, providing personal championship perspective and analysis across networks.
In addition, Tebow’s insight and commentary will be utilized throughout the year on various high profile ESPN network shows and platforms.
“Over the last three years ESPN and the SEC Nation crew have become like family,” said Tebow. “I love the passion that SEC fans bring to our set every Saturday morning and I look forward to continuing to share my own love of the game with fans on ESPN and SEC Network.”
Tebow has contributed to ESPN platforms since 2014. He was the first college football analyst announced for SEC Network and has been a key voice in SEC Nation for the past three college football seasons.
Tebow quarterbacked Florida to the 2008 BCS National Championship, while also making a significant contribution to the Gators’ 2006 title. He became the first sophomore in history to win the Heisman Trophy, with a stellar record in the classroom and the community, which allowed him to become only the second individual to claim both a Heisman and Campbell Trophy.
Boasting a 3.66 GPA as a family, youth & community sciences major, Tebow was twice named ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-American of the Year. Ranking second in FBS history with a 170.8 career passing efficiency rating, he threw for 9,285 yards and 88 touchdowns in his four seasons with the Gators, while also gaining 2,947 yards on the ground with 57 rushing touchdowns, both school records by a Florida QB.
He was a two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Year and claimed the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, the Manning Award, back-to-back Maxwell Awards in 2007 and 2008, and the Sullivan Award, which is annually presented to the nation’s top amateur athlete.
He is the only player in NCAA history to rush and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in a season (2007). Tebow finished his career with five NCAA, 14 SEC and 28 UF records.
He has spent nearly every summer of his life participating in mission trips to help the less fortunate. In 2009 alone, he dedicated nearly 700 hours to community service efforts and appearances, including hospital and orphanage visits, and he was named the 2008 Wuerffel Trophy recipient for his exemplary outreach.
Selected No. 25 overall in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, Tebow led the Broncos to the AFC Divisional Playoffs after the 2011 season. He spent the 2012 season playing for the New York Jets before stints with New England and Philadelphia. The chairman of the Tim Tebow Foundation, which he launched in 2010, Tebow and the organization recently opened the Tebow CURE Hospital in the Philippines.
In 2016, Tebow signed a minor league baseball contract with the New York Mets and currently plays with the Columbia Fireflies. Tebow’s role with ESPN will not preclude him from continuing to pursue professional baseball opportunities.