Football star Tim Tebow now has a new television gig, according to reports.
ESPN has announced that Tebow will join Stephen A Smith on First Take on Fridays now that Max Kellerman has left the show. Smith is known as a fiery, entertaining commentator who has become the face of ESPN.
Tebow rose to fame as a star college player. He later played for the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets. He was also known for kneeling in prayer during games.
Tebow was cut, spent a few years out of the National Football League, even trying professional baseball, and recently joined the Jacksonville Jaguars before being cut again.
At the time, he responded to being cut with grace.
“Thank you to the @Jaguars organization and everyone who has supported me in this journey. And we know that…God works all things together for good. Romans 8:28 Thankful for the highs and even the lows, the opportunities, and the setbacks,” Tebow wrote on Twitter after the news broke. “I’ve never wanted to make decisions out of fear of failure and I’m grateful for the chance to have pursued a dream…”
Tebow became one of the most famous players in the league and a leading figure in Christian faith and philanthropy. ESPN itself describes Tebow’s cultural influence:
In addition to his on-field exploits, Tebow is a cultural icon with immense popularity, based on his personality and open devotion to faith. He is equally lauded for the work he does off the field. While still attending Florida, he worked on the “First and 15” program benefiting Uncle Dick’s Orphanage and later went on to create the Tim Tebow Foundation in 2010. The Foundation encompasses multiple philanthropic ventures that support children with life threatening illness, orphan outreach and general encouragement of citizens to volunteer.
Meanwhile, Tebow will maintain his positive attitude, but he has not been afraid to weigh in on Afghanistan and world events.
“We have been heartbroken over the crisis in Afghanistan, the loss of our brave servicemen and women, and the loss of so many other precious lives,” Tebow said. “With so much suffering around the world, we ask that you join us in prayer…Prayer for the country of Afghanistan, the evacuees, the families of those lost, Louisiana & Mississippi, Haiti, the flooding in TN, the fires out west, Covid-19, and so much more. We ask you to pray alongside TTF as we try to help fight for those who are hurting.”
For more on the crisis in Afghanistan, read here.