Heisman Trophy-winner Tim Tebow has not given up on playing in the NFL even though he will be in the analyst chair this season, says his former college coach Urban Meyer.
Meyer, who won two national championships while coaching at the University of Florida, talked about Tebow in a wide ranging CBS Sports interview
where he answered questions about his current Heisman hopeful at Ohio State University, signal-caller Braxton Miller.
Tebow led the Denver Broncos to a playoff win in the 2011 season before he was traded to the New York Jets to make room for Peyton Manning. Since then, he has been cut by both the Jets and the New England Patriots after preseason last year.
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He has a career quarterback rating of 75.3, completing 47.9 percent of his passes (173-361) for 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
"You'd imagine how he works," Meyers told CBS Sports. "(He) works every day. He's hoping. There are some conversations about it. I don't know too much. There's hope and he says there's stuff going on."
Meyer was not specific about if knew of any teams were actually in conversations with Tebow, who became the first sophomore to ever win the Heisman Trophy as college football's best player in 2007.
After he was released by New England, Tebow signed on to be a football analyst for the new SEC Network, which is owned by ESPN
"I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity," Tebow said back in December, adding that professional football was still in his future. "When I was six years old, I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC."
ESPN announced that Tebow would also appear on ESPN's flagship "SportsCenter," ESPN Radio and its Heisman Trophy coverage.
"Tim is an SEC icon with a national fan base and broad appeal," said Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, programming, college networks. "He will be a significant contributor to the compelling content we will deliver with the SEC Network. Tim brings a wealth of knowledge about the game, the conference and the passion among SEC fans."
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