Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback turned broadcaster Tim Tebow has bought a 6,500-square-foot home in Jacksonville, Florida, for $1.4 million as he heads for his first season as a full-time football analyst.
The home was closed on June 27 and located in the Glen Kernan Golf and Country Club in south Jacksonville, according to WJXT-TV
. The home has five bedrooms and 4½ bathrooms.
The Jacksonville Business Journal reported
that the former Denver Broncos and New York Jets quarterback purchased the home from David and Virginia Bailey, of Vero Beach, Florida.
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"I'm just happy he's back in Florida," Brian Petty said, according to WJXT-TV. "I think he's a great individual. He adds a lot to the community here. I think he'll be a great leader."
Some neighbors said they were excited about Tebow's arrival in the neighborhood, noted the television station.
"I think he's great. I think he's what Jacksonville needs," said Gwen Peterson, one of the quarterback's new neighbors.
Tebow, who played his college football down the road for the University of Florida in Gainesville, recently purchased the PDQ restaurant franchise in Jacksonville with his brother, according to WJXT-TV.
ESPN signed Tebow, who won two national championships and the 2007 Heisman Trophy, to a multi-year contract to be a football analyst for its new SEC Network
, which will debut this collegiate footballs season.
He led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs but was traded to the New York Jets to make room for Peyton Manning. He has not played in the NFL since he was cut by the New England Patriots just before the start of last season.
According to media reports in June, Tebow continues to work out in hopes of resuming his career in the NFL
, spurring other professional football offers to concentrate on his return there.
He had worked out at the D-1 Training facility in the Nashville, Tennessee suburb of Cool Springs in May while some receivers from Nashville's indoor league team during a two-day stretch.
"I'm training every day and feel like I'm the best that I've ever been," said Tebow last month. "I still love it, love playing, talking about it, and I'm just excited about whatever the future holds. Who knows what could happen? But I'm excited about it, though."
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