Tim Tebow will be spending time in Charlotte

jjones@charlotteobserver.comDecember 31, 2013 

ESPN Tebow Football

Former quarterback Tim Tebow says he is not done with the NFL even though helping ESPN launch the SEC Network was too good an opportunity to pass up. Tebow stresses he will keep training in hopes of returning to the NFL.

MATT ROURKE — AP

Tim Tebow has joined the SEC Network, which will be based in Charlotte when it launches in August.

So will Tebow be a Charlotte resident?

Not so fast.

The former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida and NFL quarterback with three different teams said Tuesday on a conference call he does not know where he’ll be based for his new media venture, but he anticipates a few trips to ESPN’s Ballantyne studios.

“I know we have to travel a lot every single week, so I’m sure I’ll be on the road a lot,” Tebow said, “which, it won’t be too foreign to me because I feel like I’ve done that a lot over the last three years bouncing from team to team, so that won’t be too much of a transition for me. But I’m not sure. I’m sure I’ll have to be there from time to time, but I’m not sure where my home base will be.”

ESPN announced Monday it signed Tebow to a multi-year contract. He will work primarily as a panelist for SEC Nation, the network’s traveling pregame show, while also doing spots for SportsCenter and ESPN Radio, both of which are based at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn.

Tebow will make his ESPN debut on Jan. 6 during pregame coverage of the BCS National Championship Game.

He and ESPN struck a deal that will allow him to continue to pursue an opportunity as an NFL quarterback. Tebow last played for the Patriots in the preseason before being cut in August.

“I’m not sure what’s ahead of me. I’m very excited to have this opportunity with ESPN,” Tebow said. “Who knows what the next few months will hold? I will continue to train to be the best quarterback that I can be, and I have been training over the course of the last few months five days a week, and I feel that I’m the best that I’ve ever been as a quarterback right now and I hope I get the opportunity to show that.”

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