“Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.”
That’s how the Dread Pirate Roberts left the hero of The Princess Bride each evening. Imagine having that hanging over your head at work. Albeit, Westley eventually was handed the mantle of Dread Pirate Roberts by his boss so things kind of worked out career wise for him. The same may not be true for Tim Tebow.
When asked about Tim Tebow’s chances of making the Jacksonville Jaguars this season, new head coach Urban Meyer hemmed and hawed, talked about the NFL system where you can only keep 53 guys, unlike in college, then spat out, “What’s the difference between him and the other 40 guys trying to make the team?”
That’s not the biggest vote of confidence. You just called Football Jesus a widget, boss man.
Tebow is attempting yet another pro sports comeback, this time as a tight end for the Jaguars, the team geographically closest to the highlight days of his football life — college. No doubt, Tebow is a superior athlete. They don’t just hand out Heisman Trophies. I mean, technically, they do hand them out, but only to one college player each year. He was a very good college football player. And at 6’2″ and now listed at 245, he’s clearly taking this TE job application process seriously. The dude got jacked.
That being said, he’ll be 34 when the 2021 NFL season begins, has never played tight end in the NFL, and his last season playing football was spent holding the clipboard for the 2012 Jets. Almost nobody makes this kind of comeback. Without doing a lick of research, I’m prepared to say, nobody ever has.
It’s the kind of miraculous comeback story that may only be available to Football Jesus. An immaculate return with assistance from above. That assistance surely won’t come from Urban Meyer himself who knows he’s immediately on the hot seat to win with a newly draft-jacked team and a super fat $12 million year coaching contract. Especially not when he declares you, “Just one of 90 guys.”
Let us pray.