The quarterback known for his public displays of faith now needs a Hail Mary himself. The New England Patriots cut Tim Tebow on Saturday, leaving many people wondering: is this the end of his NFL career?
The New England Patriots cut the 26-year-old from their roster just 12 weeks after signing him, and five days before the start of the season.
Tebow's NFL future has been questionable since Day One of training camp. (Reporter: "Do you think it's your last opportunity to be a starter in the NFL?") "I'm focused on today, getting better today, not anything that's going to happen down the road. But today," said Tebow.
His release comes just a year after the height of Tebow mania, where fans copied his pre-game prayer pose, known as "Tebow-ing". His jersey flew off the clothing racks, while his face filled the magazine racks. He was even parodied on Saturday Night Live.
Tebow's stats once spoke for themselves; he won the Heisman and two national championships while playing for the Florida Gators. Then came the NFL and the Denver Broncos -- starting off as a backup quarterback, then building on his records and winning infamy after throwing an overtime game-winning pass to beat the celebrated Pittsburgh Steelers.
But now, he can't seem to catch a break. "If he's going to stay in the NFL, he has to play another position. He can't play QB. He's lost sort of the ability, what little ability he had, to play QB," says Mike Freeman, columnist for the Bleacher Report.
But Tebow says his faith in his future remains steadfast. On Saturday he tweeted: "I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback."
It’s a determination he's shown since joining the Patriots. "I feel like in every situation there's a learning opportunity in life; not only in football, but in everything you do in life."