In the SEC, they still love him.
Down South, he is still an icon.
Tim Tebow, recently released by the Philadelphia Eagles in his most recent attempt to play in the National Football League, is returning the SEC Network. He begins Saturday in a game between Georgia and Vanderbilt.
Tebow remains one of the most popular players ever to play in the SEC, a winner of a Heisman and a pair of national championships at Florida. As a pro, Tebow was a first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos. In 2011, Tebow posted a 7-4 record and won a playoff game, which made him even more popular among his critics.
He was traded to New York after the Broncos acquired Peyton Manning, however, and rarely played. Many thought this year’s chance to make the Eagles might have been his last.
In college football, however, fans are slower to surrender their heroes, and Tebow retains a credibility from his years he started with the Gators.