Gators legend Tim Tebow is now a member of Urban Meyer’s Jacksonville Jaguars after retiring from the Syracuse Mets last year.
The Jaguars announced Thursday morning that he has signed to play for his former Florida coach, ending weeks of speculation and rumors. He’s expected to join the Jags’ offseason workouts today.
Tebow will not, however, be playing the position that made him a star for Meyer’s Gators. Instead of playing quarterback, Tebow is set to try to make the team as a tight end.
“I want to thank the Jaguars for the opportunity to compete and earn the chance to be part of this team,” Tebow said. “I know it will be a challenge, but it is a challenge I embrace.”
Tebow, who grew up in the Jacksonville area, was one of the most successful quarterbacks in college football history at UF. He won a pair of national championships (2006 and 2008) for the Gators and was the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner. His career passing efficiency (170.8) still ranks 10th in college football history.
The Broncos drafted Tebow with the No. 25 overall pick in 2010, and his NFL career included one memorable playoff win. But he didn’t last in Denver. Stints with the Jets, Patriots and Eagles didn’t stick, either, leading him to pursue a baseball career instead.