NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have a ton of problems. But there’s a faction of “fans” out there that think Tim Tebow will fix them all.
A series of anonymous ads have popped up in newspapers urging Jaguars owner Shad Khan to sign Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who spent parts of four seasons with the Broncos, Jets and Patriots. The person or group responsible for one ad in particular, which appeared recently in the Florida Times-Union, addressed it to Khan and said “Sign Tim Tebow & We Will Fill The Stadium.”
The media blitz follows an incident earlier in the season in which a pro-Tebow banner was flown over EverBank Field in Jacksonville during a game on Sept. 30.
Back in May, a group of Jacksonville fans petitioned President Barack Obama to force the Jaguars to sign Tebow. The movement went nowhere. Well-known Florida attorney John Morgan then launched an ad campaign aimed at convincing Khan to take a chance on the unorthodox quarterback.
To this point, the Jaguars (1-9) still have not shown even the slightest bit of interest in signing Tebow.
The 26-year-old quarterback has kept a low profile since being cut by the Patriots back on Aug. 31.
Many believe members of Tebow’s cult-like following are responsible for the latest round of ads. Tebow remains one of the most polarizing figures in all of sports, and his fans, many of whom are diehard University of Florida football supporters, think he can do no wrong.
But Tebow is not in the NFL right now because there hasn’t been much he’s done right of late as a quarterback. Since leading the Broncos to the playoffs in 2011, Tebow has been traded and released twice. His time with the Jets was filled with controversy as he appeared in 12 games in 2012, mostly on special teams, and was never used in a meaningful way, leading many to believe that him coming to New York was more about the Jets trying to get publicity and selling tickets than anything else.
Since failing to latch on with New England, Tebow has been looking for work in the NFL but has also remained conspicuously out of the public eye. He turned down offers to play in the Arena Football League and a cool $1 million to play two games in a Russian league.
Lately, there has been speculation that Tebow will look to go into college football broadcasting if he continues to receive no interest from NFL teams.
But in the interim, Tebow’s name is often the first one mentioned when there are openings, usually fueled by a dogged media and his legion of loyalists.
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