Less than two weeks after ESPN notified 100 employees - many of them high-profile names - that they had been laid off, the network announced a contract extension with former NFL quarterback turned Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow.
Tebow has worked as a studio analyst for the SEC Network since its 2014 debut, and will continue in that role under the multi-year agreement announced Monday. He will remain part of “SEC Nation,” the network's traveling Saturday pregame show, and will also continue his role as an analyst in ESPN’s College Football Playoff programming.
A former teammate of infamous Bristol native Aaron Hernandez at the University of Florida, Tebow helped that school win a pair of national championships as its quarterback and won the Heisman Trophy in 2007. He was selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos, but hasn't played in the NFL since suiting up for the New York Jets in 2012.
He signed a minor league deal with the Mets late last year and is currently hitting .242 with two home runs in 26 games for their Single-A affiliate Columbia Fireflies in the South Atlantic League.
According to ESPN, Tebow’s deal with the Mets won’t be affected by the contract extension.
The network referred to Tebow as a “sports icon” in a press release
“Over the last three years ESPN and the SEC Nation crew have become like family,” Tebow said, according to the ESPN release. “I love the passion that SEC fans bring to our set every Saturday morning and I look forward to continuing to share my own love of the game with fans on ESPN and SEC Network.”
In addition, according to the release, “Tebow’s insight and commentary will be utilized throughout the year on various high profile ESPN network shows and platforms.”