SEC Network Hires Tim Tebow for Pregame Show 'SEC Nation', Additional ESPN Duties

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December 30th, 2013


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SEC Network Hires Tim Tebow for Pregame Show SEC Nation, Additional ESPN Duties
Will Make Analyst Debut During ESPN’s VIZIO BCS National Championship Coverage January 6 from Pasadena


Former Florida quarterback and Heisman winner, Tim Tebow, has been hired as a college football analyst for the SEC Network launching in August 2014. Through a multi-year agreement, Tebow’s primary role will be as an analyst for SEC Nation, the network’s traveling pregame show that will originate from a different SEC campus each week beginning August 28, 2014. In the months leading up to launch and after, he will contribute to a variety of ESPN platforms including SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and the network’s Heisman Trophy coverage, offering in-depth perspective as a legendary Southeastern Conference player.


On Monday, Jan. 6, Tebow will make his first appearance as an ESPN analyst during pregame coverage of the 2013 VIZIO BCS National Championship. He will contribute to the 9 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter, College Football Live (3 p.m.) and College GameDay Built by The Home Depot (7 p.m.). He will also be part of studio coverage for the new College Football Playoff (semifinals and championship game), which begins next season.


Tebow is the first college football analyst hired for the SEC Network. He joins a commentating roster that includes Joe Tessitore, host of SEC Nation, and Paul Finebaum, host of The Paul Finebaum radio show.


“Tim is a SEC icon with a national fan base and broad appeal. He will be a significant contributor to the compelling content we will deliver with the SEC Network,” said Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, programming, college networks. “Tim brings a wealth of knowledge about the game, the conference and the passion among SEC fans.”


“I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity,” said Tebow. “When I was six years old I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.”

Tebow and Tessitore’s first SEC Nation show will air from Columbia, S.C., Thursday, Aug. 28, for the Texas A&M at South Carolina game. The game will be televised exclusively on the network. The show’s two-hour (10 a.m. – noon) Saturday debut will be August 30 from Auburn, Ala., when Arkansas visits Auburn. SEC Nation will air every Saturday throughout the SEC college football season and offer an immersive look at game day around SEC campuses.


SEC Nation will be a tent pole program for the network and as a recent SEC star, Tim Tebow was the ideal candidate to deliver first-hand insight into the coaches, players and programs,” said Stephanie Druley, vice president production, college networks.


Tebow’s role with ESPN will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL.


  • E

    It is unbelievable that Tim Tebow cannot get a job as a Quarterback in the NFL. There are a lot of crappy quarterbacks in the league, and Tebow would be an improvement over many of them. Trivia question: Who has more playoff wins as a Denver Quarterback? Tim Tebow or Peyton Manning? The answer is Tim Tebow. Enough said!

  • Jagger Dagger

    I hope for his own sake he can talk on TV better than he can throw a football.

  • bumpus maximus

    Tebow did have a run with Denver pulling some games out of the fire but overall, he just didn’t possess the talent to be a QB in the NFL. This is why Denver decided to go after Manning and the Jets subsequently released him. Tebow is one of many successful college QBs who have been unable to transition to the NFL. Some are still in the league and make up some of the “crappy quarterbacks” you referred to. Soon, they will also be gone.

  • bumpus maximus

    Forgot..New England signed him last summer but weren’t impressed so they cut him. That was the end of his playing career.

  • Bob

    Glad at least he has a job in Sports. I guess he was right to trust in God. He did say that he wasn’t worried about his future. He must be doing something right.

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