Doug Gottlieb welcomed Tim Tebow to his show Wednesday and wasted absolutely no time in getting down to the nitty-gritty: If an NFL team called you right now and said, ‘Tim, we need you in camp tomorrow,’ what would you say? Would you go to camp?
“I got to look at it,” a chuckling Tebow said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I got to figure out the situation. Not necessarily be opposed to it, but you never know. Good way to start out the interview, though. I like it.”
Tebow played four preseason games for the Eagles last season but was released in September. Some teams, however, are in need of a quarterback, including the Jets, who haven’t yet reached an agreement with Ryan Fitzpatrick, with whom Tebow shares an agent.
So, Gottlieb asked again: If a team calls Tebow, could Tebow go to camp?
“Well, can I? I mean, I can,” Tebow said. “Will I? I don’t know. I got to look at it, see the situation. I got to weigh it, weigh the opportunities.”
That said, Tebow, who turns 29 in August, absolutely believes he could still be an effective NFL quarterback.
“I think for me, I’m in the best shape that I’ve ever been,” he said. “I think I’m still young. I still feel really good. So is that something that I still feel like I could be an effective quarterback in the NFL? Yeah, I really do feel like I could be. But I think at the same time, there’s a lot of other things that I’m doing that I love and I’m blessed to do, whether that’s being a part of college football, whether that’s (writing) another book or whether that’s what my foundation is doing in 16 other countries. So I’m staying extremely busy doing a lot of things that I love to do. Football is just one thing that I love to do. But it can’t become your everything because eventually you’re not going to be able to play, whether that’s today or it’s five years from now. If it’s your everything, then when you’re done, what do you do? I’m glad I’m not at a point where it’s who I am. It’s just a piece of what I’ve done.”
As for his alma mater, Tebow believes that Florida will better offensively this season, despite the fact that quarterback Will Grier transferred to West Virginia and Treon Harris has switched from quarterback to wide receiver and will transfer to a school to be determined.
“I think Luke Del Rio is going to fill the position very nicely,” Tebow said of Jack Del Rio’s son. “I don’t necessarily know that he has take-over-the-game type talent, but I do think he’s extremely smart. I think he’s pretty accurate, I think he knows the offense very well, I think he understands what Coach McElwain wants to do with this offense if he can get it into the hands of the playmakers. I think the offense will be more efficient and a little bit more effective. Will they be able to take over the game? I don’t know about that, but I think they will be more effective as far as what Coach McElwain wants to do.”