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Tim Tebow is a quarterback for the New York Jets for now, but, just in case things don't work out in the NFL, the owner of an Arena Football League team has offered him a job.
Brett Bouchy, owner of the Orlando Predators, recently told the Orlando Sentinel that the former University of Florida quarterback and evangelical Christian would be a welcome addition to his team, and suggested that spending some time in the AFL could help Tebow improve as a player.
"Tim would certainly want to first exhaust his opportunities in the NFL, but we'd love to have him," Bouchy told the Sentinel. "I think he would definitely improve as a quarterback in our league.
"Kurt Warner told me once that when he got back to the NFL after playing in the Arena League, the NFL game was like slow motion. Everything in the Arena League is just so much faster and quicker and predicated on accuracy. Whenever Tim is willing, we have a contract waiting for him to sign."
Warner, also a Christian, was cut by the Green Bay Packers in 1994 following training camp. After finding success in the AFL as a quarterback for the Iowa Barnstormers, the eventual two-time NFL MVP was signed by the St. Louis Rams, the team he led to a Super Bowl XXXIV victory in 2000.
Some analysts have said Tebow's time in New York is drawing to a close, though Jets head coach Rex Ryan told the NFL Network that Tebow will be involved in an open quarterback competition with the team. He also said that Tebow is a member of the organization "for now."
Tebow was in his home state of Florida over the weekend hosting training events at the Tampa and Orlando locations of D1 Sports Training and Therapy, which he co-owns with retired Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones.
D1 members and several people from the general public were given the opportunity to be trained by Tebow and D1 coaches, though they weren't the only ones who benefited from the program. Proceeds from the events are going toward D1 training scholarships for underprivileged children in the Orlando and Tampa areas, according to the company's blog.