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It is unclear whether or not free agent quarterback Tim Tebow will play in the NFL again, but a new report says if he can't find work in the league he will look at opportunities to work on television.
Tebow has hired "prominent" broadcast agent Nick Khan of Creative Artists Agency, according to a tweet from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, and will look into "college TV jobs" if he doesn't get picked up by an NFL team. Khan will join sports agent Jimmy Sexton in representing the evangelical Christian athlete.
The 26-year-old quarterback, who won a Heisman Trophy in college as the quarterback for the University of Florida Gators, was released by the New England Patriots in August before the start of the regular season.
Just a few seasons ago he was the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. After leading Denver on a playoff run, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets, where he served as a backup quarterback for one season before being let go and eventually being picked up by the Patriots.
A number of teams have offered Tebow the opportunity to play quarterback this year, though none of them are in the NFL. The LA KISS, an Arena Football League team owned by KISS the rock band, offered Tebow a three-year contract in September that a press release said would have given him the opportunity to "earn millions." A Russian team, the Moscow Black Storm, offered Tebow $1 million to play in two games, but he declined.
About a week after Tebow was cut by the Patriots, Sports Illustrated's Peter King reported on NBC's "2013 NFL Kickoff" show that Tebow only wants to play in the NFL, according to SI Wire. King also reported at the time that a team had expressed interest in the athlete, but nothing came of it because he was unwilling to play a position other than quarterback.
While the fanaticism that was "Tebowmania" has mostly subsided, some fans of organizations with struggling quarterbacks are clamoring for Tebow to take the field for their favorite teams.
In Jacksonville, where Tebow grew up and the Jaguars have earned just one win on the season thus far, City Council Member Don Redman recently said the Jaguars should consider signing Tebow, who he believes would at least draw a crowd to watch the struggling team.
Tebow supporters in the city have also organized rallies, purchased a billboard and even advertised their request on a banner towed by a plane that flew over EverBank Stadium earlier this year.
The banner, according to USA Today's For The Win, could be seen above the stadium during the second quarter of a game between the Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts. It simply said: "Tebow, why not?"