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Popular Christian football player Tim Tebow has vowed that he will continue his "relentless" pursuit to make it in the NFL despite being recently released by the New England Patriots, although one of his former coaches has said that it might be time for him to look into the CFL (Canadian Football League).
"I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback," Tebow posted on Facebook and Twitter on Saturday after finding out that he did not make the Patriots cut for the new season, and also thanked the franchise for giving him the opportunity.
He also shared the Bible verse 2 Corinthians 12:9, which reads: "And He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me."
The football player, a former first-round pick, has found strength in his faith despite recent setbacks, including his release from the New York Jets at the end of last season. Some analysts, such as premier quarterback coach Steve Clarkson who worked with Tebow in February, suggested, however, that the athlete might have to look for other options if he wants to keep that dream alive.
"It's time now to maybe just reconsider a different path to his ultimate dream. Tim might want to look to the CFL because he may have run out of options in the NFL,'' Clarkson shared with USA TODAY Sports on Sunday. "Sitting is not an option for Tim. He's ultra-competitive. He needs to stick to his strength, which is being in a competitive environment.
"Anyone who wants to work on their craft the way Tim does, he just needs to give himself a couple of days and really decide, 'Is this what I want to do?' Clearly, football is still in his blood,'' he added.
Fans have reached out on social media outlets with support for the Christian athlete, who has said that his faith helps him deal with anxiety and not worry about the future, whatever it might bring.
Last week he also tweeted a picture of Psalm 62:5-7, which reads, "Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God. he is my mighty rock, my refuge."