Tim Tebow Offered Spot On AFL’s LA Kiss
Tim Tebow might get another shot at playing quarterback with the Arena Football League’s Los Angeles Kiss.
Tebow failed to impress Bill Bellicheck when the New England Patriots picked him up after he was unceremoniously dropped by the New York Jets. He delivered subpar performances on the field during the NFL’s exhibition games, and apparently didn’t look much better on the practice pitch. During final cutdowns, Belicheck released Tebow, making him a free agent.
LA Kiss co-owners Brett Bouchy, Doc McGhee, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are willing to give Tebow a shot on their Arena Football League squad, reported Fox Sports. They announced that they’d be willing to sign the Heisman Trophy winner to a three-year contract offer that would then have to be approved by the AFL Board of Directors and the AFL Player’s Union.
While it may sound like too big a step down for the athlete who led the Denver Broncos to a playoff win not too long ago, Bouchy made a good argument with a reference to Super Bowl-winning QB Kurt Warner.
"Similar to how Kurt Warner blossomed in the NFL after becoming one of the greatest quarterbacks in AFL history, we feel our league is the best place for Tim to refine his skills and gain valuable repetitions, “ Bouchy said. “We have tremendous faith in Tim's ability to succeed in the AFL.”
Of course, the main motivation for LA Kiss owners recruiting Tebow is the cash he could bring to the new AFL franchise. Throughout the announcement, the co-owners acknowledge the benefit of getting Tebow from a “business standpoint” and what a “great investment” it would be for the squad.
"We're excited for the opportunity to see him with an LA Kiss uniform on,” said Kiss frontman Simmons. "And for the LA Kiss fans to be rockin' their Tebow shirts and jerseys."
Tebow has yet to publicly comment on the offer from the LA Kiss. If past is prologue, however, it seems unlikely that Tebow will settle for anything less than being an NFL QB. After the Patriots dropped him, he wrote on Twitter, "I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback.'' In the past, he’s spurned offers from NFL franchises to take up a different position, and has shown a lack of desire to play in the Canadian Football League.
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