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Tim Tebow is sticking around at ESPN.
The former NFL quarterback has signed a three-year extension at the channel, a knowledgeable source tells The Hollywood Reporter.
As part of his pact, Tebow will continue as a football analyst on the traveling pregame show SEC Nation. He also will continue to play a role in ESPN’s College Football Playoff programming, providing analysis across ESPN’s various networks.
“Tim brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to his analysis of college football and surprised many fans with his strong opinions and engaging presence on SEC Nation,” Stephanie Druley, ESPN senior vp, event and studio production, said Monday in a statement. “His unique experiences within the SEC and his broad national fan base are huge assets to SEC Nation and ESPN’s larger CFP coverage.”
Added Tebow: “Over the last three years, ESPN and the SEC Nation crew have become like family. I love the passion that SEC fans bring to our set every Saturday morning, and I look forward to continuing to share my own love of the game with fans on ESPN and SEC Network.”
The contract extension comes after a round of layoffs at ESPN, which included nearly 100 on-air personalities like NFL reporter Ed Werder and college basketball reporter Dana O’Neill, among many others. Other personalities at the network, like mainstay Hannah Storm, may see their roles reduced.
At the time, ESPN president John Skipper opened up about the “challenging” process in a note to employees that was posted online. “A necessary component of managing change involves constantly evaluating how we best utilize all of our resources, and that sometimes involves difficult decisions,” he wrote. “Dynamic change demands an increased focus on versatility and value, and as a result, we have been engaged in the challenging process of determining the talent — anchors, analysts, reporters, writers and those who handle play-by-play — necessary to meet those demands.”
Tebow’s ESPN tenure dates back to 2013, when he was the first college football analyst tapped for SEC Network. After winning the Heisman Trophy and two national championships while playing college football at University of Florida, he was selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Tebow went onto play for the New York Jets, in addition to preseason stints with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
However, he stepped away from football in 2015 when he was released by the latter team. He has since turned his focus to baseball, and signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets in 2016.
Tebow is repped by CAA.
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