Tebow to be major player in SEC Network
Former Florida quarterback and Heisman winner, Tim Tebow, has been hired as a college football analyst for the SEC Network launching in August 2014. Through a multi-year agreement, Tebows primary role will be as an analyst forSEC Nation, the networks traveling pregame show that will originate from a different SEC campus each week beginningAugust 28, 2014. In the months leading up to launch and after, he will contribute to a variety of ESPN platforms includingSportsCenter,ESPN Radio, and the networks Heisman Trophy coverage, offering in-depth perspective as a legendary Southeastern Conference player.
OnMonday, Jan. 6, Tebow will make his first appearance as an ESPN analyst during pregame coverage of the 2013 VIZIO BCS National Championship. He will contribute to the9 a.m. ETedition ofSportsCenter,College Football Live(3 p.m.) andCollege GameDay Built by The Home Depot(7 p.m.). He will also be part of studio coverage for the new College Football Playoff (semifinals and championship game), which begins next season.
Tebow is the first college football analyst hired for the SEC Network. He joins a commentating roster that includesJoe Tessitore, host ofSEC Nation, and Paul Finebaum, host ofThe Paul Finebaumradio show.
Tim is a SEC icon with a national fan base and broad appeal.He will be a significant contributor to thecompelling content we willdeliver with the SEC Network, saidJustin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president,programming, college networks. Tim brings a wealth of knowledge about the game, the conferenceand the passion amongSEC fans.
I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity, said Tebow. When I was six years old I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.
Tebow and Tessitores firstSEC Nationshow will air from Columbia, S.C.,Thursday, Aug. 28,for the Texas A&M at South Carolina game. The game will be televised exclusivelyon the network. The showstwo-hour (10 a.m. noon)Saturdaydebut will beAugust 30from Auburn, Ala.,when Arkansas visits Auburn.SEC Nationwill aireverySaturdaythroughout the SEC college football seasonand offer an immersive look at game day around SEC campuses.
SEC Nationwill be a tent pole program for the network and as a recent SEC star, Tim Tebow was the ideal candidate to deliver first-hand insight into the coaches, players and programs, saidStephanie Druley, vice president production, college networks.
Tebows role with ESPN will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL.