The Eagles have released Tim Tebow, delivering another setback to the former Heisman Trophy winner’s NFL aspirations.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly kept quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. But said he plans on bringing on a third.
“We felt Tim has progressed, but we didn’t feel he was good enough to be the (No.) 3 right now,” Kelly said.
Tebow has garnered widespread media attention for his devotion to his Christian beliefs, often displaying them on the field with what has become known as “Tebowing”– dropping to one knee in prayer with his head resting on one hand.
The move was so popular among his fans, it became a cultural phenomenon, particularly during the 2011 football season.
Tebow appeared to be safe after Philadelphia traded Matt Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals on Friday. The two have been competing for the Eagles’ No. 3 quarterback spot behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.
Tebow won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 but has not appeared in an NFL regular-season game since December 2012.
The Heisman Trophy winner was a first round pick of the Denver Broncos, where he found some success, including a sophomore season Wild Card Playoff win. Still, in 2012, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets, where the magic didn’t translate. The following season, he was released by the New England Patriots during training camp.
Overall, in his three NFL years, Tebow went 8-6 in the regular season as a starter. He completed just 47.9 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards and 17 touchdowns versus nine interceptions. The two-time BCS National Champion has a 75.3 pro QB Rating.
In late 2013, Tebow signed a a multiyear deal with ESPN to serve as a SEC college football analyst. The following September, he joined ABC’s “Good Morning America” as a contributor, staying within the Disney family.