Tim Tebow has said it before and he has said it again: He is a better quarterback now than he ever has been.
Tebow told USA Today that he still works out six days a week and that he throws four days a week. He was asked if he's a better quarterback now than he was a year ago. "By far," he said.
But instead of preparing for the season in an NFL training camp, Tebow is preparing for Thursday's launch of the ESPN-owned SEC Network, for whom he works as an analyst.
"I don't know what the future holds," Tebow told USA Today. "You never know. I know that I'm super happy doing this. I know I love training, I love playing ball, but this is a great opportunity."
He said he is taking advantage of what he calls the "blessing" of being able to work in television.
"It's important to me to as an analyst to really study and prepare, just like a player, and really know what I'm talking about," Tebow said. "The viewers deserve that, ESPN deserves that, the SEC Network deserves that, and I feel like that's just how I carry myself. I want to do a good job.
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. I'm a believer in that. I want to be the best at this that I can be."
Tebow has been training with quarterback guru Tom House in California and some NFL players in Arizona, including former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, who is attempting a comeback from a career-threatening neck injury. Finley has recently been tweeting about his workouts with Tebow, which is ironic since it was Finley who once called the coverage surrounding Tebow "disturbing."
Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88) August 11, 2014
Tebow said he took the SEC Network offer after some discussions with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who coached Tebow at Florida. Tebow told USA Today that Meyer, who spent the 2011 season as an ESPN analyst, talked about the positives of television, including being able to stay around the game. Last month, Meyer expressed dismay when discussing Tebow's absence from the NFL.
"Obviously, we both love the game," Tebow said. "You always want to be a part of it."
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