Tim Tebow was reportedly among those scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week, according to The New York Times. However, the former Heisman winner took to Instagram to deny that report.
The New York Times reports that Tebow will speak on the fourth night -- Thursday, July 21 -- of the Republican National Convention. If he does attend, he would be among three noteworthy figures from the world of sports expected to speak, joining Dana White -- the president of the mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fighting Championship -- and professional golfer Natalie Gulbis. Not included on the list of speakers is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is a noted supporter of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Tebow currently works as an analyst for the SEC Network, but has opened the door for a career change into politics. In March, Tebow indicated that he would be intrigued by a possible future in politics.
Tebow -- known nearly as much for his open devotion to Christianity as his football career -- won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and helped lead Florida to national championships in 2007 and 2009. He was a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos in the 2010 NFL Draft and led the team to an AFC West division title and wild-card playoff win in 2011. Since then, he's bounced around the league. In 2012, he was backup quarterback for the New York Jets. In 2013, he signed with the Patriots but was cut when the team trimmed its roster to 53 players for the start of the regular season. Last year, Tebow competed for a third-string quarterback spot on the Philadelphia Eagles, but was released following the fourth preseason game.