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IRVING, Texas (CBS Houston/AP) — Glenn Beck is offering support to NFL free agent Tim Tebow.
During his radio show Monday, the conservative talk show host said he believes Tebow’s religious and political beliefs are costing him a shot at latching onto a team.
“You could be a good guy, clean life, but be on the wrong side politically and you’re doomed,” Beck said.
Beck continued: “I love the fact that you can get a chance if you’ve murdered somebody.”
Since being cut by the New York Jets, no NFL team has claimed interest in the former Heisman-winning quarterback. A recent ESPN report revealed that Tebow’s NFL career might already be over.
“He’s not a quarterback,” one scout told ESPN. “When you look at his run two years ago, when you watch the tape and break it down, he wasn’t really doing anything that impressive. He’s a tough guy, a great leader, a great person. But he isn’t a good enough quarterback to have all the distractions that come with him.”
The Jets acquired Tebow for a fourth-round draft pick and $1.5 million in salary from the Denver Broncos, and he was expected to be a vital part of New York’s offense. But Tebow barely got on the field during the season, even getting bypassed to start after Mark Sanchez was benched.
If an NFL doesn’t pick him up, Beck says he has a job for him.
“Hopefully when he no longer has a job, we’ll have enough money to be able to hire him to do sports for the network,” Beck said. “Who else would hire him to do even sports? ESPN probably wouldn’t hire him.”
Teams from the Arena Football League and the Canadian Football League have expressed interest in bringing Tebow aboard.
Over three seasons, Tebow has thrown for 2,422 yards and 17 touchdowns, including 12 rushing scores. The former first-round pick also led the Broncos to a dramatic overtime playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012.
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