ESPN announced Monday (Dec. 30) that former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has agreed to a multiyear deal to join them as an analyst for the SEC Network.
The Big Lead unearthed the news in early December, revealing that various sports networks — including CBS Sports, Fox Sports and ESPN — were engaged in a bidding war in hopes of wooing the 26-year-old to join their college football broadcast team.
“I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity,” Tebow said in a statement. “When I was 6 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.”
In the deal, Tebow’s main role will be as an analyst for “SEC Nation,” a traveling football pregame show that will originate from a different SEC campus each week. The show will debut before the Texas A&M-South Carolina game in Columbia, S.C., on Aug. 28.
He’ll also contribute to a variety of ESPN platforms, including “SportsCenter,” ESPN Radio and the network’s Heisman Trophy coverage.
Tebow will make his debut as an analyst on Jan. 6 during ESPN’s pregame coverage of the Vizio BCS National Championship.