Tim Tebow has a shot at becoming another Michael Strahan on TV

Since Disney owns both ESPN and ABC, it’s not surprising that Tim Tebow will be a co-host on ABC’s "Good Morning America" Friday.

Even though no NFL has signed him or even brought him in for a workout since the New England Patriots cut him at the end of training camp last year, Tebow has lost none of his popularity and may give GMA a ratings boost.

ABC even promoted Tebow's appearance at the end of President Obama's State of the Union coverage Tuesday night. 


Slideshow: Tim Tebow career highlights


Among other things, Tebow will join NFL All-Stars to challenge chef Emeril Lagasse to a Super Bowl snack cook off. 

And he has firsthand knowledge of the Broncos since he quarterbacked them to the playoffs in 2011.

His appearance also shows the TV executives must have been pleased with his debut as an ESPN analyst on Jan. 6 for the BCS title game. He got generally good reviews for that appearance.

It’s obvious that Tebow has a future as an ESPN analyst. But if he does well on GMA, he could have a future as a crossover performer on daytime TV and follow in the footsteps of Michael Strahan. Strahan co-hosts “Live with Kelly and Michael’’ in addition to being a football analyst on Fox NFL Sunday.

But appearing on TV is harder than it looks. For every Strahan, there’s a Tiki Barber, another former New York Giant who got a shot on the "Today" show after he retired.

Barber, though, wasn’t a natural on TV and eventually lost the gig. It didn’t help that he started an affair with an intern he met on the Today show and left his wife when she was eight months pregnant before eventually marrying the former intern.

Tebow, of course, is noted for his squeaky clean image so he’s not going to be involved in any scandals. And Tebow won’t be making the kind of controversial statements Barber has made over the years.

If Tebow does well on GMA Friday, it could open many other broadcasting doors for him.

Tebow still hasn’t given up hope of returning to the NFL, but TV could be his future.    

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AntiGator
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AntiGator
Thursday, January 30, 2014 @ 1:44 pm
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What an odd story comparison. Tebow and Strahan.

One is a successful college and NFL player that has an outgoing, witty personality that he has parlayed into a successful television career.

The other one is quite shy and timid when he speaks. While analyzing the National Championship Tebow did not control the conversation at all.

Oh well if the media wants to grasp at strings so they can continue to ride on the Tebow bandwagon, go for it.

I choose to follow the news of all the Jacksonville based athletes that have done well. Not just Tebow.

R.G. IngersollFan
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R.G. IngersollFan
Thursday, January 30, 2014 @ 11:23 am

SECOND: Gawd better do a better job in bringing me around than he did in bringing Timmy around to the NFL or I'm gonna be lost for a long time!

secondguesser
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secondguesser
Thursday, January 30, 2014 @ 9:30 am

Oh yeah

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secondguesser
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secondguesser
Thursday, January 30, 2014 @ 9:27 am

Lol Dubya!!!!!

Time to move on?!!! LOL!!!!!

I hate to tell ya brother, and this is gonna be hard for you to accept, but "Gawd" is using Timmy to bring you around! Surrender dude! Before it's all said and done, you will "TEBOW"!! Lol.

P.S. Timmy will be on around 7:00 A.M. Friday morning. ABC. HEY, don't miss it!

R.G. IngersollFan
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R.G. IngersollFan
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 8:23 pm

All those impressive stats for St. Timothy, and yet, 32 GM's are not at all impressed. How can that be? Surely had he stayed with Denver he'd have done much better than Peyton. Surely Denver regrets bouncing the holy hero for Peyton.

As Hey-soos said in the hol-ee "Bobble," "Thou canst pray thyself silly, but if thou canst not throw a tight spiral with the sacred spheroid, thou shalt join the other former jocks in the broadcast booth so thou canst not foul the gridiron with thy sinful play. Ye have prayed mightily to me to be an NFL QB but I canst get over your second playoff game whenst thou truly showed thy worth against New England. So screw thee."

But maybe if you believers keep praying for poor Timmy, he'll be a better host than a QB. Maybe. Gawd's already spoken on his NFL career but maybe he'll like Timmy better as a TV host. Maybe.

Timmy and his disciples prayed heavily for a Tee-Bow NFL career. Gawd answered. Time to move on.