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NFL quarterback Tim Tebow won both the Heisman Trophy and the BCS National Championship while playing for the Florida Gators in college. He was drafted by the NFL’s Denver Broncos in 2010 and joined the New York Jets in 2012.
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Quarterback Tim Tebow was drafted in 2010 by the Denver Broncos and led his team to the playoffs. He was traded to the New York Jets, and then the New England Patriots. Off the field, Tebow has been vocal about his Christian faith.
Quarterback Tom Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2000. Since playing with the Patriots, he's won three Super Bowls and was named Super Bowl MVP twice. He is married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 2001, Michael Vick's career was derailed when he served time in prison for illegal dog fighting. He then signed on as quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has won two Super Bowls. He is the younger brother of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
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A few months after the season came to an end, in March 2012, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets in a firestorm of media attention and scrutiny. There was much debate as to whether he would replace Mark Sanchez as the team's starting quarterback. However, as the football season began,
Sanchez remained in the leading position. Tebow only played briefly during the Jets' first game against the Buffalo Bills in September 2012—a pattern that would prove to be consistent throughout the rest of the season. By the end of the 2012-13 season, he had participated in only 72 offensive snaps with the New York team.
In late April 2013, it was announced that the New York Jets had released Tebow. The team had reportedly not been able to find a trade partner for Tebow from the time the season ended until he was released in the early spring.
In early June 2013, it was announced that the New England Patriots had signed Tebow, reportedly to a two-year contract. "Tim is a talented player, is smart and works hard. We'll see how it goes," Patriots coach Bill Belichick stated in an interview with ESPN. However, after spending 12 weeks as the quarterback for the Patriots, Tebow was released from his contract. The decision to release Tebow occurred when all NFL teams had to cut their rosters to 53 players. In response, Tebow said "I'm blessed, because of my faith, that I don't have to worry about the future because I know who holds my future."
Apart from his skills on the field, Tebow is known for his devotion to his Christian beliefs and his charity work. The former is displayed often on the field with what has become known as "Tebowing"—dropping to one knee in prayer with his head resting on one hand. The move is both widely imitated by Tebow fans and widely mocked by others. Whatever the intent behind the fad, Tebowing became a cultural phenomenon in the 2011 football season.
While active in charity work even in college, Tebow founded the Tim Tebow Foundation in January 2010. The faith-based outreach group works with children in need in both the United States and the Philippines, building facilities for sick children, granting wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses and building playrooms in hospitals and orphanages, among other far-reaching charitable works.
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