Fans of much-maligned quarterback Tim Tebow are hoping that a plea to the White House will help their fallen hero find an NFL job.
In a petition to the Obama administration, Tebow fans begged the president to call Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell on the quarterback’s behalf.
“Call NFL Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell and tell him to stop ignoring the Jaguars fans and sign Tim Tebow!” the petition reads.
“Jacksonville Jaguars fans want the team to sign recently released QB Tim Tebow. However, rookie general manager for the Jacksonville Jaguars David Caldwell is blocking this from happening. If the Jaguars sign & START Tebow, home games will be sold out, sales will spike, the team will win and the fans will be happy.”
Tebow’s status as an NFL player has always been a shaky proposition, especially after an anemic season as the Jets’ backup quarterback. When the Jets decided to use a second-round draft selection on West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Tebow’s fate was sealed.
Ever since his April 29 release, fans have endeavored to find the perfect landing spot for the erratic southpaw, with everything from the Canadian Football League to the Jacksonville Jaguars mentioned as a possible option. In the White House plea, Tebow supporters point to his impressive performance as the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos as evidence of his NFL value.
“Mr. Caldwell is ignoring lots of facts about the misunderstood Tim Tebow while in Denver: Passer rating of 125.6 is highest ever in Broncos postseason history. Most yards per completion (31.6) in NFL playoff history. 100.5 QB rating is best ever for a Broncos QB in his first start.Third most passing yards in a game by a Bronco rookie QB. (308, in his 2nd start), First 15+ point comeback in the final 3 minutes of an NFL game since the merger, 7 game winning drives in just 16 games!”
The signing would also make sense on an economic scale. As a college football star at the University of Florida, Tebow cultivated a rabid fan base in the same region that the Jaguars call home. If nothing else, the former Heisman Trophy winner would be able to draw a crowd.
While the plea to President Obama does make a compelling case, it has yet to gain much traction. As of Monday morning, the petition had only garnered about 130 signatures, well short of its goal of 100,000.
Even if the petition manages to hit its mark, don’t expect President Obama to get Caldwell on the phone anytime soon. The Jaguars general manager and team owner, Shad Khan, have already denied having any interest in signing Tebow to any sort of contract.
Besides, President Obama is a pretty busy guy.
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...