Tim Tebow may never be a truly great NFL quarterback, but don't worry, he might have a back-up career in store: politics.
The New York Jets backup QB is now talking openly about a future in elected office, but if he decided to run here in his home state of Florida, he may have to overcome more than just opposition from the other party, but perhaps opposition of, you know, non-Gators fans.
"There are a lot of goals and ambitions that I have in life, things I want to accomplish," Tebow said in a recent Vogue interview (yes, he's in Vogue). "Who knows? I mean, it could be politics one day. I want to have a life that can help people."
ESPN also recently pushed the question, asking "With your popularity, especially in Florida, would you ever consider running for political office after you're done with football?"
"I haven't ruled it out," he replied. "Whatever avenue I feel like I can make a difference in, I'd love to do. I haven't ruled out anything like that. It won't be anytime soon in my future, but it'll be something I'll at least look at and consider one day."
Tebow has so far stayed out of making public proclamations about partisan politics. He refused to offer his endorsement in the Republican primary, and despite some thin rumors, he was ultimately a no show at the Republican National Convention. Though, Tebow did star in an anti-abortion ad for the super right-wing group Focus on the Family.
So, the obvious speculation is that he could run one day as a Republican in Florida.
Unfortunately for him, the Gainesville-area tends to be solidly Democratic, so running in his college town might be out of the question. Though, he could someday successfully run for either a congressional or state legislative seat out of his hometown of Jacksonville. The name recognition alone could clear the field in a race for an open seat.
Though, a state-wide run might be a trickier proposition. It's not just Democratic voters who might be turned off. We bet there are a lot of fans from FSU, Miami, and, well, for that matter, anyone who roots for just about any other college football team, who wouldn't exactly be all that enthusiastic about casting a ballot for the Gainesville savior. And the fact he's now playing for the Jets wouldn't exactly help among Miami Dolphins fans.
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