30 Apr 2013

New York Jets release Tim Tebow

6:43 am on 30 April 2013

The New York Jets have released quarterback Tim Tebow, ending his brief and unsuccessful stint in New York and leaving one of the most-hyped players in the National Football League facing an uncertain future.

The Jets notified Tebow of their decision to waive him at a voluntary team workout on Monday.

The decision to release Tebow came just three days after the Jets acquired West Virginia University quarterback Geno Smith at the 78th annual NFL Draft.

The Jets already had five quarterbacks, including Mark Sanchez, the first-choice signal thrower who struggled so badly last season that he lost his starting spot, prompting speculation that someone had to go.

It was little surprise that it was Tebow, a former College football star who won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, who was axed after just one ill-conceived season with the Jets.

He had previously been with Denver, taking the Broncos on an improbable run to the 2011 playoffs, despite criticism and reservations about his ability as a passer.

Tebow had quickly become a cult figure. Deeply religious and with a clean-cut image, he became a magnet for sponsors, signing a range of massive endorsement deals, which earned him an estimated $4 million a year.

His jerseys were among the biggest sellers in the NFL and his trademark touchdown celebration, where he kneeled down in prayer, became known as "Tebowing."

In early 2012, the Broncos signed future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning after he had become a free agent, and traded Tebow to the Jets.