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DENVER - DECEMBER 26: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays in the end zone prior to taking on the Houston Texans at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow #15 prays before their game vs the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA, Sunday, November 27, 2011. Joe Amon, The Denver Post (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators says a prayer after throwing a touchdown pass against the Michigan Wolverines in the Capital One Bowl at the Florida Citrus Bowl January 1, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. The Wolverines defeated the Gators 41-35. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets before the game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Texans defeated the Jets 23-17. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 13: Rocky, the mascot of the Denver Nuggets wears a Denver Broncos Tim Tebow jersey and strikes a Tebowing pose on the court after the Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat 117-104 at the Pepsi Center on January 13, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 the New York Jets leads a players prayer after their game against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Chargers defeated the Jets 27-17. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow reacts after correcting Alec Baldwin on his Tebowing form during the inaugural NFL Honors show Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, in Indianapolis.The New York Giants will face the New England Patriots in the NFL football's Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5. (AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets kneels to pray on the sideline before the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans won 14-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets completes drills before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets leads a prayer after the Jets' loss to San Diego Chargersat MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky /Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 27, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Broncos went on to win 16-13 in overtime. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays on the field prior to a game against the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 15: Tim Tebow signs autographs. The New England Patriots end their last practice, on Thursday, August 15, 2013, before the Friday exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow showed off his rookie haircut bestowed on him Saturday afternoon before practice. The Denver Broncos held a practice session at Invesco Field Saturday afternoon, August 7, 2010. The crowd was announced at more than 20,000. Karl Gehring, The Denver Post (Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow talks to the media after practice on opening day of their NFL football training camp Friday, July 27, 2012, in Cortland, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Florida's Ahmad Black, right, makes a catch as quarterback Tim Tebow defends during practice Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, in Atlanta. Florida will face Alabama in the Southeastern Conference Championship game on Saturday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos kneels and prayers with teammates and members of the New England Patriots after the Patriots won 45-10 during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos kneels on the ground before their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Colorado striker Omar Cummings took a knee in prayer like Tim Tebow after his goal in the first half. The Colorado Rapids hosted the Columbus Crew in a MLB playoff game Thursday night, October 27, 2011. Karl Gehring/The Denver Post (Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos kneels with teammates and members of the New York Jets at midfield for prayer following the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Tebow scored the game winning touchdown as the Broncos defeated the Jets 17-13. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 and Safety Brian Dawkins #20 of the Denver Broncos pray after the game against the New York Jets during the game at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)
Analyst Tim Tebow smiles as media members enter the SEC Nation studio prior to a question-and-answer session at the ESPN studios in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. ESPN held a media open house for its new SEC Network which will be produced in its Ballantyne studios in Charlotte. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
Analyst Tim Tebow, center, smiles as he answers questions from the media on the set of SEC Nation at the ESPN studios in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. ESPN held a media open house for its new SEC Network which will be produced in its Ballantyne studios in Charlotte. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 14: Former Heisman Trophy winning and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow attends the UFC 174 event at Rogers Arena on June 14, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Tim Tebow and guest arrive at the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) annual dinner in Washington on May 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Tim Tebow (L) and Katie Shepherd attend the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair cocktail reception following the 2014 WHCA Dinner at Villa Firenze on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/VF14/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Tim Tebow is seen at ABC's 'Good Morning America'on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: NFL player Tim Tebow attends ESPN The Party at Basketball City - Pier 36 - South Street on January 31st, 2014 in New York City (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images For ESPN)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - The Super Bowl Boulevard Blowout festivities continue all week on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 1/31/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. Tim Tebow, who recently signed as a commentator with ESPN, is a special guest on the show. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) STEVE YOUNG, TIM TEBOW
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2014 file, photo shows Tim Tebow on ESPN before the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game between Auburn and Florida State in Pasadena, Calif. Tebow will be a special guest on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Friday, Jan. 31. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - The Super Bowl Boulevard Blowout festivities continue all week on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 1/31/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. Former NFL stars compete in the GMA Football Food Fight. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ROBIN ROBERTS, JOSH ELLIOTT, TIM TEBOW, EMERIL LAGASSE, JOE MONTANA
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06: ESPN analyst Tim Tebow looks on during the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 29: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the preseason game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 26: Tim Tebow smiles while being asked questions about his future in New England in the locker room after practice. The New England Patriots held a workout on the practice fields outside of Gillette Stadium this afternoon. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 22: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots throws a pass during warm-ups prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Patriots 40-9. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/Detroit Lions/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 16: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 16: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up before playing an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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BY STEVE REED
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tim Tebow still wants - and trains for - another NFL opportunity.

Still, while the 26-year-old free agent quarterback waits for another chance to play professional football, he isn't about to let a potential dream job pass him by.

Tebow is embracing his latest passion: working as a football analyst for ESPN's new SEC Network, which debuts Aug. 14.

"I love doing this," an enthusiastic Tebow told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "I want to do this for a long time. I love talking football and I love being around it."

The only thing he doesn't like is "having to wear this" suit, Tebow said, laughing and tugging at his gray jacket coat. "I'd rather be in shorts."

Or pads.

Tebow said his agent has fielded some calls from interested NFL teams - he declined to name which teams - but added no deal is imminent.

Most NFL teams are two weeks into training camp, so Tebow knows he's missing valuable time.

Over the past several months he's been trying to balance learning his new job and staying in peak physical condition in case that call comes. He works out five to six times per week in Los Angeles, Arizona or Florida depending on his busy travel schedule.

"I'm kind of a vagabond these days," he said.

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said it surprises him Tebow hasn't landed on an NFL roster since the New England Patriots cut him Aug. 31, 2013.

"I'm a big fan of his and he knows it. He has always given me fits when I've had to coach against him," Rivera said of Tebow, who is 8-6 as an NFL starter. "He's a playmaker and he plays a different kind of football. All the guy has ever done is win. ... He's one of those guys if you were struggling at quarterback, hey, why wouldn't you give him a shot?"

But the Panthers - and 31 others teams - haven't given Tebow a shot.

Tebow said he's not exactly sure why.

But his new bosses at ESPN know if that call from the NFL does come, he'll likely need to leave without much notice. Justin Connolly, ESPN's senior vice president in charge of programming for college networks, said that's fine with him.

Connolly pointed out that Tebow did well as analyst during the national championship game and that when the network hired Tebow - who has more than 2.5 million Twitter followers - it saw unprecedented social activity.

"We want to be fair to Tim in terms of things that are important to him, but at the same time we want him as a part of this network," Connolly said. "If something happens, he has a place to come back to."

Tebow doesn't hide his desire to play in the NFL, but also seems resigned to the idea there is life after playing quarterback - and maybe it's not so bad.

Tebow will serve as a football analyst for "SEC Nation," traveling to a weekly SEC game in advance to break down film and give insight into key story lines.

Outside of playing in the NFL, he said it's pretty close to being his dream job.

"The thing is, I would do this anyway at home because I love it," Tebow said. "I would be watching every football game anyways and talking to the TV set. It's my nature. It's what my family and I have done since I was 6 years old."

Tebow was in Charlotte to film a segment for the first show, which will be broadcast to 90 million homes across the United States.

He hopes to bring a unique insight given his SEC experience playing at Florida.

"I'm excited to talk about Xs and Os and really giving the viewers an opportunity to see what it is like as a quarterback making decisions, going through the reads and coverages," Tebow said. "Hopefully they can get a feel for learning offenses."

He said the job also keeps him in the national spotlight, which not only helps in his search for an NFL team but helps with his Tebow Foundation.

Tebow doesn't hold any grudges.

He's not angry that NFL teams haven't called. He said he feels like if it's meant to be, it's meant to be.

But there is a possibility that this is it for one of college football's greatest players.

"I don't like to talk hypotheticals," Tebow said with a smile. "I deal with the real life situations. I treat every day as a blessing. And it's a blessing to be here doing what I'm doing."

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