It’s sometimes sad, sometimes comical to witness an athlete’s fall from grace. Tim Tebow has become the latest case.
In January 2012, Tebow was on top of the world, throwing a dart that resulted in an 80-yard touchdown on the first play of overtime as the Denver Broncos upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs.
But Tebow was traded to the New York Jets, where he languished for a year behind one of the NFL’s worst quarterbacks, Mark Sanchez. And on April 29, Tebow was cut by the Jets, one of the league’s worst teams.
Sadly, he already is facing the prospect that his career as an NFL player could be finished.
He has been offered two jobs — one with the Omaha Beef of the Champions Indoor Professional Football League and another with the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League.
Omaha, Neb., is the last stop before the end of the world. The Arena team’s offer is for Tebow to be used as a gimmick in goal-line situations, not even as a full-time quarterback.
A year ago, Tebow received an offer to be on “The Bachelor,” and reality TV producers now are rushing to pitch a variety of ideas to Tebow.
So what will he do next ... swimsuit model, TV evangelist, assistant football coach to Urban Meyer at Ohio State? The kid has plenty of options.
But it’s obvious he’s no longer taken seriously as a quarterback and is viewed as a circus act, which means he could be a perfect fit as a professional wrestler or NBA referee.
■ TIGER’S TALE — Golf is meant to be a game of class and sophistication, yet bitter rivals Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia got locked up in a childish spat that sullied The Players Championship last weekend.
Garcia hit an errant shot and reacted by blaming Woods for causing a distraction by pulling a club from his bag and drawing noise from the crowd while the smallish Spaniard was in his backswing.
In a post-round interview, Woods called Garcia a whiner and explained his side by saying, “The marshals, they told me he already hit, so I pulled a club and was getting ready to play my shot.”
The marshals at the second hole, Gary Anderson and John North, disagreed. “We didn’t say nothing,” Anderson said.
If that’s not exactly clear, North added, “Nothing was said to us, and we certainly said nothing to him. I was disappointed to hear him make those remarks. He was saying what was good for him. It lacked character.”
Tiger lying and lacking character? That’s a new one.
In the tale of two fools, Woods prevailed by winning the tournament, and Garcia, as usual, became the goat, hitting three shots into the water on the final two holes. He had only himself to blame.
Most serious golfers know not to hit the drink until the 19th hole.
■ FROM RED SOX TO GREEN — Manny Ramirez, exiled from the major leagues at age 40, is batting .347 with five home runs in 26 games for the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan.
Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “Ramirez livened up the team’s recent train ride between cities by dressing up as the Incredible Hulk. Either that or he’s back on the performance enhancers again.”
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