Tim Tebow is available. It’s time to sign him up.
No, not as an NFL quarterback. It is becoming clearer by the day that Tebow’s career as a professional football player is at a crisis point. Since being cut by the New England Patriots last week, none of the other 31 teams in the league has made a move to sign Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner with the University of Florida Gators.
There have been reports suggesting that Tebow has been advised to try a different position, or to take his quarterbacking to the Canadian league. But he’s still waiting for a better offer.
And so why not this one? Accept an appointment as Florida’s next lieutenant governor.
I know what some of you thinking: He has no political experience. He never held public office. He’s just a big hunk of wholesome charisma.
Well, that’s what they said about citizen Rick Scott before before he was elected governor three years ago. OK, well, maybe not the wholesome charisma part.
But in case you haven’t noticed, Florida has been without a lieutenant governor for the past six months. The last holder of the office, Jennifer Carroll, resigned suddenly after investigators began looking into her former professional life as a public relations consultant to a gambling operation masquerading as a children’s charity.
That’s a big hunk of unwholesomeness.
Which is probably why Scott hasn’t been in a rush to fill the slot of his $125,000-a-year second-in-command. The job, which is as essential as the male nipple, only has value every four years when it appears as a line on the ballot under the gubernatorial candidate’s name.
So Scott’s just being extra careful to make sure that the next person he hitches his wagon to will help his re-election chances by not being tarnished in some other tawdry enterprise.
Which is the reason to appoint Tebow. Is there a bigger choirboy in the state?
A month after Carroll resigned, Scott named Tebow a “Great Floridian,” making him one of only 66 Floridians who’ve been recognized with that title since this honor was created in 1981.
“Throughout his career, he has proven to be a true competitor, humanitarian and a winner. Not only a winner in his football career, but in life,” Scott said when honoring Tebow. “He inspires people all across not only the United States but across the world. So, he’s not just an athlete but a true example of someone who lives to serve others.”
So now Tebow could live to serve the charm-deprived Scott, by inspiring others to re-elect him.
“I don’t look at myself as a great Floridian. I look at myself as a blessed Floridian,” Tebow said on that day he was honored. “My biggest goal in leaving the University of Florida was to find a way to give back not only to my local communities, but across the country and around the world.”
Now that the phone’s not ringing from the NFL, the time is right for Scott to make his pitch to Tebow and remind him of that pledge to give back.
His governor needs him. There’s a do-nothing job that needs to be filled by a person of great public appeal.
The great part about appointing Tebow as the lieutenant governor is that he still can pursue his football dreams. He can work out every day, and if the chance arises, play football again in the NFL while also being the state’s lieutenant governor.
Because it’s a blessed Floridian who gets to have an exalted job that requires so little.