Tim Tebow receives offer from 'Lingerie' Football League
Shortly after Tim Tebow's release from the New York Jets on Monday, he received an unusual offer from the Legends Football League, the organization formerly known as the Lingerie Football League. The league, which underwent a rebranding earlier this year, offered Tebow a position as its national quarterbacks coach. Now in its fourth year, the league is responsible for producing the Lingerie Bowl.
Though Tebow apparently has garnered little interest from other NFL teams in the few hours since his release from the Jets on Monday, Tebow has received offers from several fringe leagues hoping to benefit from his immense popularity.
The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, which own Tebow’s rights, could be a landing spot for the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner. On Monday, however, Alouettes’ general manager Jim Popp said if Tebow wants to come to Montreal it will be to compete for a backup spot behind starter Anthony Calvillo.
A more outlandish possibility could be a position with the Legends Football League, better known as the seven-on-seven league where women compete in uniforms consisting of helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads, knee pads and lingerie.
Tebow’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, received a letter from Mitchell Mortaza, the league’s commissioner on Monday, extending an offer for the former Jets’ quarterback to become the league’s national quarterback coach. Formerly known as the Lingerie Football League, the 12-team association was rebranded into the Legends Football League earlier this year.
Few athletes in modern-day athletics have openly expressed their religious beliefs as fervently as Tebow. During Super Bowl XLIV, Tebow appeared in two 30-second commercials funded by the socially conservative group Focus on the Family, which documented Tebow’s mother’s complications during pregnancy, when she reportedly nearly lost him several times.
Tebow has preached Christian gospel in the Philippines often during his brief NFL career. In 2011, his foundation teamed with CURE International to help build a childrens' hospital in the Southeastern Asian island where he was born. And last April, a crowd of roughly 20,000 listened to Tebow speak about his devotion to religion and the importance of being a role model to children on Easter Sunday.
It’s difficult, then, to imagine Tebow taking an active role in a league where scantily-clad women take the field for teams with alluring nicknames such as the Las Vegas Sin and the Cleveland Crush. The league, now in its fourth season, boasts the highest-ratings ever for a live sports program on an MTV Network. In 2012, Lingerie Bowl IX drew nearly 43 million viewers on MTV 2 during its Super Bowl Sunday broadcast.
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