Tim Tebow won’t say he’s retired, might be coach or politician in time

Former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow refused to say he considers himself retired from football in an interview with the Associated Press, but he did talk about a possible future in coaching or politics.

Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010 and traded to the New York Jets in 2012 after leading Denver to a playoff victory the previous season. He hasn’t played in the NFL since 2012, aside from preseason stints with New England in 2013 and Philadelphia in 2015. He will be 29 when the NFL season begins in September.

“I love what coaching is,” Tebow told Ralph Russo from the AP. “I love the fact that coaching is teaching and it’s helping and it’s mentoring and it’s loving and it’s being a father figure. That is something that has always intrigued me.”

Tebow is scheduled to work as analyst for the SEC Network again this season and was rumored to be a speaker at the Republican National Convention last week, but that never materialized. He did not rule out a future in politics in the interview with AP.

“My goal has always been able to make the biggest impact that I possible could in people’s lives,” Tebow told the AP. “If I thought this is the right avenue, this would work, then I would be totally up for going down that path. Do I feel like that’s right now? No, not necessarily,” he said. “Could it happen in the future? Yeah, I definitely wouldn’t right that off.”