Tim Tebow’s Career Has Already Taken More Twists And Turns Than You Can Imagine

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Since September of 2011, Tim Tebow has gone from a third-stringer to a superstar to a trade chip to a New York Jet.He has experienced more twists and turns in the last 180 days than most athletes do in their entire career.

In retrospect, it’s jarring to see how fleeting his successes (and failures) have been.

We took a look back at the Tebowmania’s 13 pivotal moments (with the help of a handy, zig-zaggy chart), to see just how wild his ride has been.

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title=”Things got really dicey going into the playoffs. The Broncos lost their last three games of the season, and Fox Sports reported that Denver could BENCH Tebow if he struggled in their playoff game”
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