Wiedmer: Tim Tebow's importance is far more than sports

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Tim Tebow paces the sideline during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

It was probably always a long shot, this notion of a 34-year-old Tim Tebow returning to the National Football League at a position (tight end) he'd never played before.

There's a reason why the NFL is sometimes known as "Not For Long," and even with Urban Meyer - his old college coach at Florida - now running the show for Tebow's hometown Jacksonville Jaguars, the NFL remains a business first and foremost. Sentimentality is a luxury Meyer and the Jags just don't have at the moment.

So if Tebow couldn't cut it on the field for the Jags at tight end, he deserved to be cut by the organization in order to make room for someone else who deserved a shot at that position. That's meritocracy at its finest.

But this doesn't mean Tebow was wrong to try to return to the NFL for the first time since the 2015 preseason or that his legacy should take a hit for the effort, because Tebow's greatest strength may actually be the words from his lips rather than the work from his hips.