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Looking at Tim Tebow’s Physical Measures Relative to Tight Ends (But Leaving Out Heart Size for a Minute)


It’s pretty shocking that on a regular basis you’ll see people (who claim to be actual football people) saying that Tim Tebow should become a tight end. But on what level does that make any sense? Right off the bat Tebow has a huge deficit in terms of being an experienced pass catcher or blocker. While Tebow has been practicing at the quarterback position, other tight ends have been practicing being tight ends. Maybe if Tebow were a physical specimen then it might make some sense to roll the dice on being able to teach him the tight end position. But for a tight end, Tebow really isn’t that impressive physically. I mean except for heart size.

When Tebow came out of college he weighed 236 pounds and ran a 4.71 in the 40 yard dash. That would put Tebow in the bottom 1% of tight ends in terms of weight and he would be outside of the top 25% in terms of speed. He’s undersized and that size only comes with good, not great, speed. If you looked at his speed versus other tight ends under 245 pounds, it would actually be slightly below average then.

I know what you’re thinking: Tebow’s heart size is in the 99th percentile. I can’t disagree with that. He’s also in the upper 90th percentile on these other measures:

  • Intangibles – 97th percentile
  • Receiver of backhanded compliments – 93rd percentile
  • Getting the white man’s pass on whispers that he’s dumb – 91st percentile
  • Speechgiving – 96th percentile
  • ESPN Ratings – 92nd percentile
  • Giving ladyboners – 99th percentile

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