NFL quarterback wannabe Tim Tebow has been offered a three-year contract by Los Angeles’ Arena Football League expansion team, owned by founding members of the rock group Kiss.
Tebow is the first player approached by the Los Angeles Kiss, who are owned by music legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, along with their band’s longtime manager, Doc McGhee, and former Orlando Predators executive Brett Bouchy.
There’s no response yet from Tebow, who said after his release last month by the New England Patriots that he would remain in “relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback.”
The Kiss see it as a win-win for both sides: Instant recognition for the team big-market L.A., and a chance for Tebow to improve his skills with an eye on the NFL.
“Tim Tebow is one of the most recognized and respected athletes in sport,” guitarist Stanley said in a news release. “His joining us would mean great things for his fans and for our team, especially from a business standpoint. His credibility within the sports arena is paramount and with our commitment to bringing football without compromise back to L.A., we’re excited to see how this offer turns out.”
Tebow, a 2011 first-round pick for the Denver Broncos after winning the Heisman Trophy with the Florida Gators, has reportedly turned down opportunities in the Canadian Football League and to change positions in the NFL.
Bouchy, who stepped down as the Predators’ managing general partner in June, likened the situation to when Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner earned his NFL chance after playing in the AFL.
“We feel our league is the best place for Tim to refine his skills and gain valuable repetitions,” Bouchy said in a news release. “We have tremendous faith in Tim’s ability to succeed in the AFL.”
The Kiss begin play this March in Anaheim, Calif.