"I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback."

Tim Tebow may have designs on becoming a Christian pastor, but if stubbornness was a virtue, this tweet shows that he would have already been ordained a saint.

As reported by Peter King of Sports Illustrated, not only has an unnamed franchise expressed an interest in using Tebow's rushing capabilities elsewhere on the football field, but Tebow himself has already spurned their advances. 

After joining up with the New England Patriots for preseason following his inharmonious stint in New York with the Jets, public perception was that Tebow would be amenable to forgoing his goals as a quarterback in order to rejuvenate his ailing career. Evidently, however, the player himself seems to have other ideas.

Having entered the league as a first-round draft pick off the back of a remarkable college career which heralded a pair of national championships and a Heisman for the Florida Gator, Tebow could have been forgiven for arriving in Denver with certain delusions of grandeur.

To his credit, the Ponte Vedra man did in fact manage to step into the breach in his rookie seasons, taking an otherwise faltering Broncos team on an extraordinary run to the 2012 play-offs.

Indeed, many of his apologists will be quick to remind anyone that will listen of his "clutch" performances during this campaign, most notably that wildcard match-up against Pittsburgh, where his 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas saw Denver snatch the game in overtime.

However, 73 completed passes out of 361 and 9 interceptions during that spell told the story of a man whose performances on the field were not quite befitting of the peerless status he was beginning to hold off it.

In the wake of the Broncos' recruitment of superstar Peyton Manning, 2012 saw Tebow leave Colorado for Rex Ryan's New York Jets, traded east along with the Broncos' seventh round draft pick.

From day one there were worrying signs for the Tebow camp that that their man was in danger of falling between the cracks, with special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano giving altogether different accounts of his potential role in the team. And so it came to be.

Tebow was used sparingly in the shadow of inconsistent quarterback Mark Sanchez and his deputy Greg McElroy throughout the campaign, throwing just eight passes during his 'one-and-done' year with the franchise.

He had a similarly inauspicious summer in New England with Bill Belichick's Patriots following his release by the Jets, signing last June on the eve of their mandatory mini-camp. Having featured in the opening two preseason games, against Tampa Bay and Philadelphia, Tebow completed just five passes in both, getting sacked repeatedly and throwing an interception.

He followed this up with another interception against the Giants, taking a further four sacks and going 6-from-11 for a sum-total of 91 yards. Having offered Josh McDaniels and Belichick a pass completion rate of just 36.7% during his stay, Tebow was overlooked by his offensive coordinator and head coach as a quarterback option for the Patriots' 53-man roster.

In all, despite the intangibles Tim Tebow can offer a team, his abject passing mechanics mean he is unlikely to ever be considered a viable franchise option for general managers at this level.

While his media circus may have gone on tour to America's east coast over the last few years, stopping off intermittently around New York and Boston, the common consensus among the footballing fraternity is that his career as a possible NFL starter is still back somewhere between Florida and Denver.

In order for Tebow to resurrect it, he has to realise that the only way he can move forward in the pro game is by not only recapturing the impulsive rushing and compulsive leadership skills he showcased as an amateur, but also embrace the fact that he may have to showcase these skills from a position other than quarterback.

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