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Only Room For Two Quarterbacks On The Patriots Roster

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Tim Tebow of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the preseason game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Mass. Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images.
Tim Tebow of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the preseason game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Mass. Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images.

Everyone has heard the saying “It’s not personal, it’s business” more times than they can count. So when the New England Patriots announced via twitter, on Aug. 31, that the “Patriot roster is currently at 65 players. Needs to be cut to 53 by 6pm ET tonight”, a rational-minded individual could reason that the organization had no choice but to eliminate 12 individuals from the team. Although, once 3:06 p.m. rolled around (9 hours after the initial tweet) revealing the list of players that had been released, a media circus erupted and a flood of emotions poured out from fans across various social media channels. By now, it is obvious what caused the commotion… The New England Patriots had released Tim Tebow.

Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, gave football fans insight into the decision by telling CBS, “I love Tim Tebow and I very much wanted him on the team. If you look at four of the last five years, we've only carried two quarterbacks.

The now twenty-five-year-old Ryan Mallett was selected by the New England Patriots during the third round of the NFL draft. During his college days (originally starting at Michigan and later transferring to Arkansas) the six-foot-six-inch Mallett scored a total of 69 touchdowns and racked up 8,385 yards. In comparison, Denver chose Tim Tebow in the first round of the NFL draft. He left the Florida Gators with 88 touchdowns, 9,285 yards and a Heisman trophy. Drawing in over 51 million search results on Google (Mallett pulls in a little over 4.7 million), there is no question that NFL fans have much more familiarity with Tebow and are quite conscious of his celebrity profile.  

On Aug. 31, in three Twitter postings, Tim Tebow wrote, “I would like to thank Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, Coach McDaniels and the entire Patriots organization for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such a classy organization. I pray for nothing but the best for you all. I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback.”

As of now, the future is uncertain for both Tebow and Mallett. While there is a tremendous amount of speculation going around concerning where Tebow will end up, nothing is certain at this point in time. For Mallett, while he has the privilege of wearing the No. 15 jersey, he is still the backup for a superstar athlete who impresses and infuriates (depending on who you cheer for) sports fans year after year and doesn’t show any indication of slowing down any time soon. Only time and game-day experience will reveal whether or not the Patriots made the right decision.