Timeline: A look at Tim Tebow's football career, from Nease High to Gators to Jaguars

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After nearly eight years away from the NFL, Nease High School and Florida Gator great Tim Tebow signed a one-year contract to play tight end for the Jaguars on Thursday morning, the franchise announced.

Here's a look back at the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback's career.

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High school: Florida's Mr. Football at Nease

Sept. 5, 2003: After joining the Nease program as a sophomore, Tim Tebow throws a touchdown pass to Will Oakley on his first play from scrimmage to win his Panthers debut, 53-6 over Fernandina Beach. 

Nov. 19, 2004: Tebow breaks the Florida record for single-season total yardage against Inverness Citrus. The former record, 4,675 yards, belonged to Anquan Boldin of Pahokee. 

Nease quarterback Tim Tebow (5) races with Armwood safety Akeem Joseph during the fourth quarter of the FHSAA Class 4A football championship in Miami in 2005. Tebow and Nease won 44-37.

Dec. 10, 2005: Tebow accumulates 390 total yards and six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) to lead Nease past Seffner Armwood 44-37 to win the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 4A football championship at Dolphins Stadium in Miami. 

Dec. 12, 2005: Tebow is voted the winner of the Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Football award. 

Nease High School quarterback Tim Tebow, seated second from right (flanked by his parents, Pam and Robert and with his brother, Rob, seated at far left) are shown on stage in the school's auditorium before he announced live on ESPN his college pick on Dec. 13, 2005.

Dec. 13, 2005: Tebow commits to play college football at Florida, selecting the Gators over Alabama, LSU, Michigan and Southern Cal. 

College: National championships and Heisman Trophy with Gators

Florida's Tim Tebow dives over the goal line for a fourth-quarter touchdown in the BCS National Championship football game against Ohio State on Jan. 8, 2007, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Sept. 2, 2006: Tebow makes his college debut, rushing for a 1-yard touchdown in a 34-7 win over Southern Miss.

Jan. 8, 2007: Tebow throws a 1-yard TD pass and rushes for a TD in a 41-14 blowout win over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2007 BCS National Championship. 

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow holds up the Heisman Trophy after winning the award Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 in New York.

Dec. 8, 2007: Tebow is awarded the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first sophomore to win the prize.

Florida's Tim Tebow is hugged by coach Urban Meyer after Florida defeated Oklahoma 24-14 in the BCS Championship NCAA college football game Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, in Miami.

Jan. 8, 2009: Tebow leads the Gators to BCS National Championship, defeating the No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 24-14. 

NFL: Incredible comebacks and playoff stunner with Broncos

Tim Tebow holds up his new No. 10 Broncos jersey during a news conference at team headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on April 23, 2010.

April 22, 2010: The Denver Broncos select Tebow at No. 25 overall in the NFL Draft. 

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow takes the first regular-season snap of his NFL career with 14:28 to play in the second quarter on Sept. 12, 2010, at EverBank Field against the Jaguars.

Sept. 12, 2010: Tebow makes his NFL debut for the Broncos on familiar soil against the Jaguars in the 2010 season opener, appearing on three plays and rushing twice for 2 yards. 

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) reacts after throwing an 80-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) for the game-winning touchdown against the Steelers in overtime of an NFL wild card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012.

Jan. 8, 2012: In Tebow’s brightest NFL highlight, he throws an overtime touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas to lead the Broncos past the Pittsburgh Steelers, 29-23, in the playoff opening round. 

March 21, 2012: The Broncos trade Tebow and a seventh-round draft pick to the New York Jets for a fourth-rounder and sixth-rounder. Jaguars general manager Gene Smith had been in negotiations for a deal that could have brought Tebow to Jacksonville. 

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow (11) leaves the field after a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sept. 3, 2015.

Jan. 10, 2013: During his introductory news conference, former Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said he couldn’t imagine a scenario in which the Jaguars would sign Tebow, who at the time was on the verge of getting released by the New York Jets.  

May 29, 2013: The Jets release Tebow after one season. 

Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow walks onto the field during a joint workout with the Eagles at NFL training camp in Philadelphia on Aug. 7, 2013.

Aug. 31, 2013: The New England Patriots release Tebow after a preseason stint.

Dec. 30, 2013: Tebow signs with ESPN as an analyst for the newly-launched SEC Network. 

Sept. 4, 2015: Tebow is released in preseason by the Philadelphia Eagles. He had signed a one-year deal with the team in April.

MLB: Mets bring in Tebow for spring training, minor leagues

Tim Tebow stretches out before batting practice at the New York Mets' complex on Sept. 19, 2016.

Sept. 8, 2016: The New York Mets sign Tebow to a minor league contract, including a $100,000 signing bonus. 

Feb. 18, 2021: Tim Tebow announces his retirement from professional baseball after spending five seasons in the New York Mets organization as a minor league player. He made it to Triple-A, the highest classification in the minor leagues.  

NFL: Back in Jacksonville with Urban Meyer, Jaguars 

May 20, 2021: Tebow signs with his hometown NFL team to play tight end for the first time in his career. He is reunited with Urban Meyer, his former coach at the University of Florida. They won two national championships at Florida together. Now Tebow is in a battle to make the Jaguars’ 53-man roster