Without an NFL contract to his name, could Tim Tebow be joining the KISS army as a football player? The rock legends are owners of the Arena Football League's LA KISS, an expansion franchise in Anaheim, Calif., and have expressed interest in signing Tebow to the team. Band member Gene Simmons made the public offer to Tebow, which would give the quarterback a three-year contract to the LA KISS worth unspecified "millions."
In a press release, Simmons said the LA KISS were eager to sign Tebow because it "would not only be a great investment for the team, but his exciting style of play would definitely send shockwaves through the League. We're excited for the opportunity to see him with an LA KISS uniform on, and for the LA KISS fans to be rockin' their Tebow shirts and jerseys." Frontman Paul Stanley called Tebow "one of the most recognized and respected athletes in sports," and said the quarterback signing with the LA KISS "would mean great things for his fans and our team, especially from a business standpoint."
Although Tebow is reportedly "reviewing the offer," he has consistently said that he will not step down from the NFL to the Arena Football League. But with Tebow's current reputation as a quarterback who throws wobbly passes, NFL teams have decided that the ticket sales that come with Tebow are not worth a potential losing record. LA KISS co-owner Brett Bouchy said that "our league is the best place for Tim to refine his skills and gain valuable repetitions," citing Kurt Warner's NFL success after becoming one of the greatest quarterbacks in AFL history.
Tebow was signed to the New England Patriots last June, but was cut from the team in August after abysmal performances in the first two preseason games. He was sacked several times, intercepted once, and completed only five successful passes in both of those games. After being cut, Tebow thanked the Patriots for their efforts with him and stated: "I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback."
Prior to his run with the Patriots, Tebow completed one season with the New York Jets in 2012. He was injured for a large portion for the season and eventually released last April after completing only eight passes and 32 runs.