TODAY   |  April 30, 2013

Dropped by Jets, Tim Tebow faces uncertain future

Quarterback Tim Tebow is one of the NFL’s most famous players without a team since being cut from the New York Jets on Monday after his abilities on the field didn’t match the hype off the field. NBC’s Craig Melvin reports.

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>> most popular players, but this morning he finds himself without a team. so what's next for him? nbc's craig melvin is here with more on that. good morning.

>> matt, good morning. tim tebow 's play never matched the hype. this morning after just one season with the jets he's waking up out of a job and wondering where he will land next. there is a chance he won't play in the nfl again. he certainly will not be leaving the spotlight any time soon. tim tebow 's on-field praying sparked a phenomenon known as tebowing. not surprising his only response to getting sacked, quoting the bible in a twitter post. proverbs 3, trust in the lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight. when he came to the new york jets last year tebow 's first press conference got the kind of attention usually reserved for super bowl mvps.

>> well, it's an honor for all of you to show up to hear me say a few words today.

>> reporter: commercials, billboards and talk. he'd be the most famous new york athlete since broadway joe himself.

>> thanks for the support.

>> reporter: hordes of fans drawn to the 25-year-old's well publicized face. he transcended the sport and became spoof-worthy on late night tv. tim tebow to jesus christ

>> reporter: on the field tebow struggled. his only season as a jet, lack luster . in a short statement rex ryan said we have a great deal of respect for tim tebow . unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. we wish him the best moving forward.

>> if he wants to play quarterback and not be a backup he needs to look at other leagues. if he wants to play in the nfl he needs to think seriously about giving up his desire to play quarterback and adopt some other role.

>> reporter: his football future is uncertain. but tebow could cash in on his carefully cultivated persona.

>> the tebow brand will last without having the nfl behind it. you could definitely see him being a sports announcer. you could see him talking about religion, possibly writing a book. he's had an interesting life.

>> reporter: as tebow gets ready to start a new chapter, fans and followers get ready to say good-bye to the player known for his face as much as football. now he's an waivers meaning other teams can claim him. if that doesn't happen he'll become a free agent. there is talk of a team in canada that's expressed interest.

>> hard to imagine what happened in a year after the arrival in new york .

>> a lack luster year to say the least.