JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — “Tebowmania” appears to be coming to an end.
Only a dozen people showed up for a rally in an effort to force the Jacksonville Jaguars to sign Tim Tebow as quarterback, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The rally was held in the EverBank Field parking lot, was set to begin at 3:16 p.m. and was scheduled to last for three hours and 16 minutes, in an ode to the Bible verse John 3:16 that Tebow would write on his eye black during his time at the University of Florida.
“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” the verse states as Jags fans believe that Tebow is “the one” to lead the team.
“The Jaguars’ season is really in the tank,” James Stewart, one of the event’s organizers, told ESPN. “They don’t have a lot of promise. There’s not a lot to watch. We’re consumers and the Jaguars are a product, and there’s a lot of room for improvement.”
He added, “Tebow, we think, would be value added if he were to be signed and given an opportunity at quarterback.”
No team has picked up Tebow since the New England Patriots released him last month.
On the “Jags-Tebow Why Not?” website, organizers state they will hold the rally every Monday.
“Lets Take Action and Show the Jags we want to bring this Hometown hero here and let’s see what happens. EVERYONE wants to see this,” the site states.
The Jaguars are 0-2 in what will surely be a dismal season for the franchise. Starter Blaine Gabbert missed this past Sunday’s loss against the Oakland Raiders after cutting open the back of his throwing hand on a defender’s helmet during the season opener against Kansas City on Sept. 8. Gabbert is likely to miss his second straight game.
Chad Henne passed for 241 yards and one touchdown in his first start since Gabbert went out, but the Jaguars struggled to score in the 19-9 loss to the Raiders.
Tebow, who won two national championships and a Heisman while at Florida, has thrown for 2,422 yards and 17 touchdowns in three NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. He’s also rushed for 989 yards and 12 touchdowns.
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