Kittle: Tebow not invited to Tight End University due to lack of experience
Tim Tebow has been snubbed by some of his peers.
Tebow, who is hoping to revive his NFL career as a tight end with the Jacksonville Jaguars, is not invited to this week's Tight End University summit organized by All-Pros George Kittle and Travis Kelce and retired star Greg Olsen.
Kittle said the group couldn't justify inviting someone who has never played the position over more deserving tight ends after the event garnered more interest than expected.
"If I can't invite every tight end, how do I not invite a second- or third-string guy on a team that's been playing tight end since he was 18 years old in high school?" Kittle said on ESPN's "First Take," according to ESPN's Michael DiRocco.
"Nothing against Tim Tebow. I hope that he has incredible success this year. I hope he has 10 touchdowns. I hope he has a great year, but it's hard for me to invite someone to this that just started playing the position when I can't invite a guy that's been playing it for 8-10 years. That's just hard for me."
Drafted as a quarterback in 2010, Tebow last took a snap in the NFL in 2012. He played minor-league baseball from 2016-19 while attempting to reach MLB.
Tebow worked out for Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer - his former college coach at Florida - after retiring from baseball in February. The 33-year-old signed with Jacksonville in May.
Tight End University will run Wednesday through Friday in Nashville. Kittle said he originally expected 20-25 players to participate but added the event has grown to 45-50 individuals.
"Hopefully, in the next coming years, I can make it available to every single person," the San Francisco 49ers star said. "And then any tight end that wants to come can show up, learn, get better, and just take another step forward."
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