Tebow turned down guest studio analyst gig

Tebow turned down guest studio analyst gig

Published Jan. 18, 2012 11:42 a.m. ET

Tim Tebow must need a break following a whirlwind NFL season.

The Denver Broncos quarterback, who has quickly become one of the most popular athletes in the world despite an up-and-down campaign, turned down an opportunity to serve as a guest studio analyst for Sunday's Ravens-Patriots AFC Championship Game.

Word of the Christ-centered athlete's rejection of the offer came via a tweet from USA Today's Michael Hiestand.

"Tim Tebow has decided not to appear," CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said, according to USA Today. "[CBS]is perfectly fine with the (on-air) lineup we have."

The network certainly isn't against bringing in controversial NFL players to serve as guest analysts, as Detroit Lions lineman Ndamukong Suh appeared during Sunday's telecast.

The Lions were a lightning rod for questionable behavior at times this season, drawing fines from the league and scathing criticism from some observers.

Ironically the Lions taunted Tebow and mocked 'Tebowing', the quarterback's style of prayer during their game, though it may have served to increase the quarterback's popularity.