ESPN issued a press releaseon Tuesday afternoon stating that Tim Tebow would be joining the SECNetwork as a college football analyst for their pregame show "SECNation."

In the release, Tebow made it clear this does not mean he is giving up on his dream of playing NFL football.

The SEC Network will launch in August, but Tebow will begin hisduties for the Worldwide Leader starting January 6 in the network'scoverage of the BCS Championship game.

From the release:

"I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredibleopportunity," said Tebow. "When I was six years old I fell in love withthe game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playingquarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part ofthe unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC."

Tebow is the first analyst hired for the new network, and he joinsJoe Tessitore, who will be the host of 'SEC Nation' with Tebow. Alsohired for the new network is Paul Finebaum. It's a veritable who's-whoof SEC craziness.

Tebow's first episode of "SEC Nation"be on Thursday, Aug. 28,forthe Texas A&M at South Carolina game, shot at the South Carolinacampus. For the first Saturday action, you'll have to wait until August30for Arkansas-Auburn.

How Tebow plans on being a full-time TV analyst and still trying tomake an NFL roster is hard to know, but it's always good to keep one'soptions open, right?