ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – It has come to this for poor Tim Tebow.
The most celebrated, written-about benchwarmer in NFL history had hoped to befuddle NFL defences this season as a feared, second-offence wildcat specialist with the New York Jets.
Instead, he barely played at all. And had almost no impact.
Tebow’s hollow 2012 season could not have ended more inconsequentially on Sunday, when he saw the field for one play – on which he merely handed off for a two-yard gain out of the wildcat – in the second quarter of a 28-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
That’s quite the come-down from his out-of-the-blue playoff run 12 months ago in Denver, when he led the Broncos into the second round of the playoffs and became a pop-culture superstar.
Tebow is still Tebow, though. And he knows it.
And he milks it for what it is as best he can.