[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text](NEWSBUSTERS) At the top of Monday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer announced Tim Tebow’s return to football by proclaiming: “…one of the most popular and polarizing quarterbacks in NFL history returning to the game after three years.”[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]In another tease minutes later, fellow co-host Savannah Guthrie wondered: “Is this a second chance or a publicity stunt?” At the top of the 7:30 a.m. ET hour correspondent Craig Melvin repeated the “popular and polarizing quarterback” line and wondered: “Has Tebow’s NFL career been resurrected?”
He highlighted how Tebow’s Christian faith made him the subject of ridicule: “The combination of faith and football became fodder for late-night TV.”
A clip followed of a Saturday Night Live skit mocking Tebow.
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