Tim Tebow isn’t the only one trying to make an unlikely return to the NFL this year. Eight years after his retirement, Brandon Jacobs decided he wanted to make a comeback to football and like Tebow, Jacobs is considering switching positions to make it happen.
When Jacobs initially announced his intention to return on May 27, most people thought it was a joke. However, not only is he serious – he’s spent the last month getting his body back in shape – several teams have already contacted him about a possible tryout.
The former Giants running back plans to go on the defensive this year and while it might sound a bit crazy, the two-time Super Bowl winner said three teams have already reached out to his agent with interest.
“I don’t want to throw any names right now because I’ve been told not to, but it will be a shock,” Jacobs told Houma Today. “If I don’t have a chance, that’s fine. I’m currently a high school football coach and running a youth program, which I’m perfectly happy to do for the rest of my life.”
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The 38-year-old, who turns 39 on July 6, is so confident in his abilities that he believes he could be one of the best defensive ends in the league.
“I think my ability as a defensive end, as an old man like they see me, I think I can be one of the best in the league right now,” Jacobs said.
To make the comeback work, Jacobs has spent the last month getting in better cardio shape and he plans to spend July building up muscles.
“Getting out of bed and getting started at this age is the only hard part. But once I get through that adversity, it’s easy.” Jacobs said.
Unlike Tebow, Jacobs actually had a pretty successful NFL career. In his nine league seasons (2005-13), Jacobs won two Super Bowls, both of which came with the Giants in victories over the Patriots. Over the course of his career, Jacobs racked up 5,094 yards and a franchise record of 60 touchdowns. More importantly, he’s also recorded 11 solo tackles during his playing days, according to Pro Football Reference – so if a team signs him, at least they know he can tackle.