Tim Tebow refuses position change

Updated: September 6, 2013, 12:08 PM ET
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Tim Tebow, looking for a job after being released by the New England Patriots, refused to change positions after an NFL team expressed interest in him, according to a report by Peter King of Sports Illustrated.

The report didn't say which team approached Tebow.

In addition to maintaining a strong desire to remain a quarterback, Tebow turned down an offer to play in the Canadian Football League. USA Rugby even came calling, King reported. The report also said that Tebow would return to the NFL only if given the chance to play quarterback.

Released by the Patriots on Saturday after struggling during the preseason, Tebow has said he will be in "relentless pursuit" of continuing his dream of being an NFL quarterback.

Tebow entered the NFL after a memorable college career at Florida that included two national championships. As a pro, he completed 47.9 percent (173 of 361) of his passes for 2,422 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing for 989 yards and 12 scores. His finest moment as a pro came with the Broncos during a 2012 wild-card game against the Steelers when he threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas to win in overtime.

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