A Heisman Trophy, a riveting playoff game, an international following.
Tim Tebow won all that in his football career.
On Saturday, he lost his third NFL job in 18 months.
The quarterback with two big problems – throwing the ball and reading defenses – was cut by the New England Patriots less than 12 weeks after they signed him and just five days before the season.
But, as Tebow sees it, this long journey is not over.
“I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback,” he tweeted.
Tebow’s stay with the Patriots lasted just under 12 weeks and could signal the end of his NFL career.
FALCONS: Linebacker Robert James, a fifth-round pick in 2008 who never started a game, was among the cuts as Atlanta reached its 53-man roster limit.
The Falcons also released receivers Darius Johnson, James Rodgers and Martel Moore, former South Carolina fullback Patrick DiMarco, cornerback Jordan Mabin, offensive guards Phillipkeith Manley and Jacques McClendon and defensive tackle Adam Replogle.
PANTHERS: Waived former second-round draft pick Jimmy Clausen.
Derek Anderson is Cam Newton’s backup.
Carolina also released cornerback Drayton Florence, tackle Patrick Brown and linebacker Jason Williams. The Panthers also waived three players drafted by former GM Marty Hurney: wide receiver David Gettis, defensive tackle Sione Fua and safety D.J. Campbell.
STEELERS: Activated Heath Miller off the Physically Unable to Perform list, clearing the way for the two-time Pro Bowl right end to play in the season opener against Tennessee on Sept. 8.
While Miller is back, running back Jonathan Dwyer, a former Georgia Tech star, is gone. Dwyer was one of 22 cuts as the team pared its roster to 53 players.
PACKERS: Vince Young’s days with Green Bay are over.
Young’s departure would leave just B.J. Coleman on the roster to back up Aaron Rodgers.
Running back Alex Green, who led Green Bay last year with 464 yards on 135 carries, was also cut. DuJuan Harris secured the job down the stretch in 2012, while Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin were selected in the draft to beef up the backfield.
GIANTS: Changed backup quarterbacks and reached an injury settlement with veteran safety Tyler Sash in getting their roster down to the 53-man limit.
The minor surprise was terminating the contract of David Carr, who had been Eli Manning’s backup for four of the past five seasons. Curtis Painter, who was out of football last season, is the new backup.