Having supplanted Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the NFL's most-discussed player, Tim Tebow could soon follow the pigskin legends onto the hallowed stages of America's most popular late-night television sketch comedy show.
"Saturday Night Live" producers want Tebow to host the popular NBC show, according to HollywoodLife.com. The site reports that a source close to SNL says producers want the Broncos quarterback to be featured as soon as football season is over.
"SNL realizes it would be huge ratings and they are hoping he will say yes," HollywoodLife's source said. "Tim just can't and won't be able to do it while the season is still in play."
If Tebow accepts, it's a safe bet he wasn't all that offended by "Saturday Night Live's" sketch last weekend, which poked fun at his strong religious beliefs. Members of the Christian Right ripped the program for having Jason Sudeikis dress up as Jesus and enter the Broncos locker room to take credit for the team's recent success.
Tebow himself can take some credit for the success of "60 Minutes," which picked up big ratings over the weekend. With the Tebow-led Broncos loss to the Patriots drawing nearly 30 million viewers, the CBS News magazine program drew 18.5 million watchers -- its best Nielsen rating in almost two years, the USA Today reports.
Over the years, a number of jocks have stepped off the playing field and onto the Saturday Night Live stage. Derek Jeter, Charles Barkley, Nancy Kerrigan, Michael Phelps and even O.J. Simpson are just a few of the athletes who've had memorable appearances on the program.
Barkley will host SNL for the third time in January, with musical guest Kelly Clarkson.
Peyton Manning on Saturday Night Live
Tom Brady on Saturday Night Live
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