At 12:53 UK time, the inevitable happened - New York Jets cut Tim Tebow.
After arriving in the Big Apple last summer in a flurry of media activity and late-round draft picks, the Tebow bandwagon was finally - perhaps irreparably - derailed in an early morning meeting between the Florida native, his head coach Rex Ryan and new general manager John Idzik.
In reality, the writing had been on the wall for Tebow long before today’s decision. Tebow had permission to seek a trade in the early part of the off-season, but his unwillingness to switch positions scuppered the slim chance the Jets had of recouping some kind of compensation in the form of a draft pick.
With Geno Smith drafted by the Green Gang this weekend, Tebow should probably have had his bags pretty much packed and his plane tickets booked ready for a quick getaway back to the family home in Florida.
What next for Tebow? For all the criticism of his skills as a quarterback, the man trains ridiculously hard - see the ESPN documentary “Everything In Between” for a look at his preparations prior to being drafted back in 2010 - and that gives him at least an outside shot of staying at the top of the game.
But the heady days of “Tebow Time” and the memories of play-off wins seem a long, long time ago. Arguably the greatest college quarterback of all time, Timothy Richard Tebow may have a long time to reflect on his next move.