Through his website and notable advertising campaign, trial lawyer John Morgan touts that he’s “for the people.” Now, he can officially say he’s “For Tim Tebow.” Morgan, head of the Orlando-based Morgan & Morgan law firm and a University of Florida graduate, has a one-minute radio spot airing on Jacksonville radio stations, lobbying Jaguars owner Shad Khan to sign Tebow, the former Gators quarterback.
“Let’s do this for the people, Mr. Khan,” Morgan said. “Let’s win.” Tebow, a Jacksonville native, is a free agent after being cut by the New York Jets. He has the most influence on fans, according to a Forbes.com survey, and remains an immensely popular figure. Tebow played sparingly with the Jets this past season after helping lead the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2011, but questions remain as to whether he can have a sustainable career as an NFL quarterback. That didn’t stop Morgan from appealing to Khan.
In the ad, Morgan points out that Tebow won the Heisman Trophy and played on two national championship teams at Florida, then led the Broncos to the playoffs in his only season in Denver. Jacksonville, meanwhile, is 27-42 in the last five years and “can’t even fill an entire end zone” at EverBank Field, Morgan said. Morgan added that “Tebow is one of us. He has class, character and is a winner,” and even told Khan he “even buy that (luxury) box that you tried to sell me” as incentive to sign Tebow. After a 2-12 season, the team has taken steps to remake itself without adding Tebow as a distraction. In January, the team hired David Caldwell as general manager and Gus Bradley as head coach, then announced a logo and uniform change. Morgan’s plea follows the posting of a petition to a White House website urging President Barack Obama to call Caldwell and “tell him to stop ignoring the Jaguars fans and sign Tim Tebow!” The petition was removed Monday. Caldwell has said more than once the Jaguars have no interest. He didn’t appear to change that stance when asked about it Tuesday night on SiriusXM NFL radio. “For us, it was always about a fresh start,” Caldwell said. “It was about new energy here with Coach Bradley, with Shad Khan being our new owner, myself as a first-time general manager and a coaching staff that has a lot of first-time coaches there, too. “We just wanted a fresh start. We didn’t want the same recurring themes coming up.”