Move over Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow is the toast of the town.
Tebow mania is spreading to the media capital of the world generating a buzz and excitement around the New York Jets that was nonexistent in 2011.
In his first conference call with the New York media, Tebow expressed his zeal and gratitude to the Jets organization for bringing him into the fold. While many have speculated that Tebow could eventually usurp the starting quarterback job from Mark Sanchez, the former Broncos signal caller seems to understand his situational role on the team.
“It is very clear: They want me to come in and compete and get better, and get better as a quarterback and to help the team any way possible,” Tebow said. “Whatever that role is, I will do my best.”
“My goal is to push (Sanchez) to get better, and to push myself to get better every day,” Tebow said. “But I think we’ll have a great working relationship. We’ll have a great relationship off the field, and we’ve had that the last few years. He’s such a classy guy and handles himself so well, and I’ll be very honored to call him my teammate.”
In a rollercoaster 24-period for the Jets front office, they negotiated a deal for Tebow at two different junctures, due to a misunderstanding in the language of the contract.
New York finally ironed out Tebow’s salary advance figure, wildling down the original 5 million dollars due, to a 2.5 million split with Denver.
While sources indicated that Tebow had the final say on his trade destination, choosing New York over Jacksonville, the former Heisman Trophy winner spoke to the contrary.
“Ultimately, I really didn’t have any because the Broncos had all that power,” Tebow said, “I was just kind of watching and waiting — kind of like everybody else. “It was an interesting day.”
Interesting to say the least.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
You can follow him on Twitter @rlaughland
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