The quiet town of Cortland, N.Y., has suddenly been transformed into a bustling media capital.
Tebowmania is on full display at Jets training camp.
In the wake of Tim Tebow’s arrival at New York Jets training camp there is a palpable buzz throughout the local community, with Jets fans expected to flood the SUNY Cortland campus this weekend to catch a glimpse of Tebow -- who was traded over from the Denver Broncos in March -- and company take the practice field.
Tebow’s first trip up to Cortland has the former Heisman Trophy winner feeling like a kid all over again.
“It kind of feels like my first day of college, showing up to Florida," quipped Tebow. "No, it’s exciting, you know it will be fun to get away. I think it will be good for the team to just be here and isolated and kind of be together 24/7. I think that’s good bonding time for the team."
With the veterans reporting to camp yesterday, Tebow took part in Mark Sanchez’s “Jets West” passing camp earlier this month, which served to build camaraderie within New York’s offensive unit. With speculation growing that a quarterback controversy could be on the horizon, Tebow reflected on the two weeks he spent in Mission Viejo, Calif., bonding with Sanchez and his teammates.
“Well, my relationship with Mark is great,” noted Tebow. “I feel like we’re friends. I feel like whether we were on the same team or not, we would continue to be friends. I feel like we support one another, on and off the field. Jets West was a lot of fun getting a chance.”
Last week wide receiver Santonio Holmes blasted the prospect of a two-quarterback system successfully being employed in the NFL. While the Jets will use training camp to acclimate Tebow to the offense, the former Florida Gator is confident in the coaching staff’s ability to make use of his football talents.
“It’s something that is exciting because everyone’s on the same page,” said Tebow. “We’re all learning it. We’re going through the installs together. You’re working with teammates to try to get it down, especially some of the new guys who might have just signed and are a little behind the eight ball, so you help them learn.”
The Tebow-Sanchez controversy is a hot topic this summer.
For newly hired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, the majority of practice time will be dedicated to incorporating Tebow into a new system. A vocal leader and strong disciplinarian, Sparano’s creative talents will truly be put to the test. With a successful track record as a play-caller, Tebow is convinced that his offensive coordinator is up for the challenge.
“I think just understanding Coach Sparano and everything that he’s done in the past, and his ability to coach offensive football, and his passion for the game, I think that’s what is really exciting,” Tebow said. “You know he’s someone that is extremely creative and he’s someone that is very passionate and he’s not afraid to do anything. I think when you put that combination together it’s pretty exciting.”