Te­bow pre­pares for take­of­fwith the Jets

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. | Tim Te­bow laughed a few times, smiled steadily and stayed po­lite and com­posed.

If be­ing sur­rounded by dozens of cam­eras and scores of me­dia peo­ple made him ner­vous, the New York Jets’ new backup quar­ter­back didn’t show it.

He was cool and calm — ex­actly how he looked dur­ing those hair-rais­ing come­backs last sea­son with the Den­ver Bron­cos.

His mes­sage: I’m here to help, not to cre­ate an­other Jets con­tro­versy.

“It’s an honor for all of you to show up to hear me say a few words,” a grin­ning Te­bow told a pack of more than 200 re­porters.

Asked what he thought about the me­dia crush, he said: “I re­ally don’t think it will be much of a dis­trac­tion be­cause, hon­estly, I will try not to pay too much at­ten­tion to it.”

Good thing, be­cause it will surely be around 24/7. Mon­day was only the be­gin­ning. Even though both he and Mark Sanchez, the start­ing quar­ter­back, don’t want more drama.

The Jets in­tend to make things work with Sanchez, too. Af­ter all, less than two weeks ago he was given a con­tract ex­ten­sion that in­cluded $20.5 mil­lion guar­an­teed.

Te­bow spoke for more than 30 min­utes at a news con­fer­ence held in the team’s field house be­cause the me­dia turnout was so mas­sive it couldn’t be ac­com­mo­dated in the nor­mal press room. It was hardly a run-of-the-mill meet-and-greet, with the star of the show hardly a part-time player.

Te­bow, who used the word “ex­cited” more than 40 times, re­fused to stir the volatile mix that is the Jets. He went out of his way to say he be­lieves he and Sanchez can co-ex­ist de­spite all the skep­tics. And there are plenty.

Te­bow elec­tri­fied the NFL last year by tak­ing a 1-4 Den­ver team on an in­cred­i­ble run — seven wins in eight games, in­clud­ing three in over­time and an­other two won in the wan­ing mo­ments of reg­u­la­tion. Sud­denly, the league was gripped by Te­bow­ma­nia. Never mind the bad pass­ing me­chan­ics and Te­bow’s ten­dency to tuck the ball and run.

The Jets are hop­ing he has more sur­prises left in him — in what­ever role he serves.

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