NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tim Tebow made his first appearance as a New York Jet on Monday at a news conference at the team’s training facility in Florham Park.
“I’m looking forward to my future as a Jet and I’m very, very excited about it,” a visibly nervous Tebow told reporters at the news conference that began shortly after noon.
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“This is where I want to be,” Tebow added. “Being a Jet, it’s awesome because you have so many fans that support us as Jets, and they’re so passionate.”
As for his ability to get along and work under the highly controversial Jets coach Rex Ryan, Tebow isn’t concerned in the least. He also explained that his role is not set in stone, though he’s completely content with whatever is asked of him.
“I have had time to spend with Coach Ryan,” Tebow explained. “I think a lot of it has to do with how well it works, how it does in practice. Obviously you’re not going to put something out there if it’s not executed and not running well. I think it really matters how well we do and how quickly I can pick everything up.”
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Tebow insisted that he and Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez can not only co-exist, but that the two are in fact very good friends. The backup QB simply can’t imagine that he and the USC product won’t be able to work together in a productive fashion and have fun while doing so.
“Me and Mark have a great relationship and we have for the last three years.” Tebow said. “We’ve texted back and forth, we’ve talked already and we’re going to have a great relationship and a great working relationship. I think we’ll have a lot of fun together.”
Naturally, Tebow had to address the notion of spreading faith in New York and in the locker room, an idea that he has been getting all of this attention because of his faith.
“I think it doesn’t matter what market I was in, I don’t think it played a big part in it,” Tebow said. “In the locker room, it’s not something I’m super outspoken about.”
That’s not to say that God won’t continue to play a crucial role in Tebow’s daily routine, both on the field and off.
“Obviously, I’m someone who is very outspoken about my faith and I’ve never been ashamed of it,” Tebow said. “And always, any time I get the opportunity I always thank my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. But I don’t think all the attention I get is just because of my faith.
And as for the recent phenomenon that has come to be known as Tebowing?
“As far as ‘Tebowing’ goes, I’ve been doing that same routine for the last seven years, since my senior year in high school,” Tebow admitted. “It’s funny because all of a sudden it became a big story. We’re at a press conference for a football team, so it’s not exactly the kind of platform to get up here and share what you believe. For me, it’s about having a relationship with Christ, and that’s pretty much the basis of what I believe. It’s exciting for me to get opportunities to share it, but at the same time this is a press conference for the New York Jets football team.”
Rex Ryan, Mike Tannenbaum and Woody Johnson were not at Tebow’s news conference on Monday. They’re at the NFL meetings in Florida.
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