For a guy who hasn’t had much playing time since the season began, Tim Tebow seems to be running a never-ending defense in New York these days. According to the Bleacher Report on Dec. 28, it’s likely he’ll have to keep it up until he waves good-bye to the New York Jets.
Coach Rex Ryan and the New York Jets signed a “name,” didn’t play him and now he’s being excoriated in the press for supposedly refusing to run the Wildcat last week. Tim Tebow may not be known as the best quarterback in professional football, but he’s certainly known as one of the most cooperative. Why would he refuse? He says he didn’t.
“I never said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do anything or I won’t do anything,'” Tebow said. “That wasn’t the talk at all. He knows that and everybody on this team knows I would never not do something if I was asked.
“That’s what’s disappointing, people saying, ‘You quit’ or, ‘You didn’t do this.’ That was not it at all. It was me asking to get an opportunity to play the position I love, which is quarterback. It wasn’t me asking out of anything.”
To tell you the truth, after being passed over for third string quarterback Greg McIlvoy after the losing season the Jets have had behind Mark Sanchez, most people wouldn’t blame him for not cooperating or pitching in a few heated comebacks. But that’s not Tim Tebow.
Even Rex Ryan, after the brouhaha hit the papers, had only something positive to say about him.
“I’ll say this: I believe if Tim’s number was called, he would’ve went in and played—I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.”
Does that sound like a guy who said, “I refuse”? And this is from one of the accusers.
Speaking of those accusers, other than Ryan, who are they? ESPN kept saying simply “sources.” Were they disgruntled teammates? People who just don’t like Tim Tebow? Opposing players? Who are these “sources”? If you’re going to attempt to ruin someone’s reputation, don’t you think that person should have the right to know who’s trashing him? Even in a court of law, the defendant has the right to face his accusers.
So who knows what went on in that supposedly “heated” meeting between Rex Ryan and Tim Tebow? Just the two of them and one has already voiced his feelings to the press. Tim Tebow has kept relatively quiet until now. Why? Here’s Tim telling what’s really important to him.
“For people to not know the situation and to bash your character and say you’re a phony, you’re a fake and you’re a hypocrite, I think that’s what’s disappointing and that’s what’s frustrating. It’s a football game. That’s one thing, if you’re good or bad at football, but your character and integrity, that’s who you are as a man. That’s a lot more important.
“That’s what’s disappointing for me and frustrating because I take that way more serious than I’ll ever take a football game.”