Tim Tebow subtly rips Notre Dame and Brady Quinn
Tim Tebow was in Winter Park, Florida on Thursday where he joined the Florida Gators’ booster board. Tebow took to the podium and delivered a speech, followed by a few questions. An interesting question came up about being a Gator in the NFL and Brady Quinn. What was more interesting was Tebow’s response,
“So many guys come up to me and say, ‘What’s it like to be at the University of Florida? What’s it like to be a Gator?’ The first thing I think of is, ‘Wouldn’t you like to know.’ … I had a teammate at Denver who played the same position as me and he went to the University of Notre Dame. He would brag about his university, how great it was. Most of us in the locker room were like, ‘C’mon, we all had opportunities. We chose not to go there.’ … But he talked so much about his university that it became easy. I’d say, ‘Your whole team had one guy who ran under a 5.0 40 [yard dash]. Our kicker ran under 5.0.’ ”
Funny to see Tebow throw a jab at Brady Quinn and Notre Dame. I wonder if Quinn will have anything to say in return.
Two other interesting questions came up during the meeting. The first was his thoughts on the Tebowing craze that developed last year while he was in Denver,
“I just think it’s crazy how it started. I had done the same routine for the last seven or eight years. My whole time at Florida, every game, I’d run down to the end zone, pray, do three jumps and sprint back. That was my routine. Somehow, this year it caught on and some genius started calling it ‘Tebowing.’ … I know after we beat Miami, the following week we came home and played Detroit. I got sacked by one of their linebackers — and then he ‘Tebowed’ on top of me. I’m thinking, ‘Are you praising me or mocking me?’ I mean, I’m just praying. But it caught on. All year you saw people doing it. At the Oscars. At the Grammys. I was at the Met Gala and seeing people I’ve been watching since I was five years old. Some of them see me and are like, “Oooooh” and then they get on their knees and start ‘Tebowing.’ I’m like, ‘I’ve seen you in the movies.’ It was crazy. I’m not sure how it started, or why, but it seems prayer is being talked about in sports again. For middle-schoolers and high-schoolers, if they get on their knee and pray after [a TD], it’s not weird anymore. It’s becoming cool again. I’m not ashamed of that. I take pride in that.”
And finally, on what he needs to do in order to become a better quarterback,
“Everything. This my third year and my third offense. That’s been a struggle. Eventually, I’ll know them all, hopefully. I think understanding offense very well, that’ll be a key. And just continuing to work on fundamentals. … My biggest weakness has probably been fundamentals. The offense we ran at Florida, I had great fundamentals for that, with my feet. Now, being under center, play-action, seven-step drops, being in the pocket, it’s different. The great quarterbacks aren’t necessarily super-athletic, but they have great rhythm and timing because of their feet. … Sometimes I want to go so fast, so having rhythm and timing is something I need to work on every day.”
It will be interesting to see how long it takes the New York Jets to transition from Mark Sanchez to Tim Tebow.