March 26th, 2012
01:20 PM ET

'Excited' Tebow says hello to New York

Nobody, absolutely nobody, could be more excited to be a New York Jet than Tim Tebow.

"Excited" was the word Tebow used frequently and relentlessly at a press conference Monday as he was introduced as the Jets' second-string quarterback and first-string media sensation and quite possibly, the most soft-spoken, humble and likeable guy ever to grace an NFL uniform.

"I'm so excited about being a Jet," he said as he stood alone at a podium in the team's fieldhouse, used for the one-man news conference because of the crush of media that wanted to attend.

“I’m so honored and humble to be a Jet," he continued. "I’m so thankful they wanted me.”

Tebow came to the Jets last week in a trade with the Denver Broncos, who jettisoned Tebow after signing free-agent superstar Peyton Manning.

The Broncos let Tebow go after he took over their starting quarterback position during the 2011 season,  and led the team to the playoffs and a victory over the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers in their first playoff game. Surely the trade would have rankled the Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Florida.

"There’s no ill will to the Broncos, their coaching staff, Peyton Manning or anybody,” Tebow said. "I'm always gonna root for those guys because we went through a lot together."

"We'll have a lot of great memories for a long time from last season."

Now he seems, well, excited, to make memories in New York.

"I just want to make this team a little bit better because I'm here," he said.

And how will he do that behind starting quarterback Mark Sanchez? He's excited to do whatever is asked of him, even if that doesn't mean getting behind center on Sunday afternoons.

“I’m a football player first and then a quarterback," Tebow said.  “I will give my whole heart to being the best Jet I can possibly be.”

And that includes being a great teammate for Sanchez.

Tebow said he and the Jets starting QB are good friends who get along well, and should make each other better.

"We'll be stronger together than we would be apart," he said.

Meanwhile, New York is, you guessed it, excited to have Tebow.

To wit:

The Carnegie Deli introduces the "Jetbow" sandwich on Monday, ESPN New York reports. The 3.5-pound sandwich - that's about three and a half times the size of an NFL football - includes roast beef, pastrami, corned beef, American cheese, lettuce and tomato.

And for the first time in the deli's celebrity sandwich line, it will be using white bread and mayonnaise.

"We tailored it to the type of person he is," owner Sandy Levine told ESPN. "We wanted to make it because he's that All-American kid, the picture of what every mother and father want their son and daughter to be in the United States."

Price of the sandwich made for the Jets' No. 2 QB: $22.22.

While you may be able to get a Tebow sandwich, you may have trouble buying a Tebow Jets jersey.

The NFL is switching its official jersey line to Nike from Reebok next month, according to Bloomberg Business, which means there was little inventory available on which to quickly add the Tebow name.

New York sporting goods chain Modell's said it has no adult Tebow jerseys to sell, just T-shirts and child-sized jerseys, Bloomberg reports.

Official NFL jerseys will be available to order April 15 and in stores April 26, a league official told Bloomberg.

If fans can't get an official Tebow jersey, New York Daily News beat writer Manish Mehta tweets an idea for new Tebow-era Jets apparel: T-shirts with "3:16W" emblazoned on them. That's Exit 16 west on Route 3, the exit you take to get to Giants Stadium in New Jersey where the Jets play their home games. It is also the verse in the Bible, John 3:16, that Tebow showed off in eyeblack when he played in college. And 316 is the number of yards Tebow threw for when he led the Denver Broncos past the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers during last season's NFL playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Big Apple's paparazzi have a hot new subject to follow, as they did Saturday night when Tebow attended a Broadway play and was captured in New York Daily News photos.

Broadway may just be the beginning for Tebow on the New York social scene.

Lizzie Grubman, the president of Lizzie Grubman Public Relations and Management, tells The New York Times she expects to see Tebow at high-end social events in the region.

“I think you’re going to see him go to the Hamptons. I think you’re going to see him at polo. I think you’ll probably see him at Fashion Week. At the higher-end events. I don’t think you’re going to see him clubbing," Grubman told the Times.

So you'll see him on the polo field, but what about the football field? He is, after all, No. 2 on the Jets' QB depth chart behind Mark Sanchez.

Jets coach Rex Ryan said Sunday that Tebow will be an integral part of the team.

“I don’t see Tim just holding a clipboard,” Ryan is quoted as saying in the New York Post. “He’s going to be playing for us. There’s no doubt. He’ll have a role. There won’t be a better Wildcat quarterback in the game. Is that his only role? We’ll see what happens.”

Ryan spoke after the team's owner, Woody Johnson, responded to questions about whether the Jets made the deal for Tebow to gain a celebrity or someone who could help bring the team a championship.

“We work for the fans, and the fans want us to win games. So all the decisions that we make regarding the team are just for football.  If you get confused in terms of what your mission is, you’re not going to accomplish the mission, and our mission is to win games, pure and simple. Tim Tebow has been a winner all his life, going back to his high school career,” Johnson is quoted as saying in The New York Times.

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  1. Chad

    Tim Tebow has never been the issue. Despite his faults as an NFL quarterback (and they are many), that wasn't the biggest issue during his time in Denver. Much like the Jesus character that Tim professes to emulate, the problem isn't with the man, it's with the man's fan club. Tebow's crazy band of zealots effectively cost him his job with the Broncos, and it will probably happen again with the Jets. It's just too much baggage and it's insane that a poor QB, who is admittedly a very decent guy, becomes far bigger than the team for which he plays.

    Remember reading this here. Just a matter of time before it all hits the fan in New York with Tebow's acolytes.

    March 27, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Couldn't be more wrong. It was the fact that he lost out to end the season, has not shown the ability to play the traditional QB role on a consistent basis, and a MUCH better QB happened to come along at the right time for Denver. You really think it has anything to do with some Tebow fans that payed for a billboard? Gimme a break. "qb becomes far bigger than the team for which he plays" – clearly you haven't been paying attention to modern era sports for the last 30 years or so.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Benjamin McDonald

    I'm a Jets fan and I'm accept Tebow, because he is a man of God and humble. Really excited to see what the Jets will do this upcoming season.

    March 27, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. reality check

    @EPAB I guess you never seen the footage of what them dogs went through. I dont care how he was raised or what he went through growing up. No person with any respect to life would ever do the things he did personally. His so called reform is a act to make the millions from a failed society. He is a psychopath and sadist who is only sorry for himself. I wish the Saints would of carried out a bounty for Vick and I would of personaly donated towards it.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Real direct

    Tebow's a bum , no more than a 4th. String player...not even a QB..

    March 27, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • knows all

      Your just mad that you are a perfecional. Justexcept hiom!

      March 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • knows all

      you can't talk.

      March 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Real direct

    Only because the boy is white. They just want someone white to cheer for. Same ol'e white song.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • knows all

      thats weird of you to say. I think he is brave to say that he is a christian.

      March 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ann west

    🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴
    The other players already hate him for holding a press conference . A back up quarterback should NOT do that.. 🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴

    March 27, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Wha???

      HE didn't. The OWNER called it.

      March 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jay

    For all who comment negatively on Tebow, when was the last time you invested yourself in something selfless and uplifting for someone outside your own family ? Even if he does not turn out be a star QB but he's probably done more in a day for those he does not know than most of us have done in the last 10 years combined.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Angelo

      As to being brave to admit your a Christian!? NOT! Most people IN THE USA are Christian. Today that's like saying your AMERICAN!
      It would be very very brave to admit he was an Atheist. Now that would be different and brave saying you are one of the few not one of the christian masses that believe in fairy tales. Saying you are Christian is the only comfortable position in the USA today. The Bravest and smartest aren't. The founders of the USA weren't the were Deist. If you are smart you know Deism is as close to Atheism as you can get. The are against organized religion ALL ORGANIZED RELIGION! Look it up dumb Americans.

      March 28, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Robert

    A young man that any parent would like to have, an excellent role model for children and teens. We need to show more atletes like him, we hear more about the bad ones.
    I am glad he will play in NY.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Veternswife

    You people are so unbelieveable. He is a good QB...maybe not the best. The only difference is he has "want to". And he inspires people to be their best. What is so flippin wrong about that? So what if he Believes in God, maybe more of You should. I would rather live my life as if there were God & find out there is not one. Than to live my life as there were no God & find out too late there is.
    Finally we have a True role model for young athlets & you poor fools can only put him down. What is wrong with you people?

    March 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • pm ohio

      He is a very below average NFL QB. Being a cheerleader is ok, but you get to hold a clipboard in the NFL. It's just that he gets more attention than anyone in the league because he wears his religion on his sleeve. Don't get me wrong, I would love for my sons to be like him. He is intelligent, good looking, a great athlete and by all accounts a great person, but he just isn't a good NFL QB. He is a heisman winner, won NCAA Championships, all american in high school and college...not bad, since he will probably also be a Senator or President some day. he just doesn't really deserve all of the attention he gets...

      March 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Excited

    I'm excited to see Tebow finally go the way of Sarah, bye, bye.

    March 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Angelo

    This guy will praise anyone, any god or anything for a job in football. He is a joke but glad he is a NY Jets Joke. My team didn't even think of him....thank you. He is a bad QB but may be a good battering ram running back. Most brainless guys are. I'm not sure he is capable of having a concussion. Praise Satan!

    March 28, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. Angelo

    Don't buy his Jersey. He won't be there long. A year maybe 2 and that's it.

    March 28, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
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  14. MM

    Being a Denver fan I I'm glad they got Manning – but it's very risky. I was disappointed when they let Tebow go. thought Tebow could have learned alot from Manning. Elway was a little arroganr the way he handled the whole thing. I believe Tebow's love for the game, desire to succeed and work ethic will make the Jets a better team. He and Sanchez will get along fine. Nobody expected the Broncos to make the playoffs last year much less beat Pitt in round 1. Jet fans – get behind him and give him a chance.

    April 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
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