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.
âIâm so honored and humble to be a Jet," he continued. "Iâm so thankful they wanted me.â
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,Â 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.
"Thereâs no ill will to the Broncos, their coaching staff, Peyton Manning or anybody,â 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.
âIâm a football player first and then a quarterback," Tebow said.Â âI will give my whole heart to being the best Jet I can possibly be.â
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.
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.
âI think youâre going to see him go to the Hamptons. I think youâre going to see him at polo. I think youâll probably see him at Fashion Week. At the higher-end events. I donât think youâre 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.
âI donât see Tim just holding a clipboard,â Ryan is quoted as saying in the New York Post. âHeâs going to be playing for us. Thereâs no doubt. Heâll have a role. There wonât be a better Wildcat quarterback in the game. Is that his only role? Weâll see what happens.â
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.
âWe 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.Â If you get confused in terms of what your mission is, youâre 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,â Johnson is quoted as saying in The New York Times.