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. Crossbow

    What? New York is full of Christians who are no doubt proud to have a fellow Christian sacrificing his body to the god of sport. Not like Casius Clay/Muhammad Ali did for Allah, but only because the don't allow pro boxers to wear helmets.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Diest

    Tebow is a phony, both as a pretend QB (47% completions) and a religious person (inappropriate attention getting genuflecting) on a football field. Does he really believe that God would help him win a football game and allow a child to drown in a river at the same time, just because Tim is a better person?

    March 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • master p

      Phil 4:6 "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done."

      Meaning we give thanks for everything not just somethings.

      March 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. derp

    "if you really think tebow won't resolve the throwing issue and come out being an awesome QB you are brain dead"

    I guess every general manager in the NFL is brain dead too. The Broncos could not even get a third round pick for him. Not one GM in the NFL offered anything more than a fourth round pick. Why is that? Oh that's right, it's because he sucks. He can't throw, and he's not all that smart. He is a harder working white version of JaMarcus Russell.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • NanookoftheNorth

      Hate much ?

      March 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      I don't hate him at all. He seems like a nice enough kid. But the simple fact of the matter is that as a QB, he sucks.

      I get a laugh out of all the religiots who think he is the second coming of Joe Montana because he bows before games. So what if he wears his faith on his sleeve (and face). He is still a lousy QB.

      If he had any value as a starting QB somebody would have given the Broncos at least two first round pics for him. But they only got one forth round pick for him. The whole rest of the NFL realizes that he sucks, and valued his trade accordingly. Just because he is a outwardly religious person does not make him an NFL QB.

      March 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • NanookoftheNorth

      *Just in case you didn't see my comment above...a GODLY NFL QB ;-)

      March 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Realist Football Fan

    Cursed be god he dropped the damn ball.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Jesus made me fumble"

      March 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. iBod

    Great Guy; Promising Future. New York picking up what Denver obviously didn't deserve. Best of luck to him.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Realist Football Fan

    I wonder if coach fergot ta have the players huddle-up and pray before the game or if Satan gave the other team our playbook. But our good guys are getting stomped by their bad guys. My god, my god why have you forsaken the NY Jets.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • NanookoftheNorth

      No matter what screen name you use...jerk rhymes with .....?

      March 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "No matter what screen name you use...jerk rhymes with .....?"

      Quirk?

      March 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Goose Gander

    If it's ok for Tebow and others to praise god when the ball gets caught, it's ok for others to curse god if the ball gets dropped. We can even blame satan if it's ok for Tebow(s) to praise god.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Religious Zealot/Football Fan

    Yes. I can see Satan has been working overtime on the mind of the opposing teams QB. We should have countered with a righteous blitz on that last play. Praise God this is one helluva game.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joed49

    I wish him the best, he has a lot of class. I think this move is going to come back on the Broncos and bite them.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ivon

    Leave God out of this I think this is a move based on talent not based on what he believes. The dude kinda sucks, I've watched him play with an impartial opinion. You seriously cant play a whole game with a .15 completion percentage then all of a sudden pull out a few games. It doesn't work that way. You look at the teams in the NFL most of them have productive QB's he's just not consistant enough.

    March 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Was a Bronco fan for 30 yrs.

    Tim Tebow put the Denver Broncos back on the map last season. I've been a Broncos fan for 30+ years and I haven't been so excited to watch them since Elway retired. I have NO doubts that had Tebow played for some other team, Manning would NOT have chosen Denver. No way would he have chosen a team with a losing record that hadn't made the playoffs in ages. Elway should thank Tim for putting them back on the football map because that's the only reason he got his coveted Manning. His loss is NY's gain. I'll be rooting for green and white this season. Hope they leave the Orange Crush in the dust.

    March 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "No way would he have chosen a team with a losing record"

      He also looked at Miami, Arizona, Tennessee and San Fran. The niners were the only one of those teams with a winning record.

      March 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nynjct

    I don't know why my heart so beats? I'll be Jets Fan.

    March 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RE McKay

    Gross. JETs needed this like a hole in the head. New Yorkers don't need a bible thumper around the locker room. They need a rough swearing tough-as-nails QB to kick some balls around that place if they want to be a serious contender.

    March 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • stvnkrs10

      Because those guys did so well last year right? The bible thumper got his team to the playoffs last I saw.

      March 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "The bible thumper got his team to the playoffs last I saw"

      Last I saw he got his as s on a plate in New England? That is how you become a fourth round pick.

      March 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neeve

      Oh you mean more like a real man, right? Hmmmm.....how come you aren't in NY filling that role if you're so damn smart?

      March 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Really, how about a QB with some tallent which Tebow has plenty to spare.

      March 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • WiscBadger

      You mean a QB that acts like Randy Moss? Don't think so.

      March 27, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Gary Randall

    Denver lost out and Tim Tebow is truly a man of God and a good football player. He will do just fine for the Jets. He was exciting to to watch when he plyed college football for the Gator's. He was a winner and won a national champonship too. Young people now days need a good role model...Wish there were more Tim Tibows in the world.
    And it is still okay to praise God!

    March 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. stvnkrs10

    I'm not a Tebow fan per say and I don't think he is a very good QB. However, he is inspirational and a leader to his team mates and through out all of this has been a grade A class act. Bravo Tebow. Too bad more of these selfish me me me players couldn't be more like you. All talent and no class. Too bad you are almost the opposite lol.

    March 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neeve

      Hey stvnkrs 10. You ain't seen the last of him, you just seen the beginning....

      March 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
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