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. Tebow

    Tebow is a mediocre player and his prayer show won't impress New Yorkers who expect him to do his job well.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • alex

      Epic Fail for the Jets. Tebow may be popular, but he's way too small to be a successful QB.

      March 26, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      He's not mediocre – if that was the case he wouldn't be in the NFL at all.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Captain Obvious

    The fact that they're holding a press conference for a backup quarterback just goes to prove Tebow is more hype than game.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. ron

    Amazing, All this for a back up QB. And that sandwich. Jeezus what a POS.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. WCallier

    Huhhm. Michael Vick had a press conference to be McNabbs backup not too long ago..... Let the kid play.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • esoteric1 punn intended

      March 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • iBod

      Fancy that, eh? I remember people continually criticized Vick. Now [Philadelphia] adore[s] him.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • EPAB

      Ummmmm, Michael Vick, love him or hate him, is an excellent QB with a history of success in the NFL. Not so Tebow.

      March 27, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. bill bradford

    Tim Tebow brought a 1-4 team to the playoffs and then winning a playoff game. The people that hate Tim Tebow writes stuff like " mediocre player" and "Hype". Tim Is a winner and a true NFL player. Tim gave the broncos confidence and trust that he could do it and he did.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Give him time to prove himself with the Jets as a QB. His kneeling position is his personal affair made national.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. bill bradford

    The Broncos Fans wanted Tim Tebow in the game. They were chanting Tim Tebow, until finnally at 1-4 Elway brought him in. Elway didnt seem to want him to play and was hoping for TIm to stink. The broncos didnt win because of the defense or by chance, they won and broke records because Tim in the clutch fourth quarter single handidly ran, passed and did whatever it took to score and win and they did. That made everyone else play better because the Broncos had a chance to go compete for the playoffs.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      You keep telling yourself that. It's all well and good coming back in the 4th quarter when the other team has put up less than 14 points total. Not going to work when you need to score 35.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Got your facts wrong bud! Elway gets paid the big bucks to have a winning record. Period. Fans spend big bucks to buy tickets to see a winning team. Elway would have played the devil herself if it meant wins! Tebow didn't do anything single handed. He was surrounded by an organization and team that changed its entire offensive play set to take advantage of Tim's particular football skillsr. One of which is not throwing an accurate pass. He provided good times for Denver fans by helping
      win some games, but by no means did he do it all!

      March 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      And then the patriots exposed him for the fraud that he is. In the NFL, QB's have to be able to pass. Tebow can't. He was the worst passer in the NFL last year. That is why he was only worth a fourth round pick.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. becca

    tim far from mediocre. the jets werent stupid..he is an excellent player. we in colorado will miss him..and many of us will now become ny jets fans. tebow has an great outlook and character...which says a lot for a quarterback. i believe people are still prematurely judging him. he is still young..and has time to continue to develop.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      ebow sucks. He was DEAD LAST in he NFL in passing yards per game and completion %. The Broncos offense scored more points per game when they were 1-4 than with Tebow. The defense showed up in the second half of the season. He is the single most overhyped player since Tony Mandarich. If Tebow is so amazing, why did the jets get him for a 4th round pick? Every GM in the NFL realizes how badly he sucks, so they would not even offer up a third rounder for him.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Paul

    I admire Tebow.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. esoteric1

    no matter how you slice it there is a lot tebow can do on the football field even if he isn't QB

    March 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "no matter how you slice it there is a lot tebow can do on the football field even if he isn't QB'

      Yeah, he can give the thirsty players water, he can carry some towels, he could always signal in the plays that the real QB is going to run.

      March 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BW

    Excited to see him excel... He puts in hard work and it will payoff. Eat the word of God Tim and watch the Lord strengthen and bless you bro... God is in control - Romans 8:28, your steps are ordered and now the whole world will see this first hand. Remember, God's got you and I will be sure to pray for you. As for the haters, they will always be there. Love them into the kingdom bro and prove through your life that our God reigns. Cheers to the redemptive love and power of our Lord and Savior - Jesus the Christ!

    March 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Epacific

    If you want to pray, fine, but don't make a show of it. He can kneel all he wants but, if he doesn't come through, New Yorkers will crucify him. Yes, pun intended.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • BW

      same goes for all of the endzone celebrations too then...

      If he desires to give God glory, let him - it's not him who makes a big deal of it (remember, he did the same thing at Florida)

      March 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lotsapoppa

      Well, there are a lot of jews there.

      March 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rob

    Any team that takes Tebow is going to end up severely regretting its choice. Not only is he a no talent, but he'll give them headache after headache espousing his kooky, intolerant, hateful views. Especially his support of a repulsive hate organization, Focus on the Family. They should have put more thought into their pick. This fanatical bigot Tebow must have a great PR agency. He's a no-talent, nobody, yet seems to get his name in the papers quite often. Kind of like Zsa Zsa Gabor or Lindsey Lohan. Can't wait to see him fail this season so we never have to hear about him or his disgusting mother again.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • BW

      Rob, this is very foolish to say. Focus on the Family is an organization that discusses how the God of the Bible views family. If you feel that this perspective is wrong then I would encourage you to learn more about him (God) before you spew your ignorance (not calling you ignorant but rather your comment).

      Redemptive love is what the Bible teaches - we all have a choice and it so happens that we choose God who chooses us, until that is we reject him. You still have time

      March 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BW

      BTW, Heisman's are not given to unathletic, no talent individuals. Also, no talent athletes do not start as a QB and take their teams to win National Championships or NFL Playoffs.... just sayn

      March 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. edvhou812

    Teams don't hold press conferences for their backup QB. Don't be surprised if Tebow becomes the next starting QB of the New York Jets sometime next season.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      The jets paid Sanchez 40 million dollars to be the starter. Tebow will be a third down short yardage gimmick player, because his arm sucks and he can never be an NFL level passer.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BW

    BTW, I do not know ANYONE that mastered their job in 1 year. Keep proving them wrong and keep winning like you are accustomed to... I find it very ironic that no one believes that you can improve but yet everyone believes that other athletes can improve with time and coaching that are under 30. Very interesting double standard but I believe in you and know that you will be a great QB in the NFL for years to come. I am not delusional, just know that you have what it takes and that you will work hard to improve and it will pay off.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      "Heisman's are not given to unathletic, no talent individuals. Also, no talent athletes do not start as a QB and take their teams to win National Championships."

      Remember Gino Toretta? Neither does anyone else. Being the quarterback of a Championship college team does not mean you are talented. Marshall Faulk on the other hand...

      March 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
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