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. Thenextstep

    Don't froget to say your prayers before you eat the sandwich...........

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

      I think Tim will be very selective about which events he will attend in NY. I do not think he will attach himself to a Public Relations firm whose President was charged with hitting with people with a car outside a Hampton's nightclub though. I think he will focus on charity events, and things that match his religious commitments. Best of Luck in NYC Tim Tebow. It is a great town!

      March 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pickle

    Tim Tebow is a wonderful christian. The lord has blessed him to do his wheel. Many will come to christ knowing that this modern day prophet has made his love for god a priority .

    March 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bff

      How do you "do a wheel"?

      March 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      How do you "do a wheel"?

      In some states you can get arrested for that.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lean6


      March 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Critical Thinker

      So when Tebow plays against another quarterback who prays for a win,,,who does God favor? Whoever kneels the most?

      March 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zane

      He may be a good Christian but he sure is a bad QB!

      March 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Grateful Dom

    It's no wonder why the Jets haven't won a Super Bowl in 43 years....and by the looks of it, the head office is trying to keep it that way.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pickle

    Tim Tebow is a wonderful demon. The devil has blessed him to do his wheel. Many will come to satan knowing that this modern day poophead has made his love for boogars a priority .

    March 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fish Fan

    Sanchez is a better standard QB that collects a check and lives the life style. The thing that he is missing is what he hasn't been able to translate to his team. The fire within to win regardless. His players sensed it last season and they fell apart. TBOW brings you that fire. He makes it look ugly but if everyone bought in with average players just imagine what he can do with players that can catch on the few times he throws. The trade makes no sense and it hurts Sanchez more then it hurts the team but now everyone needs to just sit back and enjoy the crazy season.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. stephenpe

    Dont see this guy short. He wins where ever he goes. Team mates see his toughness and commitment and
    get on board quickly.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      New York has a special way of gooning up opportunities, stephenpe. They'll crucify Tebow by the middle of next season.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fish Fan

    Can you imagine if Manning is a bust and the Jets make the playoffs with or without Tbow as QB. Elway will be tossed a MILE HIGH>

    March 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Superman

    Oh yea,,,, the jets and broncos? That would be one he#l of a super bowl game would it not,,,,, peyton and t-bow at each others throats!!!!!

    March 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Broncobuster

      maybe an AFC championship game but, not the Super Bowl. (both afc teams)

      March 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Except that both teams are in the same conference and cannot possibly play each other in the superbowl.

      March 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • 6Cobra

      I'm sure God will intervene and make the Jets and Bronco's play each other in the first all-AFC Super Bowl. God Wills It!

      March 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Broncobuster

    he was brought in to bring harmonious glory in the locker room or when Sanchez throws 3 incompletions in a row! THEN ITS TEBOW TIME!

    March 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The 13th Step

    Clearly The Jets are ordering an Extra Value meal of "Media Circus"....Apparently a meal with a Rex Ryan and a poor-sportsman WR captain wasn't enough....they went extra value and got the whitemeat annointed Chicken......As a Giants fan, i couldn't be more happy with their idiocy.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mercenary For Hire

    Congratulations to the NY Jets for landing Tim Tebow, but please remember, right now, Eli Manning and the NY Giants are # 1...Besides, NFL season is over...It's time for MLB and my New York Yankees to once again prevail !!!!

    March 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GG

    I'm pretty sure NY will take his v!rginity...

    March 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Peter

    I have done a lot of missionary work, I lived in poor countries to help the poor, I have a degree from the best university in my area and can't get a job. My friends in church reject me but they love Tebow because he can throw a ball. Are these really Christian values ? Thousands of Christian sacrifice their lives helping other people or doing missionary work but Christians in the US could care less about them. Throwing a ball is all that matters to evaluate someone.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      We love you both.

      March 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "I have done a lot of missionary work"

      I have done missionary position.

      March 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      I've watched him. The problem is most of the time he CAN'T throw a ball. I'm sure he's a good guy and a good teammate (plus, he's got great feet, which was probably a huge selling point for Rex Ryan). I'm guessing that most teams would trade all that for a quarterback who can throw.

      March 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DC

    The media keeps pushing Tebow because it gets people's attention and gets them talking. It's a marketing ploy, designed to boost ad revenue. It's not like Tebow is the first religious athlete to express his faith on the field, and he certainly won't be the last. What's idiotic is how the media keeps gushing over him while overlooking more talented athletes. As a pro football fan and one who played the game growing up, I'd rather hear about how Aaron Rodgers is revolutionizing the quarterback position. I'd rather hear about Peyton Manning's comeback in Denver. I'd rather hear about so many more athletes whose stories haven't been told, but all I hear on the radio, TV, and online media is Tebow...Tebow....Tebow... Shut up already!

    March 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Wo0F

    Drop back, panic, run, fall down, do the "tebow" repeat.

    Every once in a while fumble, thrown an interception of score a touchdown just to give fans on both sides hope.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • johndanger

      That about nails it. It's gonna be ugly.

      March 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Take a losing team to the playoffs and beat the Steelers.

      March 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pineapple

      When Filipino boxer Pacman knells, makes the sign of the cross and pray in his corner of the ring, he is not censured at anytime, is this what is called sport discrimination. Perhaps Tebow should start bashing the heads of other players and then get down on his knees and pray.

      March 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
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