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. Mark

    THERE IS NO GOD, and as a proud atheist living here, I'm glad to see him go, regardless of his ability. The fact that his last name is now a verb, ( I am a linguist/atheist) is just disgusting. I do think NY fans will eat him alive. Should have traded the IGNORANT CHRISTIAN to The Detroit Lions......ha ha

    March 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • joy killer :)

      Yep you could be right!!

      It would be interesting to have Atheist and Theist debating GOD in a room and then KABOOM both are dead by bomb and now they know the TRUTH without debating.....

      March 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • stan

      The man is committed to his faith, has moral character and integrity, and you spew your venom at him. Says alot about your character.

      March 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      We don't want him. We've got Stafford and Megatron, so we'll get way more mileage than we ever would with Tebow. Although if he was a running back... now that would be something!

      March 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      Mark Get a Life dude... There is a GOD your just blinded by your ignorance...

      March 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Who cares we dont need him.......I hope he gets hurt in his first debut as a jet......Sanchez is the future of this team..

      March 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • d

      The Lions have one of the better QBs in the league, and made the playoffs last season (unlike, ahem, the Jets). Why the hell would we want Tebow in Detroit?

      March 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Hey Mark,

      THERE IS ONE GOD. Now that we have our OPINIONS out of the way, you are a jealous petty person. Believer or not he is a good guy and trying to tear someone down for their beliefs just shows how narrow minded and bitter you are.

      March 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lauren Elisabeth

      Sheesh, tell us how you really feel. What did this guy ever do to hurt you? He can have his faith and you can have your lack of it, but there's no need to be such a jerk about it. He did good things for the Broncos, doesn't mean he was the best QB but he certainly isn't the worst.

      March 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      What does Detroit have to do with it?

      March 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • pmn

      It is so interesting how negative and hateful Athiest are. Then on the other hand Christians are so full of hope, happiness, and faith. See the difference! What a miserable person you must be.

      March 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moses

      of course there is a God; the complexity of the creation reveals this; you might want to be careful about flaunting your so called athiesm; God is not totally impressed with that and has a way of letting you know He is there

      March 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Actually, we New Yorkers are going to love Tebow because we're open minded. Being a hateful is only going to perpetuate the stereotype that Southerners are ignorant, buddy. Besides, all that matters at this point is that he plays a great game. If you want to trash religion you can go on the CNN Belief blog.

      March 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • glyder

      the medias new palin.have you read his emails yet?

      March 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      As we live in a country with free spech, your words may sound funny to some folks, but be carefull to offend man of God or get in the way of his work, because there is a very special place to people like you in the final judgement. I believe you know exactly where it is but decidedd to ignore. God have mercy in your soul.

      March 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      Do you really even like football, Mark? Seems I read this exact comment from a different atheist on any and every subject under the sun. Really makes me want to be an atheist too. Seems like a life of...discontent.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • gatorfanatic

      please share how YOU know that there isn't a God you ignorant putz......

      March 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. derp

    "Broncos are just plain morons to trade a great quarterback at the begining of his career"

    Yes, that would have been dumb if they traded a great QB, so instead they just traded Tebow.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Silly Baggers!

    Hey Mark I am sure you don't want people denouncing your choice to be an athiest so why do you do the same to Tebow for being a Christian. You are both welcome to your own beliefs. Not need to for the BS.

    I am a Broncos fan and I apprecaite the work Tebow put in for the team last year. I am however happy he has been traded as now we can move forward with a more traditional QB and without the cloud that is the Tebowmaniacs. He seems like a good person and a great teammate. I wish him all the success.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MK Chicago

    You're a patheitc person, atheist/linguist or not. You're comment is toxic. Wouldnt like to know what it is like to be around an individual such as yourself. Tebow is a genuinely good and humble person and I am proud to say that he is a Christian man.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      However, he is not paid as an NFL player to preach that he is a Christian all the time. It doesn't matter that he is Christian. It just doesn't. That is a simple fact of the matter. He's a great guy and teammate though. THAT is all that matters.

      March 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      Would you be proud if he were a Muslim?

      March 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    We do not need him.............stay away , Sanchez is the future for the Jets....

    March 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ivanhoe

    For more insight into religion read the novel - king of Bat'ha - and ensuing sequel - Tales from the East: Return of Ivanhoe.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Praetorian

    The NY media will eat this ya-hoo alive! After all, he wasn't a Jet for two hours before the NY Post had a story about Tebow in a love triangle with some actress from Glee. Yes, I know, the stuff doesn't necessarily have to be completely true, but it does the damage anyhow. Good luck at keeping up that squeaky-clean, holier-than-thou persona Tim. You'll need it! Your utter hypocrisy will be laid bare, and then you'll be just another third-rate backup QB, and I shall drink a toast when it happens!

    March 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ron

    Eli is the only QB in NY that matters.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. K Dog

    There is a God. Tebow is not God, just seems to be a Godly person. This country was founded on religious freedom, but everyone had religion even if it was different. If you don't have it, get out. Find your freedom somewhere else, in a country where religion doesn't matter. Cuba maybe??? Athiests should take a long swim. Get out while you can. Not a politically correct view as of late, but my view.

    March 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tewks44

    Mark, shut up, you're making reasonable atheists like myself embarrassed. Who cares if Tebow is a Christian, so is like 90%+ of the U.S. Get use to being around Christians. If you give them a chance you'll find that the vast majority of them are actually good people.

    March 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Daniel

    to K Dog:
    Good words.

    March 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bob

    Now the JETS have 2 losers, nothing will help them.

    March 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill

    The important thing that Tebow did at Denver and what he will do in NY is put people in the seats and sell TV and paraphernalia. The NFL is showbiz first, gaming second and sports third.You people would be better served to discuss why he sells tickets so well rather than his skills as a player. When the fans start chanting "Sanchez . . Sanchez" I will re-visit my position and start listening to you theists.

    March 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill B

      How will he sell more tickets? The Jets are sold out every week. Is he going to build them a bigger stadium?

      March 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • dudley0415

      Jets games are nearly all sold out, so they don't need ticket sales. They did it to fire up Sanchez, owner of a new $40+m contract, and to add Tebow's highest-in-the-nfl red zone ranking. How not?

      March 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JonfromLI

      The Jets don't need a novelty to put people in the stands. Unlike other NFL teams, you can't simply go on the Jets or Giants' respective websites to buy a ticket to a single game. You can only go on stubhub. The old Giants Stadium sold out seasons five, ten years in advance. It's probably the same way now. What Tebow will do is sell a few more jerseys; especially down in the Bible Belt since green is a better color than purple.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marco

    Mark could be right...his lack of brain proves that maybe evolution had something to do with his being on this earth. He is clear proof that no all human beings benefited from evolution.

    March 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
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