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. Michael Hall

    I think that, in the final analysis, Tebow's critics are angry because Tim Tebow's life is morally and ethically superior to theirs. He personifies grace, dignity, character, and integrity. His critics cannot measure up to that standard (or simply refuse to do so). Rather than use his life as a model to improve their own life, they attempt to destroy his.

    "Throw a rock into a pack of dogs and the one you hit yelps the loudest"

    March 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "He personifies grace, dignity, character, and integrity."

      And incomplete passes. You forgot the incomplete passes.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • stacy100

      Nicely written. I've always thought that the people putting him down where jealous of his lifestyle and of Tim the person. It makes them feel better to try and make him look bad.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • James.Storm

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

      March 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jen


      March 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JohnnyFiveAlive

    how many times did he say "excited" during that press conference? My guess is at least 40 times

    March 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      Ya gotta admit it is all rather exciting and for an additional $3.16 you can get fries with that exciting tebow sanich.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bardfast

    Perhaps someone should tell Tebow that jesus actually never existed, and this fact has been known since the early 18th Century.

    Just saying....

    March 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Free Willy

      a "fact".

      March 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • believer

      I feel sorry for you. You must be living a desperate and depressed life.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • TangaU

      Yeah, just forget the fact that Jesus' birth, life, ministry, miracles, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension were witnessed by tens of thousands of people, and that the New Testament Gospels are an eye-witness account of those events which have never been proven wrong and never will be proven wrong because every word is absolute Truth.

      Oh, and one more thing, Bardfast: Jesus loves you and died for you.

      God Bless Tim Tebow!

      March 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • James.Storm

      Maybe somebody should tell you to change your diaper and grow up. you are allowed to have an opinion but don't try to force feed folks with YOUR OPINION. I know most of you athiests are the "I think I'm smarter then I actually am" type and you embrace ignorance but come on, with garbage like that no wonder nobody takes you serious.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "most of you athiests are the "I think I'm smarter then I actually am"

      No, we don't think we are smarter than we are, we just think we are smarter than you.

      March 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Debby

    He couldn't win the Super Bowl for the Bronco's so now he has to prove himself here. Alot to ask for especially when you have to please New Yorkers. I wish him luck.

    March 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jean

    God Bless Tebow

    March 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. derp

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

    Well, he is God, and building a stadium has to be easier than waving his magic god wand and creating earth in six days. A new stadium should take lord Tebow all of about 37 seconds to whip up.

    March 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nowayjose39123

    Now, all of the Jesus folks have to like New York. Bwhahahahahaha.

    March 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gatorFANatic

    Wished NYC was either Jacksonville or Tampa. Bucs and Jags wishin they were the Jets right now. But one thing the Gator Nation knows is that Tim Tebow is there to Win plain and simple. The Gator nation will now paint NYC orange and blue....Go Tim where ever you play and yes...May God continue to bless you and your critics 🙂

    March 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    Tebow's mistake in Denver was not standing up for his QB when all the billboard signs starting going up for him to start. He got caught up in the whirlwind of fan support and was too "excited" about starting. Notice how cautious he answers now when asked if he wants to start - which, of course, is a stupid question because EVERYONE wants to be the starter.

    He's said that he's a football player first, and a QB second. Someone should take him up on that. How about a half-back who could possible throw the ball? That would make him more of a threat than playing QB.

    March 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. us1776

    Tebow, bow to the Pentagram !!

    You are in the devil's lair now.


    March 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lance Hemmert

    Tim Tebow is a class act all the way. I love his relentless positive energy.

    March 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Scheer

    He is such a nice person. Plus, he's totally yummy!

    March 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • tstorm92

      I'm sure his boyfriend agrees!

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

    Bronco's traded a good person, great star and football player who is second to none. He is young and will get his skills consistent. Broncos is my team and what a loss they have brought upon themselves. I could boot Elway. He is the best in football with Terrell Davis; but his time has gone. He could have done a lot to help and keep Tebow. What's wrong with him?

    March 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      There is a very good reason that not one other team was willing to trade more than a fourth round pick for him. The reason is hat he sucks. He is a terrible QB, and the Patriots showed the whole rest of the league how badly he sucks.

      March 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • T. Davis will rock you

      This is the smartest thing Elway could of done! Manning instantly upgrades our team to an elite offense.
      Tebow is playing out of position. They should play in as a halfback,where he shines. Good luck Tebow,I think you are going to need it!!

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

    "'Excited' Tebow says hello to New York"

    Flacid New York resignedly waves without enthusiasm. Tells him he can't park there, d-bag

    March 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NanookoftheNorth

    Sounds like maybe Tebow and New York just may be a good fit afterall 🙂 As far as seeing him in "the Hampton's, polo and Fashion Week"...not so much 😉 From what I've read about Tebow, I don't think that's going to be his 'thing'. I'd be more willing to bet he will be showing up at local churches and continuing his charity work. New York, I think you lucked out getting this fine young man and many of us are praying he continues to be such a great example for our youth to follow !

    *As far as Aikman saying it was "just buisness"'s a little hard to swallow from someone who is the spitting image of Gary Busey 😉

    March 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • NanookoftheNorth

      *Sorry folks, I meant Elway 🙂

      March 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • NanookoftheNorth

      Just watched the vid...Tebow is also very well-spoken for such a young'n (I think he's only 23 ??) 🙂

      March 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp


      Maybe you should add another five or six of those stupid smiley faces to your posts. We think you are probably a total moron, but we're not sure. Throw a couple more smileys in there to convince us.

      March 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • NanookoftheNorth

      Derp – Didn't know my typed smiles would convert to emoticons so these are for you: 🙂 😉 🙂 😉 😉 🙂 😉 🙂 😉 🙁

      March 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • NanookoftheNorth

      No Derp, it makes him a GODLY NFL QB 😉

      March 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
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