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. Sue

    he seems like a good guy, and a great role model for young kids. Good for him, I wish him well. I have to say though,,, GO BRADY GO!!!!!

    March 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Leo

    Tebow is an awesome person and sometimes an exciting QB. I hope his game comes along and silences the critics. I'll be watching more Jets ball this season!

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

    Every Sunday's ball game will start with a Tebow, down on those knees and praying to God to give them all a winning Sunday. None of that unnecessary cussin!

    March 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. buffalo

    Maybe the Jets should switch him to a running back since he's so used to scrambling around. Just don't let him do that awful "passing" thing he does.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. robert frost

    Can't stand the bible thumper!

    March 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • scranton

      This is easy. Ignore him.

      March 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PhilTruth

    Let Tebow be Tebow. The rest will come.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. robert frost

    God doesn't need anyone to praise him. It's the Kristian Taliban who needs to exert their aggression.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Big Al now the Jets will have two benchwarmers fighting for the starting QB job, lol!

    March 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tebow

    Tebow's prayer show won't cut in in NY if he continues to be a mediocre quarter back.

    March 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fr33th1n3r

    Why are they stil talking about this guy? His 15 minutes of fame was up about two years ago.... He is a bigtime Christian who lives on reputation as an NFL QB....nothing more, nothing less. Hardly newsworthy.

    March 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. M Houston

    Looks to me like Tebow will be glad to play anywhere. He may or may not help the Jets much, but I don't think the Jets
    are capable of "helping" him very much...But then he seems to think he's got all the help he'll ever need somewhere in
    the great Up There...

    March 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. I believe in Tebow!

    And, you should, too!

    March 27, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      I believe in the Easter Bunny. He has a better completion percentage.

      March 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. katahdin

    If Tebow plays well, NY will love him. If he doesn't he will become "dat bum."

    March 27, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. EPAB

    " most likable guy to ever play in NFL" You are joking, right??? He may well be the most polarizing guy to ever play in the NFL. I tune in to the games to watch FOOTBALL, not some pretentious a..h..e pray..

    March 27, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. EPAB

    Maybe if he spent more time studying his playbook instead of his bible he'd actually improve his mediocre quarterback play.

    March 27, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • ArchieDeBUnker

      Maybe if you spent more time reading the Bible and less time hating on Christianity you would realize that football is WAY DOWN on the list of things that are really important in life.

      March 27, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
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