After yesterday’s Tebowpalooza on the site, we owe you reaction from the man himself. He’s saying all the right things here but, the Jets being the Jets, there’s got to be a jackhole somewhere in the system angling to make him feel unwelcome. (Antonio Cromartie dismissed Tebow publicly on Twitter a day before the deal was even made.) Or even outside the system: In fine franchise tradition, even the greatest Jet of all — who’s been retired for decades — couldn’t resist backbiting while the trade was pending.
“I do not agree with this situation,” Namath said. “I can’t agree with it. I just think it’s a publicity stunt. I really think it’s wrong. I can’t go for it.”…
“I don’t think they know what they’re doing over there right now,” Namath said. “They give Sanchez a new contract, they pat him on the back and then they bring in two more quarterbacks.”…
“I think Sanchez should be angry about what’s taken place,” Namath said.
It really is outrageous that Jets fans will have to watch Tebow run the wildcat on third and four instead of Sanchez underthrowing an open receiver. Click the image below to listen to TT’s interview, though, and you’ll find that Sanchez himself has been more gracious about the new arrangement than Namath. The lingering question: Why on earth did Tebow choose the Jets over the Jaguars? According to John Elway, he was given a choice; even the New York sports pages can’t understand why he’d exile himself to football Siberia. He could have gone home to play in the sun in front of adoring crowds and instead he’ll be the gimmick option on an unlikable team that’s an NFL afterthought even in its own city. The only theory I’ve heard that kinda sorta makes sense is that Tebow’s always valued his fame chiefly for the platform it provides for his faith. If your goal is to spread the good news, then logically you’d want access to the country’s biggest media megaphone.
Speaking of which, the other young, exciting, Christian star in town is psyched to learn that his buddy will be playing just across the river. Who could have guessed two months ago that America’s new capital of evangelical sports heroics would be New York?
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