Tebow still getting starter-type attention

The legend of Tim Tebow grows with each passing day. The NFL's most lauded backup quarterback is in the midst of a media firestorm in New York. During his first few days tuning up at the Jets practice facility, Tebow's teammates can already sense his leadership shining through.

A crowd of more than two dozen people jockeyed for position by the backup quarterback's locker while nobody at all milled about the starting quarterback's locker. Only in New York-or, more accurately, only in Florham Park.

The media frenzy surrounding Tim Tebow continued last week, when the backup quarterback (for now?) was made available for comment for the first time during the Jets' offseason activities at the team facility in New Jersey. This press conference didn't match the magnitude of his first meeting with the New York-area media March 26, when Tebow spoke in front of more than 200 people at the Jets' field house.

But still: For a backup quarterback, this was a pretty unusual occurrence.

"This is kind of the first time I've had to talk to y'all, so it's not really exhausting at all," Tebow told reporters last Thursday (May 17). "I think it's more if you let it become exhausting. I really don't."

Neither he nor starter Mark Sanchez sounded exhausted by the questions about their job status and their relationship. But then again, as Sanchez said: "It's only May."

For now, both are saying all the right things about teamwork, how the Jets plan Tebow to play a variety of roles on offense and the pecking order of the depth chart-Sanchez did speak to the media first last Thursday. But the questions will only increase once training camp begins and the clamor for Tebow to replace Sanchez may begin as soon as Sanchez throws his first interception in preseason play,

"I think it's fair to say that I always want to be my best, as good as I can possibly be and push myself to the limits," Tebow said.

"I hope every backup quarterback wants the job of the starter," Sanchez said. "That's the way you have to prepare. I've been in those shoes in college: Anticipating the game, studying like I'm the starter and then getting to the game and not playing.

"Fortunately for Tim, he has the ability to do other things, That's why he's on board. He's a backup quarterback first and then he'll do plenty of other stuff."

Including, apparently, eat lunch in a more inspiring fashion than anyone else in the Jets' locker room. All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis raved about the passion Tebow exuded while the duo had lunch this week.

"I just think the passion, it's the passion within, of him wanting to be a leader, wanting to win," Revis told reporters. "You see it all the time-eating lunch you see it. Walking down the hallway you see it.

"He's into stuff, like when you're talking to him, he's like 'Yeah!' I'm like 'All right buddy, we're not competing.' Nah, he's very passionate. When he talks about things and during conversations, he's really into it."


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