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Boomer, Namath rip Tebow trade
CORTLAND – Less than a week after President Barack Obama voiced his concern over the trade for Tim Tebow, former Jets quarterbacks Boomer Esiason and Joe Namath took their own shots at the team’s backup quarterback.
“It’s not in any way, shape or form, I think, benefiting this team,” Esiason said Monday of the Tebow acquisition on his morning radio show.
Esiason, a left-handed and four-time Pro Bowl quarterback in his day, said Tebow has no place on the Jets, given the media attention he draws and the potential for a future quarterback controversy.
“All you have to do is watch him throw the ball,” Esiason said, referring to Tebow’s often wobbly mechanics. “…I just think this whole thing, at least from my perspective right now in relation to who Mark Sanchez is – your starting quarterback – is a major mistake.”
Namath, a Hall of Famer and Jets’ Super Bowl III champion, has waffled in his stance on the Tebow trade. But while in Canton this past weekend for the Hall of Fame ceremonies, the face of the Jets’ franchise was asked again about Tebow – and this time Namath didn’t mince words.
“I really believe, going back to Day 1, it’s the greatest publicity stunt the Jets could have pulled,” he said of the March trade for Tebow. “Now, if they can utilize him, it’s a major positive. He’s a positive in the locker room, he’s a positive with the players. Tebow’s a sensational guy. Now, how much playing quarterback he’s going to do remains to be seen.”
Tebow, not surprisingly, took the high-road when asked about Esiason’s comments.
“I’ve heard nothing but great things about Mr. Esiason,” he said. “I know he was a great player here, and I just wish him nothing but the best in his announcing and God bless him.”