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Tebow excited, thankful to be a Jet
Tim Tebow couldn't be more pleased he's bringing his talents to New York.
“I’m very thankful for the the opportunity to be a Jet," Tebow said on a late-night conference call Wednesday night. "I’m looking forward to my time, getting in there and meeting every one. I’ve had the opportunity and privilege of meeting several of them already and you’re getting to be a part of their team.
"I’m very thankful for the opportunity to play for such a great organization. I’m extremely passionate to help them out and try to help the team and just be a part of it. I’m very thankful for this opportunity. I’m thankful that they believe in me and stuck with me throughout this whole crazy process. But it’s exciting and I’m excited to be a Jet.”
Tebow, acquired from the Broncos with a seventh-round pick in exchange for fourth- and sixth-rounders, said the decision on whether to come to the Jets or go to the Jaguars wasn't his. When rumblings the trade was finally going to go through after it hit a snag earlier in the day increased Wednesday night, ESPN reported Tebow was given the choice to select the team he preferred to play for.
Jacksonville entered the picture once the Jets were haggling over the amount of $5 million they owed the Broncos due to a clause in Tebow's contract that stipulated any team that acquires him must repay part of his salary that was advanced.
"Ultimately, I didn’t have any [say] because the Broncos had all that power and they were very gracious," Tebow said. "They were talking to my agent pretty much all day. I got to speak with Coach [John] Fox a few times, really not because the trade. In talking to me, he wished me the best, which I’m very thankful for, very classy in everything that he did."
Tebow had to sit tight all day until things truly got officially wrapped up around 9 p.m.
"I was just kind of waiting," he said. "I was kind of like everyone else. It was an interesting day, getting up this morning and kind of hearing that it was finalized about the Jets. I was excited about that, then hearing that there were some issues with it, a little back and forth. But I’m excited to be a Jet at the end of the day, it’s exciting.
"My calls and my conversations with Mr. [Woody} Johnson and Mr. [Mike] Tannenbaum and Coach [Rex] Ryan were just great. I’m so looking forward to seeing them soon and getting the playbook and starting to learn the offense."
An offense that will try to utilize Tebow's strengths, which is running the Wildcat and option.
"I’m very excited about my opportunity and it’s very clear," Tebow said. "They want me to come in and compete, and get better and get better as a quarterback and help the team in any way possible. Whatever that role is, whatever that fashion is, I will do my best.
"Every time I step on that field, I give my heart and soul. I had the opportunity to talk to Mark [Sanchez] today. I had a great conversation with him and we have been blessed to be friends for the last several years. I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time with him and I’m very thankful to be a Jet."
Still, it wasn't easy for Tebow to watch the Peyton Manning Sweepstakes, knowing his time in Denver was in jeopardy if they landed the four-time MVP quarterback, which they officially did Tuesday.
"It’s been just waiting and seeing, and figuring out what’s going to happen, and where I’m going to be playing football," Tebow said. "Through the whole time, the Broncos have been [great] throughout this whole process. I’m very thankful to end up with a great organization like the Jets with a great coach like Coach Ryan, a coach that I would love to play for. Ever since I saw [HBO’s] 'Hard Knocks,' he just seemed like a coach that loves the game of football, is passionate about the game of football.
"He’s definitely a player’s coach. I just love that about him. My opportunities to meet him in person and talk to him, I feel like we have a lot in common. It’s just our passion our love for the game and I’m very excited about the opportunity."