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Goodell on Tebow: 'I hope he's part of the NFL moving forward'

Jets head coach Rex Ryan is introduced to

Jets head coach Rex Ryan is introduced to Dante Cano by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the field at MetLife Stadium before a game against the Dolphins. (Oct. 28, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

If you assumed NFL teams would have pounced on Tim Tebow in free agency, you thought wrong.

The quarterback has yet to sign anywhere following his release from the Jets on April 29. But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hoping Tebow remains a part of the league for years to come.

"He's a great young man," Goodell said, when asked during an NFL Network Q&A with Steve Wyche if it's "good to have" Tebow in the NFL.

"And I try to stay out of the decisions about who should be playing in the NFL and on what team. But as a young man, he's just a super young guy, and I sure hope he's part of the NFL going forward. He's just a terrific young man and represents all of the values that I think all of our players do. I'm very proud of our players. I think, as a group, they're extraordinary young men, and I love to see the things they're doing in the community. They're obviously great athletes on the field, but these are great young men, and Tim's a good example of that."

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