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Tim Tebow 'shocked' at GQ spread

Tim Tebow on the September 2012 issue of

Tim Tebow on the September 2012 issue of GQ Magazine. Credit: Handout

CORTLAND – Tim Tebow’s GQ spread apparently was news to him.

The Jets backup quarterback said he was unaware that the men’s magazine had run a cover story, despite not having talked to Tim this entire offseason.

“Honestly, I didn’t even know until – actually, probably most of you knew that I was on there before I knew. So it kind of was a shocker for me,” he said. “It was something that I think I did maybe six years ago in college. Honestly the first time I heard (it) was when we were in the cafeteria and it was on ESPN. That’s when I found out.”

According to a team spokesman, GQ had reached out to Tebow earlier in the offseason for a sitdown interview, but he declined. But the magazine went ahead and ran a cover story on him and used old photos from his college days at Florida.

On of those pictures – which shows Tebow standing with his arms out to his sides -- drew criticisms for its suggestion of the crucifixion.

Tebow, a devout Christian, said he doesn’t even remember taking the photo.

“Was I trying to do anything as far as the crucifix? Absolutely not,” he said. “I mean, I don’t know – it was six years ago. I don’t even remember what I was doing, but I wasn’t trying to do anything like that though.” 

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