Tim Tebow Hates Being Called Quitter, Bad Teammate
Jets quarterback says he never told coach Rex Ryan he wanted out of Wildcat package
Tim Tebow is upset and disappointed about some of the things people have been saying these past few days, after word got out that he had informed coach Rex Ryan that he wanted out of the New York Jets’ Wildcat package.He never said those things, he told reporters at his locker after the Jets’ practice at the Atlantic Health Training Center.
At the same time, while he rarely takes the time out to address all those rumors about him out there, either about him as a football player or related to his personal life, when it comes to being called a quitter or a lousy teammate, he draws the line.
“When people are talking about how you play football or how much, that’s one thing, it really doesn’t bother me. I think the only thing that has been disappointing for me these last few days, and frustrating, is the people saying, ‘Oh, you quit on the team’ or ‘You’re not a good teammate’,” Tebow said.
“I think that’s disappointing. You ask the people that I’ve played with, and I take a lot of pride in that, you ask the people that I’ve played with, my teammates, the people around me, and they know I’ll do anything for my teammates. I would go out there and play my heart out, be the first one at practice, the last one to leave, do whatever I can for my teammates,” he added.
Tebow explained that it was all the more frustrating to hear these remarks coming from people he knew for a fact had very little knowledge of him.
They never stop to think about the kind of damage they might be doing with saying these things.
“For people to not know the situation and loathe something, then start to bash your character, and say, ‘You’re phony’ or ‘You’re fake’ or ‘You’re a hypocrite,’ I think that’s what’s disappointing and that’s what’s frustrating because it’s a football game,” Tebow said.
“That’s one thing, if you’re good or bad at football, but your character, your integrity, that’s who you are as a man, and that’s a lot more important. I think that’s what’s disappointing for me and frustrating because I take that way more seriously than I’ll ever take a football game,” he added.
If it’s any consolation, actor Josh Duhamel from “Transformers” believes Tim. Duhamel took to his Twitter to bash ESPN analyst Merril Hoge for going on an anti-Tebow rant.