Former teammates defend Tebow

Published On November 18, 2012 | By Jill Saftel

Following the New York Daily News report in which Jets teammates ripped quarterback Tim Tebow, even calling him “terrible”, it turns out he does have some friends in the NFL.

His former teammates and Broncos players defended Tebow and reached out to him, according to Yardbarker.

Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas told Mike Klis of The Denver Post reached out to his former QB via text message.

“I was disappointed that players would say something like that about him in public,” said Thomas, a receiver who was taken with the No. 22 overall pick by the Broncos in the 2010 draft, three spots ahead of Tebow. “Because he didn’t do anything to anybody. I don’t know. … It was sad when I heard about it.”

Champ Bailey also had positive things to say about Tebow, calling him one of his favorite teammates – quite the compliment.

“He was one of my all-time favorite teammates,” Bailey said. “One of the best teammates I’ve ever had. Just because of the way he handled everything. It’s not easy being him. Still not, obviously. He might not be able to stand back there and throw that ball like some, but he plays with a lot of heart. You can’t knock a guy who tries that hard and puts that much into it.”

Speculation comes each week as to whether Tebow will see time as starting QB, but despite the Jets’ struggles no changes to the lineup have been made.

“Tell ya what, their situation is not a lot different from where we were last year,” Bailey said. “I’m not going to lie to you. He did rub off on people,” Bailey said. “He is an inspiring dude, and I think that’s why his fan base is so big. He’s passionate about everything he does.”

The Jets are struggling for success, with a 3-6 under Mark Sanchez in the starting QB spot, but it doesn’t look like Rex Ryan will be making a change any time soon.


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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.