Tebow a Winner? Robert Kraft thinks so
Many of the words thrown around with Tim Tebow’s name in the offseason may have been “drama, “media baggage,” or “overrated.” Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft has a new one though to define the Patriots’ newly signed quarterback: winner.
Yep that’s right, Kraft has defined Tebow as a winner as the Patriots hope to rebound off of last year’s disappointing end to the season. With Tebow backing up star QB Tom Brady the Pats may just have what it takes as they now have two aces in the hole, according to Kraft at least.
While Tebow got a lot of flack from the media, Kraft sees many of the things cast as detriments to Tebow’s success as agents to his potential as an athlete. It was no mystery why Tebow was signed to the Patriots as Kraft sees a great deal in the rising star. For Kraft though it is Tebow’s attitude that sets him apart, not just his talent.
“Whenever you can get a competitive, first-grade person to join your team, you never know what happens.” Kraft said. “But for me personally, having Tim Tebow on this team, he’s someone who believes in spirituality, he’s very competitive and works hard, and has a great attitude, and he’s a winner.”
It is easy to label Brady or Rob Gronkowski as winners due to their sheer talent, but Kraft makes a good point: winning is just as much about attitude as it is ability. Looking at how Tebow led the Broncos to a surprising success story two years ago shows how much he can energize and inspire a team, and of course win.
“I think he’s hard-working and he’s very cooperative. I don’t think there’s any coach who wouldn’t like to have a team full of people like he is.” Kraft said. “So like Brady, who goes out there and works hard, or Vince Wilfork or Jerod Mayo. They come in, they work hard, they prepare hard and they’re all business. You can’t get enough people like that on your team, so we’re honored that he’s with us.”
Kraft has set the bar pretty high for Tebow; only time will tell if he can reach the expectations set for him. Expect to see a fair amount of Tebow though; the Patriots didn’t just sign him because it is a media boost, they signed him because they want him to play.