Tebowmania Hits the Big Apple
By Ryan Wright
Photo courtesy of WashingtonPost.com
Tebowmania is officially headed to New York. The New York Jets acquired former Denver Broncos quarterback, who brought that team to the playoffs last season and became the NFL’s most talked about player, on March 21. Tebow was given a $6.2 million salary advance before the 2011 season by the Denver Broncos, in which $1.2 million was already given to Tebow according to ESPN. Tebow's contract required the Jets to repay the advanced salaries for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons, for a total of $5 million. Just a few weeks after "Linsanity" swept the area, “Timsanity” is the new talk of New York sports.
Students at Jamesville-DeWitt High School are fired up over Tebow’s move to the Jets. “I think it’s crazy, but I don’t think Tebow will do anything with the Jets. He will sit the bench,” said freshman Austin Philleo. “I’m glad he got traded, he beat my team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in the playoffs last season,” said junior Taylor-Rae Danforth. Sophomore Ryan Adelberg and junior Gorvdeep Singh believe that Tebow will take Sanchez’s spot at the quarterback position. “Mark Sanchez will be upset once he gets his job gets taken away; why do you think the Jets made the investment of getting Tebow, for him to sit on the bench?” said Adelberg. “I guarantee Tebow takes his spot by the first two games when Sanchez messes up,” said Singh. Junior Tamarus Howard has high hopes for Tebow. “No matter what team he goes to, he’s going to prove himself. He’s a big strong quarterback with lots of talent,” said Howard. Senior Brendon Schunk agrees with Howard on how Tebow will prove himself wherever he plays: “he’s going to prove himself in New York, and Sanchez may mess up with all the pressure on his shoulders.”
Lots of people respect Tebow because of the way he stands up for his convictions and morals. “He’s a leader, and will work hard to get his players going,” said Howard. “Not only is he a good player, but he’s a great person,” said Adelberg. “He does get a lot of media attention, but what I’ve seen in the media, it’s hard not to like the guy,” said freshman Cole Fowler. “I think it’s good to have a player like him in the NFL for kids to look up to,” said Schunk.
Some people disrespect him and believe he’s taking religion too far. “He does it not for religion, but for his trademark,” said junior Jackie Halpin. Maria Caffarelli agrees with Halpin: “he’s too religious, and needs to settle down.”
Tim Tebow comes into his third season in the NFL, as he was 25th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos out of Florida University. Tebow and the Gators won two National Championship during his 2006 and 2008 season. In his sophomore year, Tebow won the Heisman and became the first sophomore in college football ever to win the Heisman Trophy.
Now that Tebow’s with the Jets, you can make a thirty minute drive to go and watch him get ready for this year’s season at Jets training camp held at SUNY Cortland this summer.