Speaking at his annual charity event in his hometown Friday night, Tebow offered little insight into his feelings about the Jets signing quarterback David Garrard or about the rampant speculation that his time in New York might be ending after one disappointing and unproductive season.
"It's nothing I can control, and like I've said ever since I was at Nease High School, I really try not to worry about what I can't control," Tebow said. "Just try to have the best attitude, have the best effort, a great work ethic, and so far, this offseason has been a lot of fun. Been my best yet."
Tebow went from being considered a key part of the Jets' offense to almost non-existent. Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano didn't know how to use Tebow effectively, and Tebow wasn't particularly productive when he got his few snaps in the Wildcat-style formation. He made his biggest mark on special teams as the personal punt protector and did all he could to hide his frustration at not playing.
The popular and polarizing player didn't even get a chance when Jets starter Mark Sanchez was benched for the first time in his NFL career. Instead of going with Tebow, the No. 2 quarterback on the Jets' depth chart, coach Rex Ryan went with third-stringer Greg McElroy.
Acquiring Tebow ultimately led to Sparano and Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum losing their jobs. And the one failed season clouded Tebow's NFL prospects. No matter what, though, he insists he's a quarterback.
"It's always been my dream, always will be," Tebow said, essentially nixing any thoughts about him switching to tight end, fullback or safety.
After the Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Gala & Golf Classic at TPC Sawgrass, Tebow will return to New York and join his teammates for offseason conditioning. The Jets' quarterback depth chart certainly is more crowded than ever, with the team bringing in Garrard to compete with Sanchez for the starting job. The Jets also have Tebow, McElroy and Matt Simms on the roster.
"Yeah, I'll be there Monday ready to work out and have a great attitude," Tebow said.
Tebow also downplayed the difficulty of the last few months, which included the signing of Garrard, his uncertain NFL future and even his hometown Jacksonville Jaguars publicly saying they have no interest in signing him even if he is released.
"It's been a great offseason," Tebow said. "I've had a great time."
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