The same day Patriots coach Bill Belichickdefended Tebow's oft-criticized throwing mechanics, Hernandez, who won a BCS national championship with the quarterback at the University of Florida in 2008, spoke to what has made his former teammate successful in the NFL.
"He keeps plays alive, and he's winning," Hernandez said Wednesday according to the Boston Herald, calling Tebow "a leader."
"He brought a lot of energy to the game," Hernandez said. "When someone has energy, you take from it. ...
"We were good friends, as well."
Tebow had good things to say in return, telling the Herald that Hernandez "makes any quarterback he's with look a lot better."
"He's a phenomenal player, one of those guys when you need competitive excellence and you need someone to step up and make a big play, he's always ready and willing," Tebow said. "I'm just proud of him for what he's done as an NFL player and what he did with me at Florida."
"They're different people," Hernandez said. "You can't compare them, but both are great leaders."