I will say this again. This is WACK. I’m not a Tebow fan, but to put him on blast and not put your name on it is wrong. #PowderSoft #Mushy
New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow acknowledged there is some frustration and sadness after mostly anonymous teammates and organization members ripped him in a published story Wednesday.
“I think some frustration and I guess some sadness,” Tebow said when asked how he felt. “It’s never fun to hear criticism, but at the same time, it’s something I’ve always used as motivation, and you try to get stronger from it. That’s how I approach it. I always find the good and the positive from every situation. The positive from this is (I’ve) got to work a little bit harder and improve and build better relationships with your teammates.”
Some teammates and organization members criticized Tebow in a New York Daily News article, with one defensive starter calling him “terrible,” and the overriding sentiment being that the backup would not be the answer for the team at quarterback. Only two players are quoted by name in the story, guard Matt Slauson and defensive end Mike DeVito, with Slauson saying Tebow is an “athlete.”
“I’ve heard criticism my whole life playing football. You try to do your best at handling it,” Tebow said. “Understanding on one side you just try to make it motivate you, but at the same time, it always has somewhat of an effect on you. You’re human and it’s not always fun to have people say negative things about you, but you try to be stronger from it. It always has made me stronger in the past and it will continue to be.”
While it may not appear that way based on his teammates’ quotes, Tebow said he believes he has a great relationship with a lot of the players in the locker room and appreciates them all. He said it’s an ongoing process of trying to work with the team and build those bonds, but added that his teammates and coaches have been very supportive of him in light of the negative remarks.
“You can’t control a lot of things,” Tebow said. “This is something I can’t control, but I can control my attitude, my effort and my work ethic. Those are things that never change regardless what anyone says.”