While most of the U.S. population – excluding the state of Florida and the city of Denver, of course – suffers from a case of Tim Tebow-overload, the Broncos first-round QB pick already has inspired some of his teammates.
He hasn’t signed a contract yet and could hold out – not that it would damage his glorious image – but Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes that Tebow has made a good impression nonetheless.
"I sat down with him one day and I told him, 'I know they say you're not as talented, your arm's not as tremendous as his, but your work ethic reminds me so much of when I was with Peyton (Manning) in Indianapolis,’” LB Darrell Reid, who played for the Colts from 2005-08, told the paper. "I told him, 'I think you're going to do big things for us, and I can't wait to see you on the field.’”
When that occurs is anybody’s guess. No. 1, he’s not under contract. It’s unclear exactly when he’ll sign, though the team agreed to terms with second-round pick Zane Beadles on Tuesday night. It is clear, though, that Tebow won’t be happy to have to sit out practices because of negotiations. No. 2, he’ll still have to beat out starter Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn to win the right to get on the field as much as possible.
As coach Josh McDaniels told our own Will Brinson last week in “Five Questions (or more),” Tebow will have a role in the offense, even if he’s not the starter.
Tebow isn’t immediately hurting for money either. On Tuesday, he signed an endorsement deal to be the face of Jockey underwear. So, he’s got that going for him.
From Klis’ story:
But once he settles in for training camp, Tebow will not be characterized by his new set of professional teammates as a "love him or hate him" type of guy. There is no animosity for a guy who has earned his place on a pedestal, but goes about his business like he's fighting for the 53rd spot on the roster.
"Whether it's working on his throwing motion or in the weight room or running, he's almost always the last guy out of the building," Reid said. "He's a very humble kid, and he's a proven winner who will do whatever it takes. That's why we love him."
The Broncos rookies and injured starters report to camp today. The veterans don’t arrive until Sunday. It’ll be hoped that Tebow is ready is to practice by the end of the weekend.
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