Tim Tebow isn’t worrying about football future


Tim Tebow addressed the New York media last March 26. (Mike Stobe / Getty Images)

With far less attention than another speaking engagement has gotten recently, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow talked about his future Friday and Saturday.

Speaking Saturday night in Naples, Fla., Tebow noted that there’s some uncertainty about what awaits with the Jets but that he isn’t worrying about it.

“I may not know where I’m going next,” he said (via the Naples News), “but I know what’s guiding me.”

On Friday, Tebow addressed a crowd at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., that the university’s new service reported numbered “more than 10,000″ at a convocation that was closed to the public. The topic, as it usually with his offseason speaking engagements, was Tebow’s faith.

“There are a lot of people who are going to tell you that you can’t, that you shouldn’t, that you couldn’t,” Tebow said (via Liberty’s News Service). “Most of the time those are the people that didn’t, that couldn’t, that wouldn’t … But you can, because we serve a big God and your goals should be as big as the God we serve.”

Tebow added that “in the end, football is just a silly game. Greatness comes from serving.” He closed, Dave Menard wrote, with a football metaphor:

“You don’t know when you are in your fourth quarter. You don’t know how much time you have left,” Tebow said. “Are you ready? Are you willing to finish strong? Are you passionate about the gospel? Are you willing to not be average but to be an example? Are you going to be great? Are you going to serve others? And are you willing to finish strong?”

The Jets reportedly have been shopping Tebow, but Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Monday that he’d spoken with the backup quarterback for Mark Sanchez.

“We had a long discussion,” Mornhinweg said (via the New York Daily News). “He’s got my thoughts on the situation and he has some thoughts as well. If he’s on this football team, which he is right now, then I would do it a certain way and try to utilize all of our players that can help us win a football game.”

Mornhinweg wasn’t talking about using Tebow at any other position, as others have.

“First of all, he would be taking reps at quarterback and then some of his other skills could certainly help a football team,” Mornhinweg said. “What he did in Denver [leading the Broncos into the playoffs two seasons ago], that was something else. So, the man can play football. So, how do you utilize him would certainly be the key. So, he’s on our football team right now.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · March 11, 2013