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It’s not often the signing of a third-string quarterback makes headlines, but Tim Tebow isn’t your average third-string quarterback. Arguably the most polarizing athlete in all of sports, the former Florida Gator has inked a two-year deal with the New England Patriots.
Tebow played for the New York Jets last season, but rarely hit the field — despite the fact that starter Mark Sanchez was pulled toward the end of the year. Head Coach Rex Ryan instead went with backup Greg McElroy and the writing was on the wall for Tebow’s time in the Big Apple.
Prior to his lone season in New York, Tebow famously led the Denver Broncos to a playoff run in 2011, picking up a postseason win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wildcard Round before losing to his new team in New England.
Tebow was a first-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. In three seasons, he has accumulated 2,422 yards passing with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Why exactly does Tebow stir up such emotional reactions from football fans? There are two primary reasons that have really shaped his career to this point. One, he proudly wears his Christian faith on his sleeve, which is not for any of us to judge. Two, saying that he’s not your traditional drop-back pass quarterback would be an understatement. There doesn’t seem to be much of a middle ground with Tebow; people seem to either love him or outright dislike hime. Last Month, Forbes Magazine named Tebow 2013’s Most Influential Athlete.
Now, Tebow heads to Foxborough, where he’ll play for legendary coach Bill Belichick and will reunite with Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels, who drafted Tebow as the head coach of the Broncos in 2010. Unlike his stops in Denver and New York, there will be no quarterback controversy for Tebow in New England. Tom Brady is one of the best to ever play the position and he’s almost automatic in goal-line situations.
When asked which position Tebow would play at a press conference today, Coach Belichick simply stated, “We’ll do whatever is best for our football team.” There has been some speculation that Tebow could line up at running back, tight end and possibly play a little special teams.
What do you think of the Patriots signing Tebow? Will it mean very little long-term or will Tebow contribute to wins this season? Share your thoughts with us below.
Have a young Tebow fan at home? You can gear your little one up in Tim’s signature Nike Alpha T15 Shark BG cleat today.
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Just when you thought the Tim Tebow phenomenon couldn’t grow any larger, an offseason trade sent him from the mountainous terrain of Denver, Colorado to the bright lights of New York City, where he’ll back up Mark Sanchez as the quarterback of the New York Jets. For J-E-T-S fans looking to show support for the newest star on Broadway, Nike has released two shirts representing the former Heisman Trophy winner. First is the “In The City” tee, which comes in Fir Green and reads “Tebow In The City” across the chest. Additionally, there’s the “Helmet” shirt, a white-based style that surrounds the Jets’ on-field headgear with the words “NY” and “Tebow.”
These NFL T-Shirts and much more are available now at Eastbay.
Tim Tebow takes the field for his much anticipated start back in the state of Florida.
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It figured to be an eventful day for Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who made his first start of the season on a Sunday where he and his old Florida Gator teammates were also being honored at halftime in the opponents’ home stadium. Arguably the most polarizing figure in sports today, all eyes were on the highly-scrutinized hurler as we took the first step to learning whether or not he’d be the Broncos’ quarterback of the future. The results were inconclusive, but extremely entertaining nonetheless.
For the first 55 minutes of the game, the Denver offense was completely ineffective, with Tebow repeatedly under pressure and missing open receivers with bad throws. The Broncos trailed 15-0 with a little more than 5 minutes to play in the game and appeared to be heading for a tough week of criticism. Then, that all-too familiar feeling of Tebow leading a late-game charge made its presence felt.
Finally hitting his receivers, Tebow lead an 80-yard scoring drive that included a 42-yard strike to receiver Matt Willis. The drive concluded with a 5-yard pass to receiver Demaryius Thomas, who was playing in his first game since suffering an Achilles injury last season. After kicker Matt Prater successfully converted the extra point, the Broncos lined up for an onside kick, which was recovered by Denver tight end Virgil Green.
With the Broncos starting on their own 44, Tebow took charge once again, this time making tight end Daniel Fells his primary target. A 28-yard pass to Fells set the Broncos up on the 3-yard line, where Tebow found him once again for a touchdown. Tebow ran for a two-point conversion to tie the game at 15 and send it into overtime. In the extra frame, a D.J. Williams sack-and-strip of Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore set Prater up to kick a game-winning 52-yard field goal. Tebow didn’t exactly look like the next Tom Brady, but he sure found a way to win like him.
Also in early Sunday games, the Chicago Bears bested the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London by a score of 24-18; the Cam Newton and Steve Smith connection was effective once again as the Carolina Panthers beat the Washington Redskins 33-20; the Atlanta Falcons handed the Detroit Lions their second-straight loss with a 23-16 victory at Ford Field; Browns kicker Phil Dawson’s two 50+ yard field goals proved to be the difference in Cleveland’s 6-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks; the San Diego Chargers outscored the New York Jets 17-0 in the second half to pull off a 27-21 comeback victory; and Matt Schaub’s Houston Texans destroyed the Tennessee Titans by a score of 41-7.
Read on below to see some of the football cleats worn in these early Week 7 games in today’s NFL Watch.
Tim Tebow avoids a tackler in the Nike Zoom Alpha Talon.
Willis McGahee runs in the adidas Malice D.
Cam Newton strikes a Heisman pose while running in Highlight CompFit Under Armour football cleats.
Steve Smith runs after making a catch in NFL U-Form 4Speed Mid M4 Reebok football cleats.
Mohamed Massaquoi dives for a first down in the Nike Alpha Speed.
Roddy White runs after making a catch in the Reebok NFL U-Form 4Speed Mid SD4.
Darelle Revis celebrated another interception in the Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly.
Roy Williams and Matt Forte had touchdowns for the Chicago Bears in London, both wearing the Nike Super Speed D 3/4.
Matt Schaub tries to locate a receiver in a Breast Cancer Awareness colorway of Air LT Superbad Nike football cleats.
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The NFL pre-season is nearing its end with just a little over a week until the regular season begins. While the teams are putting the final touches on their rosters and making their final cuts, it’s time to grab your fan gear from Eastbay’s NFL Collection and prepare to make room in your Sunday schedules.
This pre-season preview gives us a look at cleats from adidas, Nike, Reebok and Under Armour on some of the leagues stars. Check them out below and let us know your favorite of the week.
Reggie Bush in the adidas adiZero Scorch Mid.
Michael Bush gets tackled wearing Reebok U-Form cleats.
Jay Cutler prepares to pass wearing the Nike Air Superbad.
Javon Walker with a nice catch wearing the Nike Zoom Vapor Fly TD.
Jake Delhomme throws wearing the Nike Super Speed.
Jarett Dillard wearing the Nike Super Speed.
Gary Barnidge protects the ball wearing the Under Armour Nitro II.
Jahvid Best wearing the Nike Super Speed.
Alex Smith wearing the Nike Hyperdunk cleat.
Earnest Graham makes a catch wearing the Nike Superbad.
Brandon Marshall wearing a Reebok U-Form Player Exclusive.
Eli Manning throws wearing the Reebok Workhorse.
Tim Tebow wearing the Nike Super Speed.
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EA Sports and Nike created a special makeup of the Nike Trainer 1.2 for former Florida Gator Tim Tebow. Tebow was chosen for the cover of EA’s NCAA Football 11 and to commemorate the honor, a Gators inspired colorway with Tim Tebow specific detailing and NCAA 11 labeling was created.
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