Tebow speaks on Broncos, sponsorships, Meyer

By Adam Silverstein
February 21, 2011

Preparing for the release of his autobiography Through My Eyes while also trying to earn a starting job next season, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Gene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union. Particularly interesting portions of Frenette’s interview with the former Florida Gators star can be found below but you can read the entire thing by clicking here.

Even if Orton stays in Denver and the Broncos are willing to let you two duel for the starting job, do you feel you’re far enough along with your mechanics and understanding of the offense to win it?
“I feel that I’m definitely ready to compete for it. I’m excited for that challenge. I’ve worked extremely hard this offseason. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to lead this team and try to win games. I don’t feel like it’s even close from last year to where I am now. In fact, it’s not even close to where I am now from the end of last season. I’m much more prepared.”

How has the demands on your time from fans in Denver compare with what you dealt with at Florida?
“That’s a good question. At both places, they have wonderful, passionate fans. That’s one of the things I love about being a Bronco. There are different things I try to do now as far as fan interaction. At Florida, I was around them all the time going to classes. I don’t have to deal with that as much here, but I’m more involved with my foundation and the community. It always seemed like I’d have more time this offseason, but things fill up quickly. It’s training, growing my foundation or hanging out with my family. Those three things take up 95 percent of my time. That’s my life right now.”

You are either a pitchman for or have a working relationship with Nike, EA Sports, Jockey, FRS Healthy Energy drink and Palm Beach Autographs. How do you go about deciding which products to endorse and which to pass up?
“When something gets proposed to us, I run it through a multitude of counselors, where there is wisdom. I talk it over with my brother Robby, my business manager, Angel Gonzalez, my agent [Sexton], my parents and an uncle as well. I don’t rush into those decisions. I start by asking myself, ‘Do I use the product? Do I believe in it and what it stands for?’ For example, I started using FRS three or four times a day after my senior year in college because it was low calories, low sugar. It has a lot of antioxidants. I wasn’t getting a lot of sleep at that time, and I couldn’t get sick because I was training to get into the NFL. FRS helped me train hard because it would help my immune system. They saw me drinking it on TV at the NFL combine. That’s how it all got started. In every endorsement deal, I also talk to the companies about what they’re doing with kids. We put in the contract that I want them to be involved in my foundation to give back as well. I have that with every single one of them.”

Your coach at Florida, Urban Meyer, has settled in as an ESPN analyst. Do you think he can stay behind a microphone and, if not, how long will it be before you think he’s back on the sideline?
“I think he’s going to enjoy being behind a microphone for now. He loves having the time to hang out with his family, going to son Nate’s games. He really enjoys the analyzing part on television. Now I know he’s competitive. That urge creeps up on him every now and then. I think he’ll resist it for a little while. He will always have that burning desire to coach. When he comes back, I have no idea. I think he enjoys being a Dad and not having the stress of coaching a team.”

So here’s a chance for full disclosure. Are you a free agent on the dating scene, seeing one woman exclusively, or is this topic out of bounds?
“No, it’s not out of bounds. I can say I’m single. It hasn’t happened yet for me. Who knows? We’ll see.”

Photo Credit: Jeremy Cowart

4 Comments

  1. Mr2Bits says:

    Gotta love how TimmyT makes sure his sponsors are giving to his foundation and looking into children’s futures. Most only see dollar signs whether they like the product or not. I’d bet he would be willing to take a few less zero’s so long as the business gets involved in his business. Don;t find that very often these days.

  2. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Good interview, thanks for sharing it Adam.

  3. erng 'n blu says:

    Don’t know if anyone has noticed but the lead singer from Mumsford and Sons looks like he could pass for Timmy’s twin. My wife immediately became a fan of the group once she saw them perform on the Grammys because of that. I wonder if that guy has gotten any extra tail from the comparison?

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