Tebow makes rounds on Denver radio Tuesday

By Adam Silverstein
May 4, 2010

Now that he has survived his first minicamp with the Denver Broncos, former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow is, according to a radio show producer, back in Tennessee working out until the team reconvenes in a few weeks. To keep Tebowmania going throughout Colorado, he called in to two radio talk shows Tuesday morning, each interview having to be pushed back because of a personal workout.

With Gary and Vic of ESPN 1600 waiting for him to call in at 7:40 a.m. (MDT), his publicist moved him back to 8:30 a.m., eliciting the following joking banter from the hosts during the commercial break: “Jesus has him at 8:00, Mary Magdalene has him at 8:15, and he’s building an orphanage at 8:20.” Upon his call-in about an hour later, they told a producer off the air to “start a conversation with him…talk about rosary beads or something.” However, before he went back-and-forth with Gary and Vic, Tebow spoke to the guys with The Score on AM 1510 at 8:20 a.m.

After the break are some notable quotes from his two radio appearances:

The Score on AM 1510:
» On if he feels any pressure following the legendary John Elway: “I don’t think so. I don’t think about it like that. I think when you are a quarterback in the NFL, there is going to be pressure on you – period.”

» Tebow said that, contrary to popular belief, he is working more on his footwork and body position in the pocket as opposed to his throwing motion.

» On spread quarterbacks adjusting to the NFL: “It’ll be an adjustment. But we do a lot out of the [shot]gun in Denver, too. It’s not just spread quarterbacks, you don’t know [how the adjustment will be] with any quarterbacks.”

» On if he has a chip on his shoulder from doubters: “I just use it all as motivation, I really do. […] It’s just going to push me that much more to try and accomplish my goals and be the best player that I can be.”

» On the reception he received from the other quarterbacks on the Broncos: “I have met two out of the three before. I think it’ll be a friendly atmosphere – we’ll go out there and compete every day and push each other to get better. At the end of the day, you’re on the same team competing for the same goal.”

» On if he feels any trepidation in expressing his religious views: “I don’t think it will ever be something that I am shy about saying or shy about telling people what I believe. I just think there is a best way to go about it – don’t be too forward with it to sound like you’re pushing. […] When I’m asked about it, I’m never shy about it, never shamed about it.”

» On if he was sure the Broncos would pick him: “To be honest, I wish I was convinced, because that would have taken more of the nerves away. I was hoping.”

Gary and Vic on ESPN 1600:
» On his normal morning workout: “I try to do a lot of different things. A lot of conditioning – getting used to the atmosphere there. […] I just enjoy training; I enjoy being able to go in there, work hard and get better.”

» On if it is true he benched 225 lbs. 32 times: “To be honest, I don’t know. I haven’t done it since my freshman year. I did it 28 times my freshman year. […] That’s the last time I’ve even come close to attempting 225.”

» On what parts of the combine matter besides throwing: “The two best things for a quarterback to be able to do are probably the pro shuttle and the three-cone. […] I think that shows agility and quickness that you need to have as a quarterback.”

» On when he expected to be picked before the combine: “You have no idea. Those people have no idea – they’re just paid to talk.”

» On head coach Josh McDaniels believing he can be a pocket passer: “That’s what I want to be. I want to be a pocket passer. I want to be someone that – if you took away my athletic ability – I could stay in the pocket and still be a successful quarterback.”

» On if he expected the Jacksonville Jaguars to draft him: “Through the process, after my Pro Day and after workouts, I didn’t ever workout for them or have too many conversations with them.”

» On if his new throwing motion is now second nature: “It’s become a habit. It’s something that has become natural. When I pick up the ball, that’s just where it goes – it doesn’t drop. […] Now it feels extremely comfortable.”

» On if ESPN analyst Jon Gruden was trying to nudge him: “I think he definitely throws some jabs out there and definitely gets intense, but he was awesome. That was a fun day – being able to go and talk football with him.”

» On if it is uncomfortable competing with Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn: “I think it is going to be a healthy, competitive relationship.”

» On if McDaniels plans to use him like the Gators coach Urban Meyer did in 2006: “I don’t know if Coach McDaniels has plans to do anything like that. I know whatever he asks me, I will do with all my heart.”

OGGOA will post links for the full audio interviews when they are made available.

One Comment

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks Adam.

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