Florida quarterback Tim Tebow hopes that a year from now he’ll be NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.
But he’s willing to play fullback or tight end or safety or whatever other position his future NFL team tells him to play.
Tebow said in an interview on ESPN today that he would like the chance to prove himself as a quarterback at the next level. But if the team that drafts him thinks he lacks the passing accuracy to make the transition to a pro-style offense, he’ll accept that.
“My goal is to play quarterback,” Tebow said. “I’m going to do whatever it takes and work as hard as I possibly can to be a quarterback. If I’m on a team and they want me to go play another position and that’s what they tell me to do, I will gladly go play another position with my whole heart and do it to the best of my ability. But my goal is to be a quarterback and I’m going to do whatever it takes to try to reach that goal.”
That’s the right way for Tebow to answer the question: He’d obviously prefer to continue playing the position he’s always played, but he’d be foolish to try to dictate the terms of his future NFL career to the teams that are considering drafting him.
Tebow also offered the right answer when asked about Florida Governor Charlie Crist opining that the Jacksonville Jaguars should draft him: Tebow said he was flattered, but he seemed hesitant about stepping into anything political.
“I haven’t heard too much about it, but it is an honor for them to even look at me and consider me and for him to even bring my name up,” Tebow said. “It’s an honor to play in my home town and have people that would want me really means a lot and is very special for me.”
It’s still subject to debate whether Tebow has the tools to be a pro passer. But there’s no question that he answers questions about his draft prospects like a pro.