It was a year ago today that a picture of Tim Tebow playing golf garnered attention across America because Tebow’s arms looked like those of a bodybuilder, not a quarterback. Tebow has changed teams since then, but he’s as strong as ever.
Jets coach Rex Ryan was asked about Tebow’s intangibles after Thursday’s Organized Team Activity, and Ryan responded by talking about Tebow’s feats of strength.
“Let me give you a little story about Tim,” Ryan said. “I saw this in the weight room. A player had challenged him, holding these big huge sledgehammers. They held them doing this big iron cross kind of deal. The big lineman went first. [Tebow] said you want to go first or second. The big lineman said he’d go first. He went for about a 1:04, shaking. Tim went for 1:18. This guy is crazy with how strong he is and the kind of focus [he has]. I see that from him. He’s super competitive.”
It’s great that Tebow competes in the weight room, but does that really make much of a difference on the field? Ryan says it absolutely does. And although some would say Tebow relies too much on his strength and athleticism as a runner and still hasn’t learned to be an NFL passer, Ryan likes the way Tebow approaches the quarterback position.
“You can be in a team deal, he sees cover five, which is two-man, he’s back there and you’d like to see him throw the football, he’s going to run it,” Ryan said. “If he sees two-man, guess what? He’s going to run it anyway. You see some of that in him. He’s done some things in some previous practices, where it’s like, wow, that’s a football player.”
Ryan said it can be frustrating during practices for the Jets’ defense that Tebow does things, as Troy Polamalu says, that shouldn’t work in the NFL. But Ryan supports Tebow completely.
“The defense will start chirping about him, ‘Come on. Throw the ball, stand back and throw the ball,'” Ryan said. “Why? If he sees two-man, he’s running with it. Someone better go out there and make a tackle. I think everyone sees Tim for what he is. He’s a super competitive guy and a good teammate. I’ve noticed he’s always building guys up. By the way, he’s a talented kid, or young man.”
Tebow’s talent for holding up a heavy sledgehammer is a neat trick in the weight room. It remains to be seen whether he has the talent to succeed as a quarterback on the football field.