It would be easy to imagine Tim Tebow getting on teammates’ nerves.
The attention. The crowds. The lack of conventional ability to throw a football.
Instead, his Jets teammates seem to love him, largely because he’s able to laugh at himself.
When the “shirtless Tebow running in the rain” became a thing Saturday (even landing him on the back cover of the Daily News) teammates were there to do what teammates do.
“Maybe it was holy water,” Bart Scott joked, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “How can you ever not accept somebody who has humility, who works hard, who’s a great teammate?”
Tebow showed his self-deprecating nature by peeling off his shirt in the meeting room for 30 minutes when teammates began giving him a hard time about the photos that went viral.
“Having Tim has been fantastic,” third-string quarterback Greg McElroy said. “He’s such a positive guy, he’s such a worker. It’s fun to see him. You hear all the stories about him, from college and the NFL, and now I finally get a chance to spend a little time with him.”
It’s good that he’s humble, because his play is apparently been less than divine. But as long as teammates aren’t aggravated by the sideshow, it might actually be an effective distraction from the normal circus that the Jets have become.