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Tebow didn’t know he’d be on cover of GQ

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Unlike many media outlets covering the sport of football, we didn’t feel compelled to mention that Tuesday was Tim Tebow’s birthday (is it December already?), or that he appears on the cover of the new GQ magazine.

But then Tebow addressed the situation on Thursday (the GQ thing, not his birthday), saying he wasn’t aware he’d be on the cover.

“Honestly, I didn’t even know until — actually probably most of [you] knew that I was on there before I knew, so it kind of was a shocker for me,” Tebow said in comments to the media, which were transcribed and distributed by the team.  “It was something that I think I did maybe six years ago in college.  Honestly the first time I heard [it] was when we were in the cafeteria and it was on ESPN.  That’s when I found out, so it was kind of a shocker to me as well.”

It’s hardly obvious that the photos are outdated; the most controversial image appears to have Tebow in a crucifix pose, with the color dulled to the point where it creates the impression that the pants are Jet green and not Gator blue.

“Was I trying to do anything as far as the crucifix?” Tebow said.  “Absolutely not.  I mean, I don’t know — it was six years ago, I don’t even remember what I was doing, but I wasn’t trying to do anything like that though.”

The whole thing just seems odd.  Though GQ surely retained the rights to use the six-year-old photos (otherwise, Team Tebow already would have unleashed legal hell on the magazine, Reebok-style), GQ has created the false impression that it conducted a recent photo shoot with Tebow when the truth is it didn’t.  And the placement of his image on the cover implies that he was interviewed when the truth is he wasn’t.

The fact that GQ would bend reality just a bit (or more) demonstrates the power of Tebow.  That said, there will be plenty of Tebowmaniacs who may be disappointed that they purchased the magazine under somewhat false pretenses.

Unfortunately, many of them won’t be returning it because they will have ripped out the page with the crucifix photo and framed it as the centerpiece of a Jobu-esque shrine.

(Photo credit:  GQ.com)

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34 Responses to “Tebow didn’t know he’d be on cover of GQ”
  1. maddenisfordorks says: Aug 16, 2012 6:06 PM

    Someone needs to send a memo to the earth that Tebow sucks.

    This is like watching the Kardashians.

  2. ken49ers says: Aug 16, 2012 6:15 PM

    Nobody cares.

  3. niners816 says: Aug 16, 2012 6:24 PM

    Don’t care if it was 6 years ago or 6 days ago, dude still finds ways to win. Too bad he plays for the Jets.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 16, 2012 6:32 PM

    All the G.Q.ers want to know is, “Are those leather pants?”.

  5. jessefootball says: Aug 16, 2012 6:37 PM

    There are 2 covers: one is Tebow; the other is Cam Newton.

    Guess someone forgot that.

  6. patfanken says: Aug 16, 2012 6:37 PM

    In other words: The pot has seen the kettle, and it is black. lol

  7. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 16, 2012 6:43 PM

    Tebow should be forced to attend church for the 3 hours the Jets play on Sunday.

  8. nineroutsider says: Aug 16, 2012 6:49 PM

    Anyone else see that pic and think Buffalo Bill mirror scene?

  9. wordlysmith says: Aug 16, 2012 6:54 PM

    never before has a virgin ever graced the cover of GQ magazine. (I’m pretty sure that’s true)

  10. mancave001 says: Aug 16, 2012 6:58 PM

    Hehe. Tebow said “shocker.”

  11. purplehayseuss says: Aug 16, 2012 7:17 PM

    maddenisfordorks says: Aug 16, 2012 6:06 PM

    Someone needs to send a memo to the earth that Tebow sucks.

    This is like watching the Kardashians.

    ***
    I had a righteous sermonette all in place for this. But it isn’t worth it. Just putting Tebow and Kardashians together made me throw up a little.

  12. stevenfbrackett says: Aug 16, 2012 7:32 PM

    Oh, puh-leeze. Just like he ‘didn’t know taking my shirt off would get the photogs in a frenzy’ (and forget/deflect from my lousy practice.)

    The phony Oh Gosh! act is beyond thin at this point.

  13. pjgrannan says: Aug 16, 2012 7:35 PM

    If this is correct and he was paid for these photos while at Florida isn’t this an eligibility issue and a violation of NCAA rules by Florida ???? Was he ineligible due to NCAA violations and will the Downtown Athletic Club be requesting return of another Heisman trophy ??

  14. calij5619 says: Aug 16, 2012 7:42 PM

    Tebow don’t believe the hype.

  15. bluemist says: Aug 16, 2012 8:01 PM

    If this is correct and he was paid for these photos while at Florida isn’t this an eligibility issue and a violation of NCAA rules by Florida ???? Was he ineligible due to NCAA violations and will the Downtown Athletic Club be requesting return of another Heisman trophy ??

    It says GQ retained the rights to the photos; that doesn’t mean Tebow was paid.

  16. falstaffsmind says: Aug 16, 2012 8:03 PM

    Denver, why have you forsaken me?

  17. stonecoldsaidso says: Aug 16, 2012 8:05 PM

    It’s going to be funny if Tebow ever slips up. He’s setting himself for one heck of a fall from grace because the pedestal he’s keeps getting higher and higher…

  18. hedleykow says: Aug 16, 2012 8:06 PM

    This clown can’t figure out if he is the virgin mary or deep fried jesus on a stick.

  19. stairwayto7 says: Aug 16, 2012 8:06 PM

    Guess he thought hr was posing for Playgirl!

  20. EJ says: Aug 16, 2012 8:15 PM

    Tebow has the world by the balls and doesn’t use it to his advantage. How can you not like someone like that? A prov-en winner, his devotion to his team and teammates, wholesome attitude, clean image and the kid doesn’t rub it in the face of the world. Tebow is just downright A OK in my book. Its just too bad he is stuck behind Sanchez…. for the time being.

  21. lks311 says: Aug 16, 2012 8:18 PM

    Tebow says he didn’t know? Like in the card game, I call Bull****.

  22. retief1954 says: Aug 16, 2012 8:39 PM

    Gimme a break. I don’t care HOW “virtuous” the guy is… he poses, shirtless, for a photo spread?… where does he THINK the photos will end up??? ANY idea, Tim?

  23. dropkickbanana says: Aug 16, 2012 9:03 PM

    Tout Chet internet censorship…

  24. rickrock6661982 says: Aug 16, 2012 9:09 PM

    Man..why didn’t Adam Morrison get this type of attention when he was the 12th man for the Lakers?

    Being a bench scrub has it’s perks…

  25. randymachomansavage says: Aug 16, 2012 9:32 PM

    “Whaddaya mean, posing like I’m Jesus? I’m crossing my legs like this cause I gotta pee, and stretching my arms out to hold up invisible walls. Where’s my check?”
    Oh yeeeah.

  26. packhawk04 says: Aug 16, 2012 9:47 PM

    He didnt know?

    REALLY????

  27. mediasloppy says: Aug 16, 2012 11:08 PM

    It really doesn’t bother me, but anyone as religious as Tebow not knowing he was posing crucifix style beats common sense.

  28. pjgrannan says: Aug 16, 2012 11:11 PM

    bluemist says:
    Aug 16, 2012 8:01 PM
    If this is correct and he was paid for these photos while at Florida isn’t this an eligibility issue and a violation of NCAA rules by Florida ???? Was he ineligible due to NCAA violations and will the Downtown Athletic Club be requesting return of another Heisman trophy ??

    It says GQ retained the rights to the photos; that doesn’t mean Tebow was paid.

    bluemist – would you like to bet on that ? A potential cover shoot of a star athlete for GQ and you think he did not get paid !?!?

  29. randygnyc says: Aug 17, 2012 12:51 AM

    Didn’t the Nike swoosh give anyone a hint as to the age of the pics?

  30. torturedraiderfan says: Aug 17, 2012 7:20 AM

    I wanna like this guy, but he’s making it impossible. I though nothing could be gayer than the GQ pictures of Sanchez last year. I was wrong.

  31. omniusprime says: Aug 17, 2012 9:01 AM

    Teblow doesn’t know much does he? Maybe if he didn’t participate in so many off field distractions he could learn his NFL playbook. Plus how does Teblow square this sexy picture posing with his strict religious pose?

  32. r8rnuck says: Aug 17, 2012 1:23 PM

    Didn’t know y’all would be….

  33. traveye99 says: Aug 17, 2012 1:24 PM

    @randygnyc
    Actually Nike is making the NFL uniforms this year, so no that isn’t a giveaway as to the age of the photos.

  34. ohplease2011 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:02 PM

    That is such bull that he “didn’t know”.

    Actually though, he looks more like he’s trying out for Lord of the Dance.

    Will GQ be putting all other mediocre, clipboard holding quarterbacks on their covers?

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