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Tebow could be a Rudy in New England

So what do the Patriots plan to do with quarterback Tim Tebow?  Our buddy Tom Curran of CSN New England joined PFT Live on Tuesday to discuss the topic.

One possibility, as postulated by Curran, is that coach Bill Belichick wants the other players on the team to witness Tebow’s drive, dedication, and heart, in the hopes they’ll increase their own.

In other words, Tebow could be New England’s version of Rudy.

If so, Tebow faces similar odds of making the team — and of actually suiting up and playing in a game.  Don’t count on many members of the team lining up and dropping their jerseys on Belichick’s desk to make it happen.

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46 Responses to “Tebow could be a Rudy in New England”
  1. jakec4 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:38 PM

    Even the coach in Rudy knew that you can’t give a precious roster spot to a good guy who isn’t really a real player.

  2. hifive123 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:39 PM

    Yeah, but Michael Silver is never wrong.

  3. huskerd says: Jun 11, 2013 10:40 PM

    Tebow has more talent than Rudy, what a stupid comparison, will your hated of Tebow ever end??

  4. thehuckster404 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:41 PM

    I kinda thought that role was already being played by Danny Woodhead.

  5. detroitsports1234 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:42 PM

    Rudy Rudy Rudy!!!!

  6. shadowcell says: Jun 11, 2013 10:47 PM

    You mean the team that’s consistently in the playoffs year in, year out, and has for a head coach probably the only man on this planet who can actually shoot lightning out of his fingertips like the Emperor in Star Wars, needs *more* motivation?

  7. comatrip1 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:50 PM

    They’re picking his brain about the Jets offense. How does nobody see this? It’s very common for an in division team to temporarily sign rival castoffs only to cut them soon after.

  8. ppc50 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:51 PM

    So you are comparing a QB who won the Heisman, won NCAA Championships, had a winning record and a playoff win with Denver against a character who’s story was exaggerated for a movie? Makes no sense.

  9. eviltwin007 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:51 PM

    Are you out of your god*amn mind? Please don’t insult me by this comparison.

  10. thejabronisayz says: Jun 11, 2013 10:54 PM


    You do realize that coach devine’s portrayal in Rudy was a complete manifestation of the director “Hollywood”ing the movie and that it didn’t depict the truth right? That jersey scene never happened. Criticize Tebow all you want but at least don’t be ignorant of the facts when doing so.

  11. firestarter0728 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:55 PM

    Rudy vs. Tebow in a Punt, Pass, & Kick contest.

    The prize: being the third-string QB for one year on a real, live NFL team!

  12. tfbuckfutter says: Jun 11, 2013 10:55 PM

    Wait….so the inspiration is supposed to be “Work your hardest and even if you fail you can inspire other people who are better than you to do their job better thus rendering you even more unlikely to earn your way onto the field doing what you want to do”?

    Talk about the ultimate team player. That’s like being the cashier at Wal-Mart who has to help train customers to use the Automated Check-Out, which is the same as actively working to make themselves obsolete.

  13. titknocker says: Jun 11, 2013 11:00 PM

    Woodhead signed w/ the Chargers

  14. jaredo10 says: Jun 11, 2013 11:02 PM

    come on coach put him out there.. tebow tebow tebow. and then he rushs for a yard gain and the placr goes wild.. haha it will happen

  15. brianjoates says: Jun 11, 2013 11:04 PM

    Tebow just needs to get laid and he will be able to think clearly and realistically about his NFL future.

  16. dyhard32 says: Jun 11, 2013 11:10 PM

    he does not belong in the NFL get him out of here. i am sick of this guy

  17. twayward says: Jun 11, 2013 11:11 PM

    Rudy + Pats fans boos = BOOOOdy

  18. dylanssongwriter says: Jun 11, 2013 11:13 PM

    Well, much like the real Rudy, Tim Tebow is a fraud.

  19. thetrashjuice says: Jun 11, 2013 11:14 PM

    I hate the Media’s coverage of Tebow more than Tim Tebow. SHUT UP!

  20. jkulha86 says: Jun 11, 2013 11:18 PM

    Do we need 3 stories a day about a 3rd string QB?

  21. i10east says: Jun 11, 2013 11:33 PM

    Touchdown Jesus!!!

  22. theawkwardyears says: Jun 11, 2013 11:34 PM

    I have the scoop on a Huge story regarding a former Heisman winning Florida Gator and NFL bust that actually could throw… Danny Wuerffel was seen purchasing a Wetzels Pretzel last night at the mall. (Still a better story than Tebow to the patriots)

  23. steelcurtainn says: Jun 11, 2013 11:42 PM

    I bet he’s excited!!!!

  24. afcnorth54 says: Jun 11, 2013 11:48 PM

    Give it a rest!

  25. granadafan says: Jun 12, 2013 12:07 AM

    What an insult to Rudy

  26. eyefeeler says: Jun 12, 2013 12:16 AM

    Coach wants a fourth SB ring as a HC. He can only influence so far. Even if TEbow is gone after August, Coach can point to the moment and the experience of exposure and attention as a motivator. He doesn’t have to say it; the media will for him.

  27. kd75 says: Jun 12, 2013 12:20 AM

    So Tebow is going to get a sack in a blowout game with 30 seconds left and get carried off the field?

    Didn’t Rudy have to go to Junior college for a couple of years and mow the grass at Notre Dame just to get on the field for two plays as a senior?

    And even Joe Montana said that story was exaggerated.

  28. jack3dsd says: Jun 12, 2013 12:22 AM

    what about Manti Teos girlfriend tho? ??

  29. sourdoughsam says: Jun 12, 2013 12:46 AM

    Seriously, at this point, what other reason for the media’s obsession with this guy is there besides the fact that he wears his religion on his sleeve? He had a short stretch as a starter that made for some entertaining games, but he’s been a back-up ever since. It was slightly interesting when he was traded to the Jets because of the possibility that he might unseat Sanchez, but he’s no threat to the starting QB with his new team.

  30. crappygovernment says: Jun 12, 2013 12:55 AM

    Who is Ryan Mallett exactly? He never went 8-5 with a playoff win as a starter, like Tebow!

  31. bostoncommon says: Jun 12, 2013 1:42 AM

    comatrip1 says that they’re picking his brain about the Jets offense.

    Seriously? The *Patriots* need some help with the Jets?

  32. spfripp says: Jun 12, 2013 1:47 AM

    Forest Gump would have been a better comparison Gump

  33. j4man1 says: Jun 12, 2013 2:38 AM

    You should have quit when you were ahead Florio. It’s obvious you have no idea about Tebow or the Patriots reason for signing him. Just because you want to be the Rudy of journalism doesn’t mean you have to compare Tebow to him. Delete this since you know Tebow is twice the man you’ll ever be.

  34. chicagogator says: Jun 12, 2013 2:44 AM

    Has anyone asked themselves, “Could this guy fill in until Gronk comes back from back surgery?” Belichick was known to be a visitor to Gainesville during Tebow’s playing days as a Gator, so they’ve known each other for some time. Tebow has national championship chemistry with Aaron Hernandez too. Forget about the QB position with a future hall of fame precision marksman with perfect mechanics already behind center. Question is, “Can he catch well enough?” Pro…bably. Which makes Belichick look really smart, and where the Jets just fumbled. Short down range and Brady has Hernandez and/or Tebow to throw to? Hmm. Another masterful pick-up for the Pats or just a marketable insurance policy?

  35. notoriousjebus says: Jun 12, 2013 3:34 AM

    I think Tebow is going to be just like Rudy. However, not the movie version of Rudy, but the real life version.

    You know the one that the coach and players who were on that team, like Joe Montana, have publicly discussed. A nice guy that tried really hard, but didn’t really have the talent necessary to be an important and contributing member of the team. And who the other players liked just enough to carry off the field, as a joke, when he achieved some small, but utterly pointless, achievement in a game.

  36. viachicago22 says: Jun 12, 2013 5:04 AM

    My God I am going to die from choking on my own puke. Florio, stop. Just stop.

  37. iluvbears says: Jun 12, 2013 5:49 AM

    If that is the only reason he is on the team then they have totally wasted a roster spot. There are many other players out there who could actually play the game & help the Pats.

  38. whatjusthapped says: Jun 12, 2013 6:49 AM

    Oh my gosh, how does Tebow generate this much media interest? Looking at it objectively, he is, at best, a third string talent in a league where almost every team only suits up 2 per game. Does it really matter whether he practices hard every day if on Sunday, he is sitting in the press box with all the other inactives? And assumes he will even make the final 53, a big assumption in June.

  39. jimmyt says: Jun 12, 2013 6:57 AM

    I still have this horrible feeling that The End of Days are near what with Tebow meeting the Anti-Christ and all.

  40. stevequinn says: Jun 12, 2013 7:03 AM

    Tebow will “stick” with the Pats. There won’t be any “wildcat” in NE but Tebow will play some TE, FB, and RB on short yardage downs.

    Tebow is a winner. But neither Tebow, nor the Good Lord, could have helped the NY Jets.

  41. 7insidethelines2 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:42 AM

    Bringing Tebow in to set an example for other players? We are really reaching now for a rationalization for this move. How silly. This is the NFL not a Ronald Reagan movie. Belichik is a genius therefore this move must be genius therefore Belichik is a genius. The wildcat made him look stupid one Sunday a few years back, but since BB didn’t think of it it himself, it had to be labeled a gimick. What makes a genius is seeing things for what they really are, in the process breaking with traditional limiting ideas, like the idea that everything the Pats do is brilliant and our job is to expound on why that is. So we get stories like this one. Rudy. Puh-leeze, child.

  42. delrmi05 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:55 AM

    He’s there for one reason and one reason only; because they believe he’ll make the team better. It may not pan out that way down the road but its one of those situations in which speculating is pointless

  43. countmahdrof says: Jun 12, 2013 7:56 AM

    Anther asinine comparison. Rudy was a COLLEGE player. The Pats are a PROFESSIONAL team. Silly motivational games don’t really work with grown men earning massive paychecks.

    And trashjuice, just be glad Tebow isn’t gay. Tebow posts would be all that you’d see here.

  44. tv426 says: Jun 12, 2013 8:10 AM

    If a pro needs a “Rudy” to inspire him, then he isn’t a pro.

  45. brownoholic says: Jun 12, 2013 9:25 AM

    doesn’t that mean he could also eventually be a Goonie or a Hobbit?

  46. superhotbug says: Jun 12, 2013 11:26 AM

    sign Tebow for league minimum, sell a million dollars in jerseys and then cut him

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