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Former college teammate says Tebow should get a shot for his “aura”

New York Jets quarterback Tebow leaves the field after they defeated the Buffalo Bills in  their NFL football game in East Rutherford Reuters

With Josh Freeman, a quarterback picked in round one of the 2009 draft, suddenly available, a quarterback drafted in round one of the 2010 draft suddenly falls a little farther out of sight.

But Tim Tebow has yet to fall out of mind.  On Thursday, Jets receiver David Nelson, who played with Tebow at Florida, made the case for Tebow getting a job somewhere.

“I know what he can bring to a team, not just from the physical aspect of on the field but what he brings off the field — that aura and the presence he has about him,” receiver David Nelson said, via Brian Costello of the New York Post.  “Guys love being around him.  Guys feed off that and he makes other people better.  Even if he’s not out there calling the plays, he’s helping guys, coaching guys.  To have that as a backup quarterback is extremely valuable.”

Still, no one has shown any interest in Tebow since he was cut before Week One.  There’s been no talk.  No rumors.  No interest.

It seems that most teams believe the “aura” and intangibles are outweighed by the lack of skill and the distractions that come from having him on the roster.

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46 Responses to “Former college teammate says Tebow should get a shot for his “aura””
  1. xofootballer says: Oct 3, 2013 10:56 PM

    The team that takes Freeman over Tebow gets what they deserve.
    Failure.

  2. shadowcell says: Oct 3, 2013 10:58 PM

    Then put him on the freakin’ cheer team. Jesus.

  3. chuckie201 says: Oct 3, 2013 10:59 PM

    it’s a shame to see how far tebow has fallen.

  4. bucrightoff says: Oct 3, 2013 11:06 PM

    Well yeah, he is Jesus after all.

  5. stlluna7 says: Oct 3, 2013 11:06 PM

    Sometimes great players either are passed over or are reinvented in another role. It is positively sad that some players sit the bunch while also-rans get the starts and coaches fired.

  6. sportsfan18 says: Oct 3, 2013 11:10 PM

    I’m a Tebow fan. He’s a great young man and was a wonderful college player.

    The things this former receiver said about him didn’t come true when he was the backup quarterback for the Jets.

  7. sactogary says: Oct 3, 2013 11:12 PM

    As the Jags can tell you, anything is better than having Tebow.

  8. barbeaux says: Oct 3, 2013 11:34 PM

    Tebow’s -1 yard passing preseason performance says it all.

  9. onebucplace says: Oct 3, 2013 11:43 PM

    As a Bucs fan it would take a hell of an ‘aura’ to clean up the mess that is Greg Schiano, that piece of Jersey trash. I’d take Tebow and no other players on the field than deal with the piece of trash currently running the team. Schiano, please find a time machine, set the date to August 6, 1945 and make your way to Nagasaki. Get there early.

  10. zeke2517 says: Oct 3, 2013 11:43 PM

    Yes give him a roster spot and a bunch of money so he can smile and say “Gah bless.” Genius.

  11. timsmooth says: Oct 3, 2013 11:46 PM

    Why people wanna make sure a guy make a million a year to suck at QB!!! Dunno. Make em a coach or a speaker NOT QB!!!!!!!

  12. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 4, 2013 12:01 AM

    All he does is win.

  13. steviefoosball says: Oct 4, 2013 12:10 AM

    Tebow = Failure.

  14. granadafan says: Oct 4, 2013 12:15 AM

    The only ones who have swallowed the Tebow aura are Gator fans and evangelical religious fanatics. The rest of rationale and critical thinking America has seen Tebow for what he is NOT: an NFL QB.

  15. pisano says: Oct 4, 2013 12:16 AM

    The guys a bum, he’s worst than Sanchez, now what does that say for him, Hello!

  16. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 4, 2013 1:16 AM

    Remember Tim Tebow DESTROYING the pittsburgh steelers in the playoffs?!?

    306 passing yards — 2 td — 0 int — 0 fumbles

    50 rushing yards — 1 td

  17. logicalvoiceseys says: Oct 4, 2013 3:43 AM

    Tebow it turns our took an absolutely stacked Broncos team to the 2nd round of the playoffs just to get smashed by the Patriots 45-10. That Broncos team by the way also ended the regular season on a 3 game losing streak. They won despite of Tebow. I realize he came from behind a few times, but they shouldn’t have even been behind. Five of the wins the Broncos had with Tebow the opposing team scored less than 14 points.

    Get over Tim Tebow.

  18. shibengal says: Oct 4, 2013 3:50 AM

    As a guy who grew up watching John Hughes movies, I really want to see Tebow end up in JAX.

  19. hjworton46 says: Oct 4, 2013 4:00 AM

    The media hoopla that goes with having TT around is what has rendered him all but impossible to have on a roster. Everything else being equal, he’d be on a team. Rabid media and fan attention has made him persona non grata.

  20. afcdomination says: Oct 4, 2013 4:10 AM

    I think that really, if a guy can win a playoff game on an 80 yard TD against the steelers, he at least deserves a try out. especially with the little chance he got with the jets.

    I don’t think he’s an NFL QB, but the Jags are being really stubborn about “feeling good” about their “situation”, when we all know their situation is awful.

  21. gavriloprincip33 says: Oct 4, 2013 5:51 AM

    Really?

    Tebow is so good that he is unsigned; let’s hope it stays that way…

  22. souldogdave says: Oct 4, 2013 6:19 AM

    Uh, well… he had a shot and whiffed.If you want to see his aura, take a kirillian (sp.) photograph. The NFL is not a modeling agency.Get over it, Tebow is through,over,done,fini.

  23. thegonz13 says: Oct 4, 2013 6:42 AM

    Maybe his “aura” can accurately throw a pass downfield because Tebow sure as hell -pardon the pun-can’t!

  24. qdog112 says: Oct 4, 2013 7:24 AM

    Nelson might be a great judge of talent, something he hasn’t shown a lot of himself.

  25. Grulks says: Oct 4, 2013 8:07 AM

    sactogary,
    yeah that totally makes sense. all those losses in Jacksonville MUST be better than TebowTime….

    Im not a Tebow fan by any means. I don’t know that I hate the guy, but annoys the hell out of me. Still, I think giving him a shot in Jax certainly wouldnt be any worse than the catostrophy that is currently going on there.

  26. darkglobe1 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:13 AM

    Here’s an idea…how about no Tebow stories until he’s actually, you know, playing football?

  27. cuda1234 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:20 AM

    Nelson caught 46 passes in his 4-year UF career – about one per game. If he had played in a better offense with a better qb, maybe he would have put up better numbers, gotten drafted higher and made more money. Tebow didn’t make anyone around him better, he just hogged the ball and padded his own stats.

  28. jolink653 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:36 AM

    No one wants him because of the constant media exposure and attention he gets…not his fault, but no team wants to deal with that media headache, especially when the player involved is awful at his position

  29. liner113 says: Oct 4, 2013 10:11 AM

    “The only ones who have swallowed the Tebow aura are Gator fans…”
    ___________________________

    Gator fan here. Tebow sucks. I’ve always said he needs to play football, not QB, but I don’t think even his football skills are worth all his divisive evangelical baggage.

  30. mickeytex says: Oct 4, 2013 10:14 AM

    In Tim Tebows first Ten games with Denver he threw twice as many touchdowns and fewer interceptions while completing a higher % of passes than John Elway. # Winning

  31. Savage Lizard says: Oct 4, 2013 10:34 AM

    “I think that really, if a guy can win a playoff game on an 80 yard TD against the steelers, he at least deserves a try out. especially with the little chance he got with the jets.”

    Geez! Tebow threw the ball about 10 yards on that play. Demaryius Thomas then made a great stuff arm on a defender, and then ran 70 yards for the TD. Tebow was barely a part of that 80 yard TD pass and people still pretend like that play and win were all about him.

  32. cliverush says: Oct 4, 2013 10:38 AM

    Any fan, player or coach will understand why Tim Tebow is not playing if you watch him throw the ball. His lack of any velocity prevents him from getting under center in the NFL. All this talk of aura, feeding off him, and the other bull that is said about this nice young man mean nothing on the field of an NFL game.

  33. sactogary says: Oct 4, 2013 10:52 AM

    logicalvoiceseys says: Oct 4, 2013 3:43 AM

    Tebow it turns our took an absolutely stacked Broncos team to the 2nd round of the playoffs just to get smashed by the Patriots 45-10. …
    ——————————————
    Yeah, this absolutely stacked team that was 4-12 the previous year, and started the season 1-4.

  34. liner113 says: Oct 4, 2013 11:01 AM

    “No one wants him because of the constant media exposure and attention he gets…not his fault”
    _______________________________
    Um, 100% his fault. Last I checked, he is in control of his mouth. And, his lack of throwing skills might have something to do with his failures.

  35. usmutts says: Oct 4, 2013 11:53 AM

    Nelson was misquoted. He didn’t say aura. He said aroma.

  36. edelmanfanclub says: Oct 4, 2013 1:48 PM

    I dont see the point in the jags not taking him. If they aren’t going to start Henne and want to tank the year with Gabbert, they may as well have Tebow put some fans in the seats and sell jerseys. I personally think he’s better than Gabbert. He isnt very good mechanically and is obviously a terrible practice player but you can’t argue that he doesn’t win games. It’s a shame Rex Ryan didnt want to start him last year and preferred losing with Sanchez/McElroy, then giving Tebow a chance. Pretty much ended his career. A career we only saw a sample size of.

  37. Mick Ortwein says: Oct 4, 2013 2:36 PM

    “No one wants him because of the constant media exposure and attention he gets…not his fault”
    _______________________________
    Um, 100% his fault. Last I checked, he is in control of his mouth. And, his lack of throwing skills might have something to do with his failures.

    I would like to add that Peyton Manning, given an entire season to work with the team and a draft to build and improve the roster, tailored to his skills – failed to do what Tebow did with a lesser roster. Win his first playoff game as a Bronco. The Tebow-haters really hated to eat that one.

  38. chi01town says: Oct 4, 2013 2:56 PM

    Tebow should have a job as a STARTING QB in the NFL. WHY?
    because all Tebow ever did was WIN. now it wasnt pretty but the FACT is he won. Elway is a scumb bag. he put Tebow in a jack pot when he sent him to that clown show in NY.

  39. wolfiereasonedlife says: Oct 4, 2013 3:02 PM

    I would like to add that Peyton Manning, given an entire season to work with the team and a draft to build and improve the roster, tailored to his skills – failed to do what Tebow did with a lesser roster. Win his first playoff game as a Bronco. The Tebow-haters really hated to eat that one.
    _________________________________
    Someone has to be a special kind of stupid to try to argue that Tebow H Christ is a better QB than Peyton Manning.

  40. wolfiereasonedlife says: Oct 4, 2013 3:07 PM

    Tebow should have a job as a STARTING QB in the NFL. WHY?
    because all Tebow ever did was WIN. now it wasnt pretty but the FACT is he won. Elway is a scumb bag. he put Tebow in a jack pot when he sent him to that clown show in NY.
    _________________________________
    Of all 31 teams only Jacksonville and The Jets wanted the Tebow circus. The Broncos gave him the curtsey of giving him a choice and he chose the larger market. Yes, his ego and vanity outweighed his guaranteed starting position in Jacksonville. To be fair he did throw for 39 yards!

  41. wolfiereasonedlife says: Oct 4, 2013 3:21 PM

    I don’t get the whole “give Tebow a chance” crowd. The Patriots gave him a chance. He failed miserably. They couldn’t even play him in the third preseason game because they had to evaluate real NFL players and couldn’t do it with him on the field.
    How do you evaluate the 4rth TE and 5th WR when you have Tebow lobbing the ball or skipping it on the turf?
    How do you evaluate the back-up OL when he can’t sense pressure and holds on to the ball?

    Sure he can make the occasional equivalent of the HB option pass but to compare him to a real QB isn’t fair. Compare him to LaDainian Tomlinson as a passer.
    My only regret is that he wasn’t allowed to play somewhere so he can set the all-time turn-over record.
    In the 23 games he played as a Bronco he had 17 TD passes, 9 INT and 14 fumbles. He’s a turnover machine.

  42. chi01town says: Oct 4, 2013 6:43 PM

    Tebow is a winner! and right now he should be playing. but he’s not
    because Elway traded him to NY with that clown Rex. when Tebow was in Denver he went to the playoffs and won the first game. Elway was sitting in a sky box with a sharp knife behind his back. Tebow hasnt had a real chance since. the Pats brought Tebow in to cover up the dirt of Aaron killing people after the team gave him a big contract. they needed a feel good story.

  43. chi01town says: Oct 4, 2013 7:30 PM

    Tebow won football games. he’s won a playoff game too and that was the last real chance. all he did was win. the real truth is Tebow said a prayer out on that field and some how in this world GOD is a no-no. as bad as this world need God

  44. darkglobe1 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:26 PM

    cho01town-

    Do you really think the only reason for 30 NFL teams giving him a job is because he’s Christian? You are a special kind of crazy.

  45. 51wobetmit says: Oct 5, 2013 12:25 AM

    Without Tebow, Denver would still be crappy old Denver. The game is also very much mental and these players started believing with Tebow at the helm. There is absolutely no way Peyton thinks about going to the Denver team that started the season 1-4. He would have ended up back in the surgery room for sure…With Horton finishing out the season in 2010, Denver would have 3-13 at best. It was a train wreck. So, let’s please not bring up this Denver was stacked crap…So how about Tebow goes to crappy Jacksonville and start winning games…then why not bring Brett Favre out of retirement and watch him lead that stacked Jacksonville team to the playoff next year??

  46. chi01town says: Oct 5, 2013 10:56 AM

    @darkglobe1
    You got all the answers. then you tell me. since when do a second year QB with a LOW SKILL LEVEL go to a wild card playoff game and WIN IT, then Start the next playoff game. and the whole time ELWAY is waiting to STAB him in his back. and EVERYBODY KNEW IT. TEBOW KNEW IT!! they put Tebow with a clown that is too dumb to know how to use him for a year then the PATS used him to cover up some of the STINK of that killer Aaron and now he’s OUT. ALL HE DID WAS WIN. and it wasnt pretty but at the end of the day TEBOW WON THE GAME

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