Say what you want about Tim Tebow or his relative ability to throw the forward pass.
He’s been able to convince at least three very rich men to employ him, and the same words keep coming out of their mouths.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft even encroached on some of Jets owner Woody Johnson’s material Wednesday, saying “You can’t get enough people like that,” in reference to his new third-string quarterback.
“If you want to win in this league, you need quality depth management, in the age of the salary cap,” Kraft said, via ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Rodak. “Whenever you can get a competitive, first-grade person to join your team, you never know what happens. But for me personally, having Tim Tebow on this team, he’s someone who believes in spirituality, he’s very competitive and works hard, and has a great attitude, and he’s a winner.
“So having him as part of our franchise is great, but he has to compete just like anyone else. We’re blessed to have a lot of people like that, but the fact that spirituality is very important to him is very appealing to me.”
Kraft made other references to Tebow’s “spirituality,” during the Q and A, which lends credence to the idea he’s being brought in as a bit of a mascot. No one has ever questioned Tebow’s character, and adding that to a locker room can only be an issue if his spirituality draws too much attention to a player who’s not adding much on the field.
Kraft was also asked about his comments when Michael Vick was available four years ago, when he said “Why would I ever want to take Tom Brady off the field?”
“In my mind, we have the greatest quarterback of all time on our team, and every time he has the ball in his hands, we have the chance to do something great,” Kraft said. “So nothing has changed in that regard for me.”
And it shouldn’t, as long as Kraft doesn’t get carried about with the hype of the new guy the way his business partner in New York did.