Posted: 10:18 am Sunday, April 18th, 2010
By Post Staff
Tim Tebow was in a pretty good mood on Saturday.
In Nashville as the featured speaker at a sold-out athletic event at Lipscomb University, Tebow laughed off the notion that he was upset at Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who was caught disparaging Tebow and Bill Parcells on someone’s cameraphone while possibly having a bit too much to drink.
Jones said Tebow would “never get on the field. I can’t get him out there,” when asked if he would draft Tebow, seemingly taking a shot at Tebow’s non-traditional quarterbacking skills. Tebow, not surprisingly, took the high road when asked about it by Nashville media.
“I don’t even take that as an offense, he was just having fun,” Tebow said, via The Tennessean.
Jones has since retracted his comments, calling Tebow “an outstanding young man” and saying he only meant that the Cowboys already have three quarterbacks on the roster.
But the Jerry Jones video wasn’t the only reason Tebow cracked a smile on Saturday. When addressing the 5,500 in attendance — who paid $50 apiece to listen to Tebow speak at the private Christian university — Tebow couldn’t help but jab one of his former rivals when asked why he accepted Lipscomb’s invitation.
“When I got the call asking if I would speak here I thought ‘Lipscomb, hmmm, Nashville, hmmm, Tennessee. We’ve never had any problem with Tennessee. Sure, I’ll do that,’” Tebow said.
Tebow said he still hasn’t decided whether to attend next week’s NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night in New York City.
The NFL expected him to make up his mind on Friday, but the league is willing to wait on Tebow’s decision right up until Wednesday, when the draft prospects will be appearing at various charity events throughout New York City. He will be in New York on Tuesday for an event with EA Sports, which made him the cover athlete for its NCAA Football 2011 game, but Tebow said he doesn’t know if he will stick around for the draft.
“I’m going to be with my family and that’s one of the big things for us, is how many of the family can come to New York?” Tebow said. “The most important thing is being with my family and coach (Urban) Meyer wants to be there and some of the other coaches from Florida and a few of my best friends. I will decide sometime next week. I just have to pray about it and talk with my family about it.”
With five days to go until the draft, Tebow said he hasn’t minded the intense scrutiny he has endured over the last four months regarding his NFL potential.
“It hasn’t been stressful and I’ve enjoyed the process,” Tebow said. “Obviously, there’s been a lot of scrutiny from (the media) and everybody else … along the way people have been telling me, ‘It’s going to be hard, don’t get stressed out with it.’ But it’s been fun. Honestly, it hasn’t been too bad at all.”
Tebow’s speech revolved around the way Tebow said he lives his life: Be willing to stand alone and to stand for something; to live life with passion; and to finish strong, which was the Gators’ motto for the 2009 season.
As to his first tenet, standing for what he believes in, Tebow told the crowd that multiple companies told him before the Super Bowl that they could not let him represent their products if he went ahead with his pro-life commercial at the Super Bowl. But Tebow said losing sponsors was a small price to pay for the ability to spread his message about family and faith.
Tebow hasn’t been too hurt by the commercial, though, which was sponsored by the controversial group Focus on the Family. Tebow has already been linked to major sponsorships with Nike and EA Sports, and likely has several more in the works.