Friday, December 10, 2010

Tebow talks all things football

- On if he’s ready for more playing time: “I’m a very competitive person and I love playing the game of football, so any opportunity that I get I would love it. But whatever I can do to help the team on or off the field, I’m going to do it.”

- On Urban Meyer’s decision to leave coaching: “I’ve talked to him pretty much every day, multiple times. I’m proud of him. It takes a lot to leave something that you love like that, like coaching, like the University of Florida, but he knew what the right thing was to do for him and no one else knew that except for him. He just wanted to spend more time with his family, and that was the most important thing to him, and I thought that was great. I respect him even more for making a decision like that.”

- Tebow declined to share his vote for the Heisman Trophy, but he said he took the voting process seriously: “I believe the Heisman is one of the most prestigious awards out there in the US. I took it seriously. I looked around at all the different athletes and I thought there were some qualified players. I felt like I voted for the best player.”

- Tebow said he based his vote on on-field performance. He said he didn’t know specifics about Auburn’s Cam Newton (who was Tebow’s teammate at Florida for two years) other than what has been reported. “and I just look on the field. I look at what their team would be like without that player, how valuable that player is to their team, a lot of different things like that.”

- Tebow was a part of the last three Heisman ceremonies, which will take place Saturday in New York City. “Being there the last three years, I guess I’m supposed to be on a flight to NY, that’s what my body’s telling me,” Tebow said. “Its very exciting for those nominees, and they’re going to have a great time. It’s going to be surreal for all of them and overwhelming for one.”

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