Tim Tebow is doing anything but blending in quietly at the start of training camp for the New York Jets.
The backup quarterback has drawn attention to the team’s camp in tiny Cortland, N.Y., for just about every move whether on or off the field. This weekend he was heckled by Jets fans in the team’s first practice after a poor performance, ESPN.com reported.
But it was another Tim Tebow action from the weekend practice that drew even more attention. As a downpour came across the practice grounds at SUNY College at Cortland, Tebow cast aside his shirt and took a jog in the rain. It was one that became a hot point for critics and a popular image for Tebow fans.
Tim Tebow’s teammates were a little perplexed by the run.
”Like I told Tim, I’ve never seen anybody decide to take their shirt off in the rain. Usually, I put stuff on. Maybe it was holy water, I don’t know,” linebacker Bart Scott told the Associated Press about Tebow’s bare-chested run Saturday.
“When we walked into the quarterbacks meeting room, we told Tim, ‘We’re just glad you kept your shirt on for the meeting’,” third-string quarterback Greg McElroy told API.
For his part, Tim Tebow said he didn’t understand all the attention, API reported. The 24-year-old quarterback told reporters he didn’t know what the big deal was–and were it anyone but Tim Tebow, it’s unlikely anyone would have noticed or cared.
On the field Tim Tebow has struggled. The Associated Press noted that during his reps on Sunday the quarterback had problems throwing in the team’s first practice in pads. He unofficially went 1 for 7–the same as starter Mark Sanchez–in 11-on-11 drills.