Tebow-Time has come. It’s not guaranteed to stay, but its come in the form of watching the young first round draft pick play in his first preseason game, his first NFL game. In addition to Colorado, the state of Florida is excited about this day. Tebow has been dreaming of this day as well.
“It’s exciting for me. It’s somewhat of a dream come true to be honest with you. Even though it’s just a preseason game, it’s still playing a game in the NFL. I can’t lie. There will be a lot of emotions going through me at that time,” Tebow said after practice last week.
The orange and blue may be a different shade than what he was accustomed to at Florida, but he finds similarities in his first game in college and his awaiting debut in the NFL.
“I remember it [first college game] very well. I think there will be similar emotions going through me. I was pretty jacked for that game against Southern Miss. I think I’ll be pretty excited for this one too.”
Tebow will have to keep his emotions in check during the beginning of the game as he watches Kyle Orton and then Brady Quinn take snaps under center. Controlling his emotions will be the key to success in Cincinnati.
“I’m a pretty amped-up person and get hyped pretty easily, so I’ve always had to really stay calm before the storm.”
One way he stays calm is by partaking in a common NFL ritual, listening to music. However, Tebow uses music in a different way than many other athletes do.
“Most people listen to some type of music to really get going. I honestly listen to soft country, Frank Sinatra, Christian, Chris Tomlin…Usually calm music.”
Whatever the result of Tebow’s debut, don’t read too much into it. He’s still learning the offense and the fundamentals of reading an NFL defense. He’s also going up against 2nd and 3rd string players.
Tebow is just thankful for being drafted by the Broncos and wants to do everything he can to help them win.
“I will have a lot of pride in wearing those colors. I have a lot of pride in playing for the Broncos. I also have a lot of humility in having the chance to play a game in the NFL…I’ve still got a long way to go. I’m just trying to get better every day.”
He’s putting in the work long after other teammates leave the practice field. One day, he could be spotted on the sidelines working on his quickness with a rope ladder and doing sit-ups. The next day, he hit the weight room immediately after practice.
Hard work is rewarded with success and if that theory holds true, Tim Tebow will have a very fine career in this league.
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