Tim Tebow, now the backup quarterback for the New York Jets, took another hit from former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason and responded in a way consistent with his solid faith.
"If I was the Jets, you want to know what I would do? I would cut Tim Tebow. I really would," Esiason, a CBS NFL analyst and radio host, said Aug. 6 on WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show. "I'm telling you right now I would, and I'll tell you why I would: It's just not in any way, shape or form benefiting this team."
Esiason added that Tebow "has played some of the worst football that any quarterback has ever played in the history of the game."
USA Today noted Esiason was 15-27 as the Jets' starter from 1993 to 1995 and never took the team to the playoffs.
"I've heard nothing but great things about Mr. Esiason. I know he was a great player here, and I just wish him nothing but the best in his announcing, and God bless him," Tebow said after practice that day.
Tebow uses criticism as motivation, he said.
"And when I get my opportunities, try to make the most of them, just be the person that I am and not let that get me too excited or too down, but just be who I am and go out there and work as hard as I can every day and try and improve and be the best football player/quarterback I can be," the Heisman Trophy winner said.
Woody Johnson, the Jets' owner, said he was surprised by the enormity of the coverage Tebow attracts and he disagrees with Esiason. "I think Tim is going to be a valuable part of this team moving forward," Johnson said, according to the New York Daily News.