With Tim Tebow preparing to make his first start of the 2011 season on Sunday at Miami, there is an aura of excitement surrounding the team. The national level of interest in this week’s game was evidenced at the team’s training facility on Wednesday when more than 60 members of the media, including two national outlets, were on hand to observe practice.
The team can sense that excitement with Tebow at the helm, a player known for his leadership and enthusiasm on and off the field.
“Oh yeah we feel it,” running back Willis McGahee said. “He’s our guy, so whatever he feels, we’re going to feel. It’s a good thing he has all this energy going into the huddle and it’s like we’re following along with him.”
Wide receiver Eric Decker credited Tebow’s positive outlook with helping pick up the mood of the entire team.
“He’s a go-happy guy,” Decker said. “I’ve never seen him in a bad mood to be honest, and that’s good to have because a lot of times football is a grind, and some days are harder than others. You might not be having the best day physically or mentally, making some mistakes, but you know he’s always looking at the positives, and that’s something that I think will rub off in the huddle.”
Tebow hopes his attitude in the huddle can lead to success on the field this Sunday.
“I want to go out there and play my heart out and play my hardest,” Tebow said. “On the field, try to lead those guys, and definitely help execute this game plan in practice and get it rolling in the game, find a way to make plays and get the guys around me — and ultimately together try to get a victory.”
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