It won’t be long before training camp is upon us. For now, the Broncos, like other NFL teams, are going through organized team activities (OTA’s), which gives us a great opportunity to share some thoughts from some of the players.
We start our series of interviews with new Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow (TT), whom the team selected 25th overall in the draft last month.
Shortly after the draft, 850 KOA had the chance to talk with Tebow. Here is part one of our two-part series.
850 KOA: You are now a member of the Denver Broncos. Can that seem possible?
TT: To be honest, it’s kind of surreal. It’s like, “Wow, this is my new home.” I’m excited about it. I’m jacked about it. It is a dream come true. Good things still do happen because along the way, ever since I met Coach McDaniels, he was my favorite coach, this was my favorite spot. I didn’t even think they (the Broncos) were interested because they didn’t talk to me. But kind of at the end, they said, “Hey, we want you to come in for a visit.” So I came in here and they said Monday we’re going to work you out. So they flew in four days ago, worked me out and met all day and it ended up (with my) being a Bronco. It was worth everything and I’m just so excited. I’m thankful that Coach McDaniels believes in me enough to take me. My two biggest goals here are one, trying to prove him right and number two, trying to make him proud. I’m excited about both of those.
850 KOA: You’re well aware, obviously, of all the debate, all the discussion about your skill set. Why has there been so much more passion about your skill set compared to all the other guys in the draft?
TT: I’m not really sure. It could be for a lot of reasons. There are a lot of things that are a little bit unique about me. I’m outspoken. I stand up for what I believe. I’ve had a little bit of success in college. Those are some of the things. I just try to go out and live my life passionately every day and try to be the best player/person I can be and let the chips fall where they may.
850 KOA: You’ve worked a great deal on how you throw the football. Talk about what you’ve done and the progress you’ve made to try to be the kind of quarterback the NFL wants.
TT: I’ve worked with several different quarterback coaches to try to improve my fundamentals footwork-wise, throwing motion-wise, trying to shorten my delivery, make it more compact, more precise, more accurate. I feel like I really have accomplished it. I was blessed with great quarterback coaches and I think they helped me out a lot. I’m excited to continue working and getting better here.
850 KOA: Is it fair to say that the phrases, “He can’t,” “He isn’t” motivate you a little bit?
TT: I think it’s more than fair to say. It definitely motivates me. I’m going to have a chip on my shoulder for a long time because that is going to be my goal, to try to prove people wrong and to handle the criticism and handle people saying, “You can’t” and show them that I can.
850 KOA: There seems to be a connection with you and Coach McDaniels. What is it about him, what was it when you first met him that caught your attention?
TT: There are so many things. If I had to pick, I’d say that we’re passionate about life and football and we’re determined. There are a lot of similarities between him and my former coach, (Florida) Coach (Urban) Meyer. We (Coach McDaniels and I) love football, we’re passionate about life (and) we’re determined to accomplish our goals. He has people saying that his style doesn’t (work). I have people saying mine doesn’t (work). We can go out there and try to prove people wrong and I’m excited about it.
850 KOA: You’ve been very outspoken about saying you believe you can be a legitimate starting quarterback in the NFL. What do you know that many people watching you and evaluating you don’t know?
TT: The biggest thing about playing quarterback is (it’s) about what you can’t teach. It’s about what’s inside of you. You can’t measure your heart; you can’t measure your head; you can’t measure who you are as a person. There have been a lot of people who haven’t been as big, as strong, as fast but have been great players because they’ve had the heart of a giant. That’s what I’m trying to have and feel I do (have) and I’m just trying to go out there and show it.
Please be sure to check back soon for part two with Tim Tebow. Tim will talk about how similar the Broncos’ offense is to the offense he ran at Florida, his perspective on life and football, and more.
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