FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Brushing aside awkwardness from the trade that sent him from Denver to New York, Tim Tebow was introduced as the newest member of the New York Jets Monday.
“It’s such an honor be here and I’m so excited to be Jet,” the former Denver Broncos quarterback told reporters at the Jets’ training facilities in Florham Park, New Jersey.
Tebow also thanked the Broncos for giving him the chance to play, and thanked Broncos fans for their support.
What remains to be seen is how Tebow will fit into the Jets’ offense led by starting quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Head coach Rex Ryan recently told the NFL Network that Tebow will be used in the “Wildcat” formation, and he could also see playing time in other positions, besides quarterback.
In addressing Ryan’s remarks, Tebow said his job is to help win games, and not necessarily win the starting QB job.
“First and foremost I’ve always said that I’m a football player first and then quarterback,” Tebow said. “Although that is my dream…that’s what I want to be and it’s what I believe I am, is a quarterback…however I can help the team. However I can make a difference. However they can use me, I’ll be open to it and work as hard as I can.”
Tebow also insisted there won’t be friction between him and Sanchez, whom he regards as a friend.
“We’re going to have a great relationship and a great working relationship, and I think we’ll have a lot of fun together.”
Tebow, 24, was traded last week after the Broncos signed free agent quarterback Peyton Manning to five-year deal.
Last season, Tebow led the Broncos to an 8-8 record, the AFC West division title, and Denver’s first playoff victory in six seasons.