Back in March of this year, there was a minor fire stirred up over some comments that former Denver Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn said in reference to Tim Tebow leapfrogging him in his eyes to become the starter. Basically they boil down to Quinn saying Tebow got the nod because of the fans, and maybe because of the billboard that was up of Tebow as well. Considering Quinn's current stature of being an NFL bust, not much was made of these few sentences.
Apparently though, Tebow has been holding a slight grudge about it and decided to get back.
According to GatorZone,com, who has since removed the story from it's website, Tebow took a less than subtle shot at Quinn while speaking to a pro-Gator crowd at an event in Winter Park, Florida recently.
"I had a teammate at Denver who played the same position as me and he went to the University of Notre Dame," Tebow said. "He would brag about his university, how great it was. Most of us in the locker room were like, 'C'mon, we all had opportunities. We chose not to go there.' … But he talked so much about his university that it became easy. I'd say, 'Your whole team had one guy who ran under a 5.0 40 (yard dash). Our kicker ran under 5.0.'"
Ok, maybe saying that Florida's kicker was faster than Quinn's entire Notre Dame team was not the harshest barb ever to be uttered, but the fact that it was said by Tebow at all shows a more human side of the QB that he's ever shown before. Just this barest hint of trash talk is like water to a man dying of thirst, both refreshing and greatly needed. It just goes to show that even those upon the highest pedestals sometimes share a negative view on things.
Here is a couple of other snippets from Tebow's speech at the event.
On the New York media: "They've been very accurate in their reporting. First, I was living in the city. Then I was in Hoboken — and I've never even been to Hoboken. I think I've dated three or four different girls I've never met. But it's been interesting. And fun."
On his game-winning drive against the Jets: "I think I had seven carries on the drive, and I take so much pride in being in shape and being one of the best conditioned athletes out there — but I was fighting for every yard I could possibly get; I was so winded and so tired because it was back-to-back-to-back. We literally called the same play every time. … It got to the point that when we went back to the huddle I was so out of breath, I'd say, 'Same play,! Same play!' Everybody was like, 'What?' I wasn't going to call a play because I was so out of breath. But we were going right down the field.
"It got to third-and-4 from their 20. Very big play. I'm out of breath, so fatigued. So I get them up to the line, I'm getting ready to do the cadence, getting ready to say, 'Set! Hut!' when I hear whistles and I look over and some Denver fan has jumped down from the stands and starts streaking across the field. Most of the time you pay attention and maybe laugh. I was like, 'Thank you, Lord!' I was able to catch my breath. That was 100 percent divine intervention, right there."
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