Tim Tebow expresses “frustration” and “sadness” over teammates’ criticism

11/14/12 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Despite the big news the Tim Tebow trade made in March, the New York Jets backup quarterback has failed to make a huge impact in the team’s locker room. And after playing nine games this season with his new team, Tim Tebow still hasn’t made many friends in the locker room and even faces hostility when talk to turns to the New York Jets’s quarterback situation.
“I’ve had criticism somewhat my whole life playing football. You got to do your best at handling it. On one side, you try to make it motivate you,” said Tim Tebow after learning about the Daily News report on Wednesday. “But at the same time, it always has somewhat of an effect on you.
Tim Tebow acknowledged that he felt “some frustration and I guess some sadness” after coming across reports of several New York Jets players and personnel criticizing what he brought the table in wake of a potential quarterback change following No.1 quarterback Mark Sanchez’s 3-6 start this season.
“You’re human. It’s not always fun having people saying negative things about you, but you try to be stronger from it,” stated Tim Tebow.” It always has made me stronger in the past and it will continue to make me stronger.”
“This is something I can’t control,” Tim Tebow added regarding the majority New York Jets players’ apparent hostility towards him. “I can control my attitude, my effort and my work ethic. Those are things that will never change based on what anybody says.”
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan wasn’t pleased with the rumors of a rift in his locker room and called the anonymous Tim Tebow bashing personnel “cowards”. A New York Jets start on the defensive end labeled Tim Tebow as “terrible” while another said that heonly  saw the special teams player as the “Wildcat guy.” However, New York Jets left guard Matt Slauson, who let Daily Times to name him in the report stated that rather than a quarterback, he primarily saw Tim Tebow as an “athlete”
“It’s a little disappointing, but you try to go about your business and improve and get better and not let this affect you negatively at all,” Tim Tebow said regarding the criticism against him. “If anything, just make you work a little bit harder.”
Although this kind of criticism can get to you since it was a “a little unique,” given that it came straight off his own teammates, Tim Tebow claimed he won’t let his mind be occupied with the negativity in the locker room.
“That’s not who I am. I’m more secure in who I am as a person, as a football player than that to look and wonder or wonder why,” said Tim Tebow. “I got a bunch of great relationships in this locker room.”
“I don’t need to stop and wonder why,” added Tim Tebow. “That doesn’t help you do anything… just makes you think about it more.”
Tim Tebow claimed he’d maintain a positive outlook on things, utilizing the criticism as a motivational factor to “keep working” harder.
 “It’s never fun to hear criticism,” stated Tim Tebow. “At the same time, it’s something I’ve always used as motivation. You try to get stronger from it.”
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