Tim Tebow working hard, relying on passion to revive NFL career with Eagles

Tim Tebow
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow (11) during practice at NFL football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (Matt Rourke)
Mark Eckel | For NJ Advance MediaBy Mark Eckel | For NJ Advance Media 
on August 12, 2015 at 5:30 AM

PHILADELPHIA — Practice has been over for more than a few minutes.

Sam Bradford is swarmed by camera crews and reporters.

Mark Sanchez goes back into the NovaCare Complex, freshens up, and comes back onto the field for an interview session.

And Tim Tebow is still on the field.

While the rest of the players have left, Tebow is running sprints, throwing passes, working on his new throwing motion, doing whatever it is going to take to revive a NFL career that at one time was at the top; and more recently hit rock bottom.

Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner, the National Champion, the first-round draft pick, the playoff winner, is trying to unseat Matt Barkley as the Eagles‘ No. 3 quarterback, assuming of course Chip Kelly keeps three quarterbacks on his 53-man roster.

Eagles’ linebacker Brandon Graham, among others have been wowed by Tebow’s hard work and have mentioned how he’s always in the building, always working.

“Some times I get here early and Tim’s in there,” Graham said. “Some times I stay late, and Tim’ s still here. It’s really something seeing how much he works.”

It’s always been that way for Tebow. It doesn’t matter if he’s the big man on the Florida campus, or a guy trying to win a third-string job after two years away from a game he loves.


 

“I’m just trying to find ways to improve. In football you’re always trying to find that edge,” Tebow told New Jersey Advance Media on the field long after Tuesday’s practice was over. “The best way to find that edge is to put in the time, the extra work. Find things you might not have done well in practice and come out here afterwards and work on it.

“I’ve always tried to be that way, make that my mindset. I learned from my dad at a young age how important passion is. Passion is very different than motivation or excitement. You come out here with passion, it doesn’t matter what happens or what obstacle gets in your way, because you have passion. That’s something real and it’s something deep. Those other things, being excited, being hyped, being motivated all those things they have their ups and downs. Passion sustains you through the good times and the bad.”

Tebow has had more good times and bad than most players.

His highs were extreme — the Heisman and the National Title at Florida, the playoff win for Denver over Pittsburgh. And so we’re the lows — the disastrous trade to the Jets, being released in camp by the Patriots, and out of football since August of 2103.

How has he handled going from one extreme to the other to now fighting to get back, even as a No. 3 quarterback.

“That’s a good question,” Tebow said. “It’s through your identity. The blessing that I have is my identity doesn’t come just through the game of football. My identity comes in that I have a relationship with Jesus Christ and I’m a child of God. When your identity is found is something solid and not wavering, then I’m to wavering. I’ve said this many times I’m thankful I don’t have to live that roller coaster that so many in the world do.

“I’m able to live with a purpose and passion and that gives you a freedom that you can come out here and just do your best and try to be the best you can be.”

Tebow had another good day, Tuesday. His throwing motion that was his undoing in the past is greatly improved. All the work he put in the past two years, the guidance of former baseball pitcher Tom House seems to have worked.

Now, come Sunday he’ll be back in a real game for the first time in two years when the Eagles host the Indianapolis Colts in the preseason opener.

“I hope I’m getting better,” Tebow said. “I put in a lot of work. There’s no question I’m looking forward to the game. I love the game and it’s something that I missed. But we had a (family) Turkey Bowl last year that was really intense.”

The quarterback starts laughing as he tells that story. He’s having fun again, not that he ever stopped.

It’s just he’s back on a football field where he belongs, and he’s out there longer than anyone else.

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  1. David Oliver says:

    Neat! Go Tebow !

    Buzzy et All,
    Here is an interesting “PhillyVoice” Evaluation of Tim:

    Eagles OC Pat Shurmur mum on how team could utilize Tim Tebow..
    BY MATT MULLIN
    PhillyVoice Staff

    http://www.phillyvoice.com/eagles-pat-shurmur-tim-tebow-081215/

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