Jets owner surprised NFL by amount of Tebow coverage
Woody Johnson expected more reporters and TV cameras around his New York Jets than usual with Tim Tebow in town.''I think the enormity of the coverage kind of surprised me a little bit,'' Johnson said Tuesday during the team's NFL practice at training camp.
Tebow, the Jets' backup quarterback, is one of the NFL's most popular players because of his tough play on cheap nfl jerseys the football field and his Christian beliefs and humble approach off it. So, when the Jets (No. 17 in the AP Pro32) acquired him from Denver in March, the media attention was expected to increase - and the 200 or so who covered Tebow's introductory news conference was a sign of things to come.
Still, the fact ESPN was camped NFL out at SUNY Cortland for nearly a week providing live look-ins to practice, and the hordes of cameras and reporters showing up every day during training camp has surprised Johnson.
''Well I knew there would be press, nike nfl jerseys there would be interest,'' Johnson said, ''but even by our standards, this is pretty amazing.''
And, Johnson and the Jets embrace it all.
''Absolutely,'' he said. ''We are in NFL media business and we want to give our fans an insight and the fact that they're interested, I think works out well for us. We'd rather have them interested in it rather than apathetic and not paying attention.''
It has been an interesting situation during camp as Tebow has been the clear fan favorite, judging by the cheers every time he runs NFL around on the field, and the T-shirts and jerseys in the stands. Meanwhile, starter Mark Sanchez is having a solid summer and firmly establishing himself as the leader of the team.
But the extra cameras and reporters are here for one player: Tebow.
''I don't like it or not like it,'' Johnson said. ''It is what it is. You guys (media) are deciding that that's important for you and your NFL audience, so you're making that decision and emphasizing that more, than maybe look into some of the other stuff on what's happening with the team.''
Despite the overwhelming reception Tebow has received from the media and fans, Johnson doesn't think the quarterback has had a major impact on the team's marketing and sales - saying he doesn't know ''if any single player does that.''
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