Tim Tebow’s skills on the football field may not have been the only reason why the New England Patriots chose to sign the quarterback. Patriots owner Robert Kraft indicated that the organization took a chance on Tebow because of his “spirituality” and great attitude. Speaking at a charity event honoring his late wife, Kraft delved into the thinking behind bringing in Tebow to be a backup to Tom Brady.
“For me personally, having Tim Tebow on this team, he’s someone who believes in spirituality, he’s very competitive, works hard and has a great attitude,” Kraft said. “He’s a winner, and the fact that spirituality is so important to him is very appealing to me.”
Tebow signed a two-year deal with no guaranteed money after being cut by the New York Jets about five weeks ago, Fox News reported. Many speculated that his time in the NFL was over after only three seasons.
“You can’t have enough good people around you, and [Tebow] has the added dimension of spirituality being so important to him, and that personally appeals to me a lot,” Kraft said.
Unsurprisingly, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was less effusive when talking about Tebow.
“We’re not going to get into a minute-by-minute evaluation of a player,” Belichick told reporters during minicamp. “I don’t think that’s the way to go, especially at this time of year.”
That was not the case with Kraft. “Watching Tebow throw [Tuesday in a minicamp workout], to me, he looked pretty good,” Kraft said. “It’s fun having him here. It’s nice to have three quarterbacks who can throw it really well.”
Still, Kraft doesn’t see Tebow replacing Brady on the field anytime soon.
“In my mind, we have the greatest quarterback of all time on our team,” Kraft said. “And every time he has the ball in his hand, we have a chance to do something great. Nothing has changed in that regard for me.”
Brady didn’t seem too concerned about the prospect of Tebow replacing him on certain plays. “That’s a very hypothetical question,” Brady said. “So maybe we’ll deal with it if it happens.”