Those close to Tim Tebow say he’s the real deal

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Said Colquitt: “He’s got a different sense of humor but … you wouldn’t say like, `Oh, that guy’s kind of square’ and stuff like that. I mean, he definitely wants to have a good time.”

For Tebow, that means spending his day off taking his year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, “Bronco,” to the dog park.

Talk about the dog and the breed, which has roots in South Africa, and Tebow’s eyes light up.

Though his type is known for bravery, Bronco shies away from others at the park and plants himself between Tebow’s legs. Other times, he’s on a leash and accompanies Tebow while he rides his bike in his neighborhood.

Moore said he sometimes senses that Tebow gets uncomfortable with all the attention.

“To be honest with you, he doesn’t like it sometimes,” he said. “One time we were talking and I went to the grocery store and he said he didn’t remember the last time he went to the grocery store, you know? He can’t go. I mean that’s not fun. He can’t go get his own cereal, his favorite cereal.”

Still, Royal says Tebow does a good job of just being himself.

“He doesn’t try to be anything more than what he is,” he said. “And he walks around here and he’s comfortable in his own skin, and you can tell that. Like I said, there’s nothing fake about him. He’s not trying to be something that he’s not. And he’s just being himself.”

Tebow says he tries to keep it all in perspective _ taking all the applause and boos in stride.

“You’re going to have people that praise you and people that criticize you and everything in between,” he said. “If I listened to everything that you all say, my world would be so up and down. I’m grounded upon my faith, my family. Football is what I do for a living and what I do for fun. If I rode the roller coaster of what everybody says about me then my life would be a lot more hectic than what it is.”

And with that approach, he’s free to focus on football.

“Ultimately, it’s about winning games,” Tebow said. “So, I don’t really care how it looks or what we do as long as we win. Plain and simple, whatever we have to do to get into the end zone and win football games.”

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Reach out to AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton

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