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“You work your whole life to build a reputation, and then people try to bring you down when they don’t understand even what happened,” he said. “It’s disappointing.”

Thompson called Tebow a motivator and someone with a strong personality that can lead a football team. The Ravens receiver said still believes his old college quarterback can become a starter in the NFL again.

“I see him as a starter,” Thompson said. “He went to the playoffs as a starter. He’s proven he can do it. You just have to give him a shot.”

Jason Butt contributed to this article, which is based, in part, on wire service reports.