About 10 minutes before the workout ended, Patriots owner Robert Kraft walked up to Tebow and shook hands. Kraft put his arm around Tebow’s back and Tebow put his arm on Kraft’s shoulder. They chatted for a few minutes as Tebow threw.
“It’s such an honor to be a Patriot and play for coach Belichick and coach McDaniels, learn under Tom and to be a part of this great franchise and part of a very successful franchise,” Tebow said. “I found that out firsthand. I lost to them several times.”
Tebow then strolled off without taking questions.
Quite a contrast to Tebow’s introductory press session with the New York Jets last year. He spoke for 30 minutes at that gathering, moved from the normal media room to the team’s field house because the turnout was so large.
At 25, Tebow owns a Heisman Trophy, two college national championship rings and one NFL playoff victory, plus a global following based as much on his beliefs as his ballplaying.
With a rack of Super Bowl trophies in their possession, the Patriots want wins, not headlines.
Tebow joined the perennial playoff team for the first practice of its three-day minicamp. It’s uncertain whether the left-hander QB will last until training camp in late July or the first exhibition game on Aug. 9 at Philadelphia. And the season opener in Buffalo on Sept. 8 is still nearly three months away.
By that time, he might even have another position _ H-back, tight end or punt protector.
But at least he has an NFL job after signing with the Patriots on Tuesday. That prospect seemed to be a long shot when no team hurried to sign him after the Jets cut him on April 29, three days after they drafted quarterback Geno Smith out of West Virginia.
“We’ll try to do what we think is best for our football team,” Belichick said.
Might he be used on special teams on defense?
“We’ll see. I don’t know.”
What about people who have questioned his ability to play quarterback in the NFL?
“I’ve already said that,” Belichick he said. “I’ve answered the question twice. He’s a talented player who is smart and works hard.”