Is the Big Apple big enough for two celebrity quarterbacks?
Sure, you've got Eli Manning of the New York Giants and Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets. They've shared the Broadway spotlight just fine.
Enter Tim Tebow.
In a recent deal penned between the Denver Broncos, Tebow's old team, and the New York Jets, Tebow-mania is coming down from the Rockies and heading east into the media hub of America.
And the media craze lived up to its reputation right away. ESPN.com writes that, in terms of volume, Tim Tebow's introductory press conference on Monday was the largest news conference in the history of the New York Jets' franchise. Tebow stood in front of a myriad reporters and photographers for 32 minutes, answering various questions that were mostly about a potential quarterback controversy between Tebow and Sanchez (who by the way recently signed a three-year contract extension with the Jets).
Tebow handled the provoking questions well, reassuring Jets fans that he is not out to steal Sanchez's starting quarterback job.
"We talked about that, just supporting one another in our roles. I'm excited about that opportunity. I think we'll have a great relationship and hopefully we'll be able to thrive together," said Tebow, reported by CBS New York.
According to ESPN.com, Jets head coach Rex Ryan has affirmed that Sanchez will remain the starting quarterback. Ryan said that Tebow could see the field for as many as 20 plays a game, a very large number for a backup quarterback.
ESPN.com reports that Ryan was not present for Tebow's first Jets press conference, and neither was General Manager Mike Tannenbaum or owner Woody Johnson. The focus was solely on Tim Tebow.
The Washington Post reports that Sanchez stayed away from the conference as well. Despite Tebow moving into Sanchez's territory and potentialy stealing snaps from him as quarterback, Sanchez only had good things to say about his new teammate in a conference call he made five hours after Tebow spoke.
"He's a great guy, a great competitor, and he's going to make a great teammate," said Sanchez.
When asked about a brewing QB controversy, Sanchez cooly replied,
"We're adding another player and we're not replacing anybody. I'm not worried about losing my spot."
Sanchez has been known to have off games during his career, causing many to wonder if disgruntled Jets fans will chant Tebow's name at games if Sanchez fails to deliver. But everyone who spoke on this deal assured fans that Tebow's popularity will not jettison him to the face of the franchise. Tebow, for now, is willing to accept that.
"I'm excited to be a Jet and help this team in any way that I can in whatever my role is."
But his name will still appear next to Sanchez on the marquee. This show opens come training camp, and knowing Tebow, it will run for a while.