Tim Tebow stays out of Quran-burning controversy as he prepares to come home
Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will return to his hometown of Jacksonville for his first NFL regular season game on Sunday, but for now Tebow said he's focused solely on football and not weighing in on the controversy surrounding a planned burning of the Muslim holy book Quran by a Gainesville church.
“I heard about it on the news,'' Tebow said during a teleconference Thursday when asked if he had any knowledge of the situation. "But right now I’m just focused on this week’s game and that’s about it.”
A first-round draft choice of the Denver Broncos, Tebow said he expects to have many friends and family there, but was unsure of how many.
"I’ll have some support there, which will be nice to have some family there, so I’m looking forward to that,'' he said.
He said opening his NFL career in his hometown is "not necessarily how I envisioned it.'' He deftly dodge the question of whether he'll be disappointed if he isn't activated for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
“I’m just going to do whatever my role is and whatever coach asks me to do,'' Tebow said. "I’m excited about that and I’ll do it with all of my ability. Whether that’s just running the scout team and making sure those guys give them a good look then that’s what I’ll do.”