NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tim Tebow was visiting another NFL city when he heard about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones panning his skills during a secretly recorded conversation.
Tebow laughed it off.
"I really haven't even thought about it," he said. "I don't even take that as an offense. He's just having fun."
The former Florida star made his remarks before he was to deliver a speech at Lipscomb University's second annual Don Meyer Evening of Excellence fundraiser on Saturday night.
During a 47-second, cell-phone video that recently hit the Internet, Jones was critical of former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells and said Tebow would "never get on the field" if Dallas selected him in the upcoming NFL draft.
Jones has since clarified his comments, saying he has "special" feelings toward Parcells and calling Tebow "an outstanding young man." He said he simply meant the Cowboys already have three quarterbacks and don't plan on taking one in the draft, which begins Thursday.
Tebow, who said he hasn't seen the Jones video, has been one of the most scrutinized NFL prospects since the college season ended. Some analysts have suggested he might be suited to another position at the next level.
"I respond to those critics the same way I've responded to them since I was 6 years old – just go work a little harder and do a little bit better," Tebow said, "and honestly not listen to them too much because they're usually not the ones out there playing, and they're usually not the ones out there coaching."
Even with all the extra attention, Tebow said he has enjoyed the process of being evaluated by NFL teams.
"It's everything I love to do, because I love playing football, and I love what I do," he said. "So it hasn't been stressful. It's been fun."