As the New York Jets gear up to formally introduce newly acquired teammate Tim Tebow as their backup quarterback on Monday, many are wondering if the trade was either a blessed godsend or the foundation for a potential quarterback showdown.
Despite the mixed reactions, Tebow hit the town over the weekend. And as expected, the devout Christian abstained from the party scene and instead treated himself to his first-ever Broadway show, "Wicked," a playful spin on the children's tale "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
A tourist from Massachusetts who got a glimpse of the man himself told The Daily News, "He was very quiet. He was very demure. He was very respectful. And you know what? He watched the show. He’s very adorable.”
Tebow was also spotted being ever so "pleasant" while dining at Scarpetta in Chelsea, where the player "gave his blessing" to a couple enjoying their wedding engagement.
A far cry from the murderous nights on the town at now-closed Juliet Supper Club, where New York Giants have been known to get their party on.
And many are hoping the player remains with his G-rated ways. Concerned that Tebow will take a bite of the "rotten apple," Jets officials are reportedly attempting to persuade him to shack up across the river in New Jersey and near the team's practice facility, aka away from the bright, corrupting lights of the big city.
But Jets players from the past are warning Tebowmania is just a "marketing ploy." Former Jets lineman Damien Woody questioned, "How many times has a backup quarterback had a press conference? How many times have there been helicopters to meet a backup quarterback at the airport? The organization is saying he’s the backup quarterback. Well, then why do you feel like you have to have a press conference?"
Even legendary player Joe Namath has weighed in on the Tebow hype with a blunt, "It stinks," adding the trade was a "slap in the face."