Jets' Tebow insists he never asked out of wildcat

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm •  Published: December 26, 2012
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Tebow later added: "You work your whole life to build a reputation, and then people try to bring you down when they don't understand even what happened. It's disappointing."

Miami center Mike Pouncey, who played with Tebow at the University of Florida, walked through the Dolphins' locker room Wednesday saying: "Free Tim Tebow!"

That has been the sentiment among Tebow's many supporters, yet the popular backup has had a minimal role in the Jets' offense. He hasn't played a snap in four of the last five games, partially due to him recovering from two broken ribs, but he hasn't been the dynamic addition the Jets expected him to be. New York will either trade or release Tebow after one season.

When asked if he wanted to return to the Jets next season, Tebow said: "I'm looking forward to this game vs. Buffalo, and we've got to pull together and get a win."

Not exactly a ringing endorsement, especially from a guy who repeatedly said he was "excited" to be a member of the Jets when he was acquired from Denver last March.

"It's hard for Timmy, man," Pouncey said last week. "Timmy is a great player. He's a great friend of mine. I wish him nothing but success, and I know he's going through a hard time right now. I had the opportunity to talk to him after our last game and you could tell that he was upset and sad that he wasn't the starting quarterback up there. But I know that once he gets his opportunity he'll do the best he can.

"If the opportunity is not in New York with the Jets, it will be somewhere else. He's a guy who is never going to give up on anything, and I know he wants to be a starting quarterback in this league. And that day will come again for him."

NOTES: CB Antonio Cromartie and S LaRon Landry were selected to the Pro Bowl as backups on the AFC roster. It's the first time the Jets are sending two defensive backs — and it comes in a year in which star CB Darrelle Revis was lost early in the season with a knee injury. "When Revis went down, it speaks volumes to what guys took on and made sure everyone was being accountable," Cromartie said. "And our back end doing what they were supposed to do." Landry is the first Jets safety to go to the Pro Bowl since Erik McMillan went in 1988-89. LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson is a second alternate, while C Nick Mangold and KR Joe McKnight are third alternates.

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AP Sports Writer Steven Wine in Davie, Fla., contributed to this report.

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