Tebow fans want woeful Jaguars to sign hometown star

Carlito Salud came to EverBank Field on Monday for a rally to encourage the Jaguars to sign Tim Tebow.
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 7:40 AM
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In what organizers hope will become a weekly event, a small group of Tim Tebow fans held a tailgate party at EverBank Field on Monday imploring the Jacksonville Jaguars to sign the unemployed quarterback.

The gathering started at 3:16 p.m. in honor of the John 3:16 biblical verse that Tebow used to paint in his eyeblack when he played at Florida. It was scheduled to last about 3 hours, 16 minutes. About 40 people showed up.

Organizers set up a tent outside the stadium, served grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, and said they hope to do it every Monday.

They had planned to set up their tent at the Jaguar statue at the stadium, but moved back after stadium security objected to them gathering there. The group did pose for a picture at the statue.

Tebow is a free agent after being cut by the New England Patriots at the end of training camp. Before that, the former Nease High and University of Florida quarterback was cut by the New York Jets.

Casey Jones, a season ticket holder and member of the Champions club, a volunteer organization of Jaguars season ticket holders who attempt to sell tickets, suggested to group founder James Stewart that they gather at the stadium.

Stewart, a retired Marine who started a Web site called jags-tebow.com, had signs reading, “JAGS TEBOW, WHY NOT?’’

Saying that the Jaguars are struggling at quarterback, “this is a perfect time to bring in Tebow,’’ said Stewart, who said he is not a season ticket holder.

Bob Hovey, a pastor at Sun Life Church in Riverside, was wearing a Tebow Denver Broncos jersey. He said signing Tebow would be a good idea for the Jaguars.

Another fan, who declined to give his full name, is against the idea of the Jaguars bringing in Tebow, and showed up to debate the Tebow fans.

Though the Jaguars are 0-2 and have the worst record in the NFL in their past 37 games (7-30), they are unlikely to be swayed by the Tebow fans. The team is spending the week on the West Coast between games against Oakland and Seattle, and team executives weren’t at the stadium Monday.

Tebow was still with the Jets when Dave Caldwell was named the Jaguars general manager last January. At the time, Caldwell said he had no interest in signing Tebow, “even if he is released.’’

One fan, Jon Arnette, who said he gave up his season tickets this year, acknowledged that Caldwell is unlikely to change his mind, but didn’t like the GM’s comment.

“That’s the only thing he’s known for so far in his regime,’’ he said.

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delcameraguy 09/17/13 - 08:05 am
Change is good

I like Tebow, but he needs to learn from the past. There was once a college quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy and came into the pros with a lot of media. He didn't do well until he got a coach who made him realize that his skills as a quarterback were not good enough for the pros. But he became a good running back who scored a lot of touchdowns and who was always a threat to throw an option pass, which he did often. He is in the Hall of Fame today. Jags! Grab Tebow and turn him into another Paul Hornung.

Riverman1 09/17/13 - 10:28 am
Cameraguy, for the life of

Cameraguy, for the life of me, I couldn't think of Paul Hornung. He was a great player for Vince Lombardi. Great point. Billy Cannon, the great LSU running back, also moved to tight end.

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Just My Opinion 09/17/13 - 11:38 am
Oh, good grief! Why can't

Oh, good grief! Why can't people see the obvious? Tebow has been given PLENTY of chances to prove himself, and nobody sees any type of QB talent or potential. If the Jags do throw some money at Tebow in order to appease some fans...and in so doing, finally put an end to thid...then by all means please sign him! Maybe that'll put a stop to it.
It really has gotten embarassing for the guy. Hey, I've got an idea...why doesn't his old college coach/mentor, Urban Meyer, hire Tebow as his QB coach at Ohio?

GiantsAllDay 09/17/13 - 01:03 pm
The last week before the

The last week before the regular season, many back up quarterbacks were cut from their respective squads. None of this made any national news. Why the interest in Tebow is beyond me. What's his connection to Augusta GA? He is not an NFL caliber QB. Give it a rest already.

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