The signing of free-agent rookies Jordan Rodgers and Matt Scott is not viewed as the answer to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback situation.
That goes double for a group of fans who posed the question: Why not Tim Tebow?
Shortly after he was given his release by the New York Jets a week ago, the Jacksonville native and Heisman Trophy winner at Florida became the subject of a petition on the White House’s “We The People” submission system.
The petition accused Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell of blocking the signing of Tebow and mentioned that “(if) the Jaguars sign & START Tebow, home games will be sold out, sales will spike, the team will win and the fans will be happy.”
But the petition turned out to be as fleeting as Tebow’s playing time behind Mark Sanchez. It was removed from whitehouse.gov because it was in violation of the site’s terms of participation.
Tebow’s last season at Florida was in 2009, a year before Rodgers transferred to Vanderbilt from Butte (Cal.) Community College. He did not play at all in the Jets’ 17-9 victory last December at Jacksonville, partly because he was recovering from two fractured ribs. That didn’t stop some fans in attendance from giving him a standing ovation when he sprinted on the field following halftime.
“I have some great memories in this stadium from Pop Warner to college,” he told afterward. “You always want to get in there and help your team as a competitor. We all want to play.”