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Will New York, LA eat up Tim Tebow?

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Will the spotlight eventually eat Tim Tebow alive?
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Tim Tebow is currently the hottest property in sports and he is fast becoming an up-and-comer in Hollywood as well.

The New York Jet is signed to the sports division of leading Hollywood agency CAA, but some fear the Tinseltown-type attention could jeopardize his game and wholesome Christian image.

The NFL sensation was even turned into a superhero "Super Tim" by Marvel Comics last year and has been romantically linked to the likes of Taylor Swift and "Glee" star Dianna Agron.

All-in-all, Tebow is now considered a "No. 1 get" for Manhattan and LA party planners, insiders told FOXNews.com.

But with that, he has become prey for the paparazzi, with the Jets reportedly trying to curb the attention.

"The Jets are trying to limit his endorsements and off the field commitments to ensure his focus remains on the field. If it becomes distracting, it could affect the team," an insider told FOXNews.com.

"There is definitely jealously among players if one starts earning too much money off-the-field, and after Tiger Woods, all sponsors and endorsers are increasingly skeptical," the source alleged.

But another source close to the athlete shot down the rumors as being "not true," and said the team wasn't trying to limit Tebow's endorsements or social presence.

Regardless, California-based publicist and sportswriter Angie Meyer said Tebow's image could be tainted by Tinseltown if he doesn't keep a relatively low profile.

"Athletes who mingle in Hollywood tend to lose both reliability and credibility from teammates, coaches and often times, fans," she said.

"If Tim Tebow wishes to remain a Christian role model, he must keep a far distance from Hollywood and celebrity . . . he should stay out of the tabloids completely," she added.

Lindsay McCormick, Comcast SportsNet Reporter, pointed out that the New York market is a completely different animal to Denver or even Florida, where Tebow started his career.

"It does come with a new set of temptations and challenges, but as long as Tebow keeps his priorities in the right order and focuses on bettering himself at the game of football he will keep the public's interest," McCormick said.

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