Security guards at the Jets’ practice facility had better get their beauty sleep Sunday, because Tim Tebow plans on beating them there Monday morning.
Fresh off hosting his annual charity golf tournament Saturday at the famed TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course, Tebow said he cannot wait for the start of Gang Green’s offseason program.
"I’m going to be there early, as in ‘crack-of-dawn’ early," the Jets’ lightning-rod offseason acquisition said. "This is what I’ve been waiting for since the trade happened, and I want to make a good impression."
Tebow said he is so excited about his new beginning after being abruptly dumped by the Broncos last month, he has been studying the playbook new Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano gave him for the Senior Bowl two years ago, when Sparano — then the Dolphins’ boss — coached Tebow’s side.
The Jets have not been able to give Tebow their current playbook because of new NFL rules strictly limiting teams’ access to players in the offseason.
Tebow also remains a bit in the dark because, somewhat understandably, he was not invited by Mark Sanchez to the workouts two hours away in Orlando that Sanchez held this week with Jets teammates Santonio Holmes, Dustin Keller and Patrick Turner.
"I kept [Sparano’s] Senior Bowl playbook — I keep everything — and I’ve been going over every page of it," Tebow said. "I’m sure a lot of it still applies, even though that was a couple of years ago. I’m also excited to see what [Sparano] has new planned for me."
Saturday’s charity tournament, which featured newly crowned Masters champion Bubba Watson, University of Florida coach Will Muschamp and even former Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst, was described by Tebow as one last respite before embarking on what he hopes will be a long Jets career.
Tebow said he was scheduled to fly from his home in nearby Jacksonville to New York on Sunday so he could be available to report bright and early to the Jets’ complex in Florham Park on Monday morning.
"It’ll be all [football] from here," Tebow said, although he added he hoped to play a couple of Donald Trump’s New York area golf courses when he gets the chance.