Tim Tebow Wise to Respect Jets and Refrain from Demanding Trade or Release

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Former Florida Gator and New York Jet Tim Tebow attends the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Florida Gators and the Louisville Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After being traded to the New York Jets for fourth and sixth-round picks, young quarterback Tim Tebow was excited for the opportunity to contribute in New York City, but the deal hasn’t worked out like many thought it would.

Regardless of the lack of playing time afforded to Tebow this season—six completions for 39 yards and 32 carries for 102 yards—the young man is handling the situation correctly and is wise to refrain from demanding a trade or release.

The situation is even easier for a player like Tebow to deal with because the franchise is already actively shopping the star and formulating a plan if he can't be traded, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Despite doing everything asked of him by the Jets organization and the coaching staff, Tebow was shown little respect, was mislead in terms of playing time and was not given the chance to start when No. 1 QB Mark Sanchez faltered.

Instead of launching into a public tirade, calling out New York for the team’s obvious mistreatment of the former starting quarterback, Tebow has remained a pillar of strength in the face of adversity and continues to handle himself with class and dignity.

Tebow told the Fox Business Network (via Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger) about how he views his time in New York and what’s next for the enigmatic QB:

I don’t have any regrets. I believe everything happens for a reason. I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future and in that there is a lot of peace and a lot of comfort.

While none of the great things Tebow does off the field for charity and the betterment of the world can help his flawed football mechanics, his attitude and winning spirit are contagious.

The unique leadership qualities that Tebow possesses are unteachable, and teams should be looking to snag the captain on his attitude alone.

Everything he can add on the football field when utilized correctly will be a great bonus.

As much as the Jets claim he wouldn’t have added much to their offense, the undeniable success the QB had in Denver speaks for itself. Head coach Rex Ryan and the entire New York organization were wrong in the way they treated Tebow.

Whether it’s as a sub in the Wildcat formation or as an every-down starter, Tebow deserves a spot in the NFL with a team that can utilize his strengths and protect his weaknesses.

By refraining from attacking the New York front office or management, Tebow has ensured that the next team considering signing him will understand exactly what kind of player, and more importantly, what kind of man they'll be acquiring.