ATLANTA — Tim Tebow’s first season with the New York Jets began with some hazing.
In 2012, Jets quarterbacks Greg McElroy and Mark Sanchez welcomed the Florida legend to the film room with a replay of the 2009 SEC Championship Game, which the Gators dropped to McElroy’s Alabama team.
Tebow didn’t get the joke, though.
“Tim being the competitor he was, we watched the whole thing,” McElroy, now an SEC Nation analyst, said on Friday afternoon. “Me and Mark were like, ‘Alright, dude, it was a joke, man. Seriously. Tim.'”
McElroy added that Tebow was “talking to himself all the way through the game” and muttering apologies to former Gator teammates.
When reminded of the incident on Friday, Tebow let out a big laugh, and launched into a lengthy explanation of why Florida lost six years ago (basic point: “We didn’t show up”).
His opponent that day looked back with a little more fondness.
“Some of my favorite memories at Alabama were around the SEC championship game,” McElroy said. “The national championship’s great. But to tell you the truth: you can’t enjoy it as much because there’s so much hoopla and so many distractions. The SEC championship game is fantastic.”