‘Tebowmania’ doesn’t concern Tom Brady

For a few years now, “Tebowmania” has gripped parts of the sports world and annoyed others, labeling Tim Tebow a distraction. Patriots starting quarterback Tom Brady could care less.

For Brady, one of the best quarterbacks in football, Tebow is just another teammate. He is looking to get ready for the season and help his team do well.

“[I’m just trying to focus on what I need to do and what I need to do to be a better player,” Brady told the LA Times. “Certainly any time a new teammate comes in, you welcome them, try to do whatever you can to help them fit in and understand what we need to do.”

A 14-year veteran of the NFL, Brady has had to deal with the media on many occasions, both as part of the team and in his personal life with his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, and their children. As a high-profile athlete and oft-considered one of the best quarterbacks of all time, Brady knows how to stay focused on the job and not let a distraction deter him from the Patriots’ goal of returning to the Super Bowl. The Patriots have not won the Super Bowl since they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the game in 2004, their third in four years at the time.

A member of the Patriots’ division rival New York Jets last year, Tebow signed with the Patriots yesterday and has expressed his excitement at this opportunity to play for the franchise.

“It’s such an honor to be a Patriot and play for Coach Belichick and for Coach McDaniels,” Tebow told USA Today. “To learn under Tom (Brady) and be a part of this great franchise, a part of a very successful franchise. I found out first-hand I lost to them several times.’

He is, of course, referring to his days with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.

The coach of the Jets, Rex Ryan, did discuss Tebow’s signing with the rival Patriots with the media, Yahoo! Sports reported. He gave his own opinion as to how he hopes the Patriots use Tebow:

“If they want to replace Brady with him, that’s fine.”

Sadly for the Jets, that won’t be happening.