Tim Tebow reportedly told Rex on Friday he'd play

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Updated: Dec. 24, 2012 at 11:47 a.m.

After 14 consecutive frustrating weeks, Tim Tebow gave up. He didn't want to be part of the New York Jets' circus anymore. He reportedly didn't want to be part of the team's Wildcat package, and told coach Rex Ryan about it.

Tebow's actions aren't that surprising. NFL players -- like all employees -- often act selfishlessly when they feel wronged or when they see their time at the company ending. (Hello, Jacksonville.) But asking not to play is still a striking story because this is Tebow, often held on an unfair pedestal as a selfless teammate. In the worst of times, he acted like anyone else.

ESPN's Adam Schefter followed up on the story Monday, saying that Tebow's relationship with Rex Ryan was "strained" early in the week, but Tebow told Ryan by Friday that he was then willing to play. This information comes from Tebow. By then, it was too late. The entire sequence was weak sauce by Tebow.

Imagine the reaction if, say, Dez Bryant or Alex Smith thought they were owed playing time and told coaches they no longer wanted to contribute. Tebow was asked after the game when he was told he wouldn't play.

"It just kind of happens," Tebow said.

The entire Tebow era in New York was regrettable. Most of the blame falls on the Jets for making the move in the first place and how they handled it after the fact. Tebow did not cover himself in glory, however, with his actions last week. Perhaps he heard from too many indignant fans and media members that felt Tebow was wronged. He started to believe it. By the end of last week, it sure sounds like Tebow regretted his behavior.

The entire saga has been a disappointment and Tebow didn't rise above it.