By The Numbers: Tim Tebow
With Tebow having spent the first six years of his adult football life in either Denver or Gainesville, Fla., many are wondering how "Tebowmania" will adapt to the bright lights of the biggest city of all.
For now, you can get to know the newest Jet a little better as we take a look at Tim Tebow...By The Numbers.
8,500: Approximate distance, in straight miles, between New York City and Makati City, Phillippines, where Tim Tebow was born. On August 14, 1987, Pamela Tebow gave birth to her youngest baby boy while accompanying her husband on a missionary trip to the islands that are a full 12 time zones ahead of the Big Apple.
55: SEC-record number of total touchdowns Tebow accounted for in his 2007 Heisman Trophy season at Florida. His 20 rushing TD in SEC play was also a record.
25: Overall pick where the Broncos selected Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
14: Besides Tebow, 13 other quarterbacks were selected in that same draft. Rams starter Sam Bradford was No. 1 overall, and of the 12 taken in later rounds, five have started at least one game, another three have at least one passing attempt on their record, and three more have seen the field either as a holder or under center without throwing a pass. Only Sean Canfield, a seventh-round pick of the Saints out of Oregon State, has not seen official NFL game action.
1: In his rookie season of 2010, Tim Tebow was No. 1...in jersey sales. Tebow's No. 15 Broncos jersey was purchased more than any other player's that season.
6'3", 236: Tim Tebow's height and weight as listed on NFL.com. According to the official measurements listed there, if Tebow were used solely as a running option by the Jets, he would be the tallest and second heaviest (he is four pounds lighter than FB John Conner) back on the Jets roster.
5.4: Tim Tebow gained 660 yards on 122 rushing attempts last season, an average of 5.4 yards per carry. By contrast, the only two Jets with more than 50 attempts, Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson, averaged 4.2 and 3.7 respectively.
6: Number of rushing touchdowns Tebow scored in 2011. That total would have tied him for the Jets' team lead with Greene and Mark Sanchez.
1/2: Tim Tebow threw just six interceptions in the 2011 regular season - three of which (or one-half) came in the same game, a 40-14 loss to Buffalo in Week 15.
8-5: Counting the playoffs, this was Tim Tebow's record as the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos in 2011. Add in his 1-2 record at the end of 2010, and Tebow is 9-7 overall as a starter.
80: Total yardage on the final piece of "Tebow Magic" in 2011, a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime that pushed the Broncos past the Steelers in the AFC Wild Card Round.
4: From Weeks 11-14 of the 2011 season, Tebow led the Broncos to four straight come-from-behind victories in the fourth quarter or overtime. Adding in the comeback win over Miami in his first 2011 start and one against Houston in 2010, Tebow had six total in his first 11 starts - an NFL record. He also has that overtime victory against Pittsburgh in the 2011 playoffs, although the Broncos never trailed in that game.
3, 1, 6: Tebow, a devout Christian, could tell you that the Bible verse most linked to the NFL is John 3:16. In that playoff win over the Steelers, those numbers came up quite a bit. Tebow threw for 316 yards on ten attempts, his subsequent 31.6 yards per completion average set an NFL record for a playoff game, and the peak Nielsen rating for the game was also 31.6.
125.6: Tebow's passer rating in that playoff game, a Broncos franchise record for a postseason contest.
$6.2 million: The salary advance given to Tebow by the Broncos prior to the 2011 season, a figure that became the main monkey wrench in talks after the Jets originally agreed in principle to acquire the quarterback from Denver.