Oh for Christ's sake, here we go again. Just when I thought the Patriot Way meant I wasn't going to have to continue to cover the NFL's own version of America's culture war, Robert Kraft brings us right back to the beginning.
Regarding the signing of Tim Tebow, Kraft had the following to say:
“He’s a winner, and the fact that spirituality is so important to him is very appealing to me,” Kraft continued.Kraft also labeled Tebow’s openly religious nature “an added dimension” that helped convince the Patriots to sign him to a two-year deal (with no guaranteed money) after five weeks on the NFL unemployment line.
Kraft even echoed the infamous comment by Jets owner Woody Johnson last summer that “you can never have enough Tebow” -- a comment Johnson came to regret after the Jets barely used Tebow during the regular season and then released him in April.
“You can’t have enough good people around you, and [Tebow] has the added dimension of spirituality being so important to him, and that personally appeals to me a lot,” Kraft said.
Kraft went so far as to compare the awkward lefthander favorably to fellow Patriot passers Tom Brady (he of the three Super Bowl rings) and top backup Ryan Mallett.
“Watching Tebow throw yesterday [in a minicamp workout], to me, he looked pretty good,” Kraft said. “It’s fun having him here. It’s nice to have three quarterbacks who can throw it really well.”
Not sure who on the Patriots needs to inject their ass with the dripping needle of "spirituality," so take your own best guess. Jets fans would probably put Bill Belichick at the top of that list, given that he's been fined for spying on opponents, contributed to the breakup of marriages, and was the Jets coach for about 15 minutes.
Of course, Jets fans don't exactly drink from the fountain of spirituality themselves. To them, Love They Neighbor somehow got lost in translation. In Jetspeak it means Go F#$@Yourself.