With the addition of Tim Tebow to the Patriots roster, quarterback Tom Brady… (Charles Krupa / Associated…)
A day after the New England Patriots signed quarterback Tim Tebow, Tom Brady’s reaction could be summed up with a shrug.
“[I’m] just trying to focus on what I need to do and what I need to do to be a better player,” Brady said. “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.”
Brady said he’s not worried about the Tebow signing distracting the team.
“I’ve been around long enough to see all different kinds of things happen: trades, people being cut, guys joining the team, all the media attention with what happened in 2007” -- an apparent reference to Spygate and an 18-1 season -- “post-Super Bowls, tough losses. It comes with the territory. I think everyone is prepared to deal with some level of things that happen on a daily basis. To be mentally tough enough to push through and still be able to do your job at a high level is important.”
Patriots owner Robert Kraft said his first in-person look at Tebow came when the former University of Florida star was in college.
“I like to go to two or three college games; some of my sons and one of my grandsons loves to go,” he said. “We went down to Florida, I had a chance to see him play. I had a chance to see him play in the college championship game. I remember in the draft proces,s and we’ve had a chance to run into one another. He’s just first-class.”
Four years ago, when Michael Vick was a free agent, Kraft was asked about him and said: “Why would I ever want to take Tom Brady off the field?”
Said Kraft on Wednesday: “In my mind, we have the greatest quarterback of all time on our team, and every time he has the ball in his hands, we have a chance to do something great. Nothing has changed in that regard for me.”
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