FINDING TEBOW: Famous Backup QB Works Out Far from New York to Try and Recapture His Career

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After he won a playoff game with Denver last season, Tebow's third year in the NFL was quite the letdown. He completed just six passes all season, cracked his ribs and was passed over by Greg McElroy for a starting job once Rex Ryan decided to bench Mark Sanchez.

To most bystanders, Tim Tebow looks like just another runner training in the Arizona winter, sprinting up and down a track, building up an afternoon sweat.

He's wearing typical Tebow clothes -- blue shorts, a gray beanie and white v-neck -- in surprisingly chilly (50 degrees) Phoenix on Monday. A few students from Paradise Valley Community College meander by, but none realizes the most famous backup quarterback in the NFL is working out right in front of them.

It's a far cry from just six months ago, when Tebow couldn't even take off his shirt at Jets training camp without making national news. Now, after a disastrous season with the Jets, Tebow is practically a recluse, working hard to save his career, not knowing if, when or where it will continue.

"We're a long way from New Jersey," Tebow said wryly upon seeing the Daily News arrive at his workout 2,440 miles from MetLife Stadium.

The quarterback declined to speak formally, saying he's using this time after the season to work out and stay out of the spotlight. The goal, of course, is to get back in it.

The Daily News reported during the season that both the Jets and Tebow would try to end their relationship after the season. While the Jets' new GM, John Idzik, decides Tebow's fate, there's nothing the quarterback can do but train and wait.

That means running at the track at Paradise Valley, throwing at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale and lifting weights in between. On the track, Tebow has been working under British Olympic track coach Dan Pfaff, and alongside some British Olympians. They were surprised to see Tebow -- who was referred to Pfaff by a friend -- show up, but said his natural athletic abilities allowed him to fit right in.

"He was already quick and powerful, but he's got quicker because he's technically learning how to run better," said Greg Rutherford, who holds an Olympic gold medal in the long jump and also competes as a sprinter.

"He knows how to learn; he knows how to work," added Rutherford's teammate, Andrew Steele.

Hardly anything Tebow did on the track was football-specific. Like the runners, the Jets' QB performed standing jumps over hurdles and explosive dashes down the track. Compared to Rutherford, Tebow looked downright slow, but so would nearly every other man on the planet. Pfaff critiqued the QB's form and the other runners provided tips as Tebow demonstrated how to properly throw with an imaginary football.

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SOURCE: New York Daily News
Seth Walder
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