Tebow explains his side of 'Wildcat' controversy

Jets backup admits frustration, but says he never asked out of his role. Terry McCormick

Print This December 26, 2012, 06:37 PM EST

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Tim Tebow explained his position in last week's controversy regarding reports that he asked out of the New York Jets' Wildcat package after being bypassed as the team's starting quarterback.

“I never said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do anything. I won’t do anything,‘” Tebow said via the New York Daily News. “That wasn’t the talk at all. He (Rex Ryan_ knows that. And everybody on this team knows that I would never not do something if I was asked. That’s what’s disappointing… People saying, ‘Oh, you quit.‘ That was not it at all. It was just me asking to get an opportunity to play the position I love, which is quarterback. It wasn’t me asking out of anything.”

Tebow said he expressed his frustrations to Ryan after Greg McElroy was named the starter, but said he wished that he had been "more clear" and that perhaps Ryan "misinterpreted" his message.

Tebow also spoke of frustrations on the attack on his character over the controversy that erupted.

“You work your whole life to build a reputation,“ Tebow said. “Then people try to bring you down when they don’t understand even what happened. It’s disappointing. You just want to express your side of the story.”

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