by Aaron Wilson
September 04, 02013
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was pulling for quarterback Tim Tebow to make the team.
Alas, it didn't work out as the Patriots kept only two quarterbacks: Tom Brady and backup Ryan Mallett.
“I love Tim Tebow and I very much wanted him on the team,” Kraft told CBS This Morning. "If you look at four of the last five years, we've only carried two quarterbacks. And when a cut-down time comes, you need those last three or four positions for depth, and we happen to have, I think, the finest quarterback in the history of the game, and he's not going off the field except by injury. We have a great second-string quarterback.
"When he came in he came in as the third quarterback and we were all rooting for him. And life takes funny turns, so no one knows what's going to happen in the future, but whatever he does I know he's going to be a great success off the field and I'm rooting for him to get his opportunity on the field as well."
Kraft was asked about whether Tebow could play another spot besides quarterback to forge a niche in the NFL.
"I think he wants to be a quarterback," Kraft said. "And who's to say he won't get his opportunity? To have a guy like that in the locker room, the kind of person he is, the way he conducts himself."
Could Tebow return to New England in the future?
"We never know what's going to happen," Kraft said. "You're one play away at all times from your whole game changing. I haven't met a finer young man and this is my 20th season."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.