New England Patriots quarterback (must…resist…air quotes) Tim Tebow took some time on Friday to talk about Aaron Hernandez and Urban Meyer. As has been well-documented, both Tebow and Hernandez played for Meyer at the University of Florida. Ever since Hernandez was charged with murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, Meyer has been subjected to criticism, a situation which Tebow finds unfair.
Here’s Tebow on his former coach (via ESPN):
I feel like Coach Meyer is a great man, one of the best I’ve had the privilege of being around. He is someone that not only tries to win football games; he’s someone who tries to invest in young men’s lives and help young men grow. He cares very deeply about that. That’s one of the reasons I’m so close to him and so proud of him.
Tebow also briefly talked about Aaron Hernandez, though understandably restrained himself from being too candid:
It’s just heartbreaking and sad, and all my thoughts and prayers go out to all the families that were involved. I understand why you have to ask all the questions; that’s part of doing your job. Part of mine is listening to instruction, and we’ve been told not to talk about it.
Unfortunately, on the football side of things, it doesn’t seem like his practice went all that well.