Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow spoke with reporters Thursday for the first time since being signed by the team.
"I think sometimes when things are taken away, then you don't realize how much fun it is to come out here and play this game," Tebow told reporters Thursday, according to USA Today. "You can't play it forever, so I'm going to enjoy it."
Tebow, 27, signed a one-year contract with the Eagles last month. He had worked out for the team in March but left Philadelphia without a contract.
Tebow also said that he has enjoyed playing for Chip Kelly.
"I really like him," Tebow said. "I think he's an innovator. He's someone that, wherever he's been, he's changed how the game has been played. It's really fun to play for someone like that."
Tebow has not played in a regular-season NFL game since 2012 with the New York Jets, when he was used primarily as a Wildcat running back. He was employed as a punt protector by the Jets. He was signed by the New England Patriots in 2013 but was cut during training camp.
Tebow started 14 regular-season games in two seasons with the Denver Broncos after he was selected in the first round of the 2010 draft. He was 7-4 in 2011 before helping the Broncos to a playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers with a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in overtime. He completed 10 of 21 passes in that game and nine of 26 passes in Denver's loss to the Patriots in the next round.
The Eagles have four quarterbacks on their 90-man roster: Tebow, Sam Bradford, Matt Barkley and Mark Sanchez. Bradford was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Rams this off-season in exchange for incumbent starter Nick Foles. Sanchez played with Tebow in New York.
Tebow spent 2014 working in television, as an analyst for the SEC Network and a correspondent for Good Morning America.
- Dan Gartland