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Tim Tebow Wanted To Play For Rex Ryan Ever Since Seeing 'Hard Knocks'

At first glance, Tim Tebow to the New York Jets doesn't seem like a perfect match -- straitlaced, Christian quarterback playing for Rex Ryan, the impulsive, foul-mouthed head coach. But Tebow said in a conference call last night that he's actually excited to play for Ryan, the controversial head honcho for Gang Green.

“I wanted to play for Coach Ryan ever since I saw ‘Hard Knocks,’” Tebow said. "He just seemed like a coach who loves football and is passionate about the game of football. He’s definitely a players’ coach. I just love that about him.

“I have so much respect for Coach Ryan. He’s a coach you want to play for, a coach you want to go out there and do good for. ... There’s not many NFL locker rooms you’re going to go where you have the cleanest language, so I’m not too worried about that.”

Tebow also praised Mark Sanchez, the incumbent quarterback in New York, saying he wasn't daunted by the prospect of competing for playing time with the Jets' new $40.5 million man.

“I think we’re both extremely competitive," Tebow said. "I think we’ll be able to push each other to get a lot better. I think we’ll have a great working relationship, and we’ve had a great relationship off the field. He’s such a classy guy. I’ll be very honored to call him my teammate.”

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