If you haven’t caught wind of this yet, Ravens LB Ray Lewis conducted an ESPN Radio interview that just came across our news desk and included some compelling comments on Broncos rookie QB Tim Tebow‘s popularity.
It was Tebow, of course, who dominated the headlines leading up to last month’s draft, and his immense popularity already is proving itself on the NFL level as his jersey was the top seller on NFLShop.com in April.
Lewis was candid Thursday when asked by Colin Cowherd if he was shocked by how big the Tebow story became leading up to and during the draft.
“The thing I was more shocked by, is you see all the people who were willing to help him,” Lewis responded. “I don’t know many people who were willing to help other athletes like that. Jon Gruden loved him to death. You see all these people who took out their personal time to really work with him and make this big issue, big issue, big issue. I don’t know why he was any different than anyone else. Every young child has that dream, that same dream that Tebow had. So I don’t know why he was bigger … than any of the other guys.
“He went to a big program, and, yes, he might be a favorable person, but nobody else in the league, definitely not veteran players, see themselves differently than any other player.”
Lewis clearly takes issue with the aspect that Tebow — a rookie — has received special attention but stopped short of saying he would be a target because of it.
“The target is always simple,” Lewis said. “You play this game for one reason. You play this game to find people’s weaknesses. If he is going to be a target … basically he plays the quarterback position, so, from my position, the target is just hit him in the mouth and keep rolling.”