Brady Quinn has apologized for his comments about Tim Tebow that were put in a GQ article this past week. Quinn apologized via Twitter explaining his “disappointment with the writer” for taking his comments out of context.
Brady Quinn’s comments were featured in a GQ article by Michael Silver on Tebowmania, “The Year of Magical Stinking: An Oral History of Tebow Time.” The article was written on the miracle of Tim Tebow’s success despite his terrible passing game through quotations from NFL professionals like analysts from ESPN and the NFL Network, various current NFL players and team managers as well as different coaches. Brady Quinn’s first comment gives way to how he felt about being leapfrogged by Tebow when former Denver QB was hurt. “I felt like the fans had a lot to do with that. Just 'cause they were chanting his name. There was a big calling for him. No, I didn't have any billboards. That would have been nice.” Brady Quinn also seems to undermine Tebows talent by saying, about the team, “we’eve had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply.”
The article also addresses Tebow’s “over the top Christianity” and how it has made some other players feel. Brady Quinn was quoted that he felt Tebow wasn’t very humble about his religion because of the way he flaunts it in front of the camera. “If you look at it as a whole, there’s a lot of things that just don’t seem very humble to me. When I get that opportunity, I’ll continue to lead not necessarily by trying to get in front of the camera and praying but by praying with my teammates, you know?” However, Brady Quinn wasn’t the only one who felt the need to question Tebow’s ways of praise; Nick Barnett, linebacker for the Buffalo Bills, was also quoted in the article as saying, “I think it does rub some of the guys the wrong way. For a lot of Christians, using football as a measuring stick of how good God is—it’s not necessarily what you’re supposed to be doing.”
Though Brady Quinn blames the writer for taking his comments out of context, it does seem that he is being singled-out. As exemplified by Barnett’s comment, it’s any wonder why Quinn is the only one being chastised. Shawne Merriman, also a Buffalo Bill’s linebacker said in the article, “His teammates are making him look a lot better than he is,” and Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens said, “It’s just crazy that we’re calling him a phenomenon when basically he’s mediocre.”
Brady Quinn has apologized via his Twitter, saying that his comments in the article “are in NO WAY reflective of my opinion of Tim.” Brady Quinn added, “I apologize to anyone who feels I was trying to take anything away from our Team’s or Tim’s success this season.”