San Francisco 49ers star tight end George Kittle has explained why Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Tim Tebow wasn't invited to the Tight End University. Kittle claimed he has nothing against Tebow but he suggested that inviting him would might be unfair toward some other tight ends.
Tebow, a former quarterback in the NFL, was given a second chance this offseason when the Jaguars gave him a tryout at the tight end position. "If I can't invite every tight end, how do I not invite a second- or third-string guy on a team that's been playing tight end since he was 18 years old in high school?" Kittle said.
"Nothing against Tim Tebow. I hope that he has incredible success this year. I hope he has 10 touchdowns. I hope he has a great year, but it's hard for me to invite someone to this that just started playing the position when I can't invite a guy that's been playing it for eight to 10 years.
That's just hard for me."
Kittle didn't rule out inviting Tebow in the future
"I want everyone to come because I want everyone to learn, everyone to get better," Kittle said. "But we didn't really plan that every single tight end would want to come.
We thought we were going to get like 20, 25 guys max, and the next thing we knew we were at 45-50. Ran out of hotel rooms. Kind of ran out of space just in general. "Hopefully in the next coming years I can make it available to every single person and then any tight end that wants to come can show up, learn, get better and just take another step forward."
Recently, No. 1 overall pick from this past draft Trevor Lawrence spoke extremely highly of Tebow. "He looks great," Lawrence said on the AP Pro Football Podcast, per ESPN. "He's just a guy that you want to be around.
Character is awesome. Had a few conversations with him and I can already tell, and [he's] just a hard worker. No one is going to work harder than him. Those are the kind of guys you want in your locker room and you want to be around every day.
And then I'm excited to see what he can do on the field as well. We got in a few days and he looks great. He's in awesome shape."