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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Tebow looks forward to Jacksonville return

By James Walker

New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow is popular everywhere. But the place where he's most famous is in Jacksonville, Florida.

Tebow is a Jacksonville native who won a Heisman Trophy and two national championships with the Florida Gators in nearby Gainesville. There was Tebow-mania in northern Florida years before there was Tebow-mania anywhere else.

Tebow will make his return to Jacksonville Sunday when the Jets (5-7) travel to play the Jaguars (2-10). Tebow is recovering from two fractured ribs but is making progress. Jacksonville reportedly removed one tarp this week due to increased ticket sales.

"It’s definitely a lot of fun," Tebow told reporters this week. "I have a lot of family and friends who will be there. Jacksonville will always be a special place to me. It’s where I grew up and where a lot of my family still calls home."

Tebow hopes to be in uniform. Jets head coach Rex Ryan named Mark Sanchez the starter for Sunday, but Tebow could still play a role in New York's Wildcat package if he's healthy.

Tebow has been dealing with injured ribs since New York's Week 10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He hasn't done much since and has four games remaining to make an impact.

"You just go one day at a time," Tebow said. "For me, [I'm] just trying to heal, learn the game plan and get a little bit better each day."