Tebowing brothers talk of town after trade

March, 23, 2012
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As he checked Twitter on his cell phone during his eighth-period class on Wednesday, Riverhead High School senior Tyler Carroll read that Tim Tebow had been traded to the Jets.

Just three months earlier, Carroll, along with his brother, Connor, had both been suspended one day for "Tebowing" in the Long Island school's hallways, while friends Jordan Fulcoly and Wayne Drexel eventually had their suspensions overturned.

Now, Tebow was the newest quarterback in town.

"We were all in the same class and I turned and told them. At first, everyone was shocked, then everybody was asking us if we were going to be Tebowing again," Tyler said. "Who would have thought three months ago that now he'd be in New York?"

For the Carroll brothers, who both played football for Riverhead, they believe the trade of Tebow to the Jets brings their story full circle after their suspensions in December. They said talk of their Tebowing exploits has picked up in the days after the trade.

"People have been saying we're the reason that the trade happened, which is obviously ridiculous," Tyler joked. "This is definitely ironic."

The suspensions for the brothers led to national attention, with Tebowing becoming a nationwide trend. The school's administration claimed that the act led to blocking of the hallways and it could have presented safety problems, as others were joining in. The brothers and their two friends said they had been Tebowing for several days and were doing it to honor Tebow in a lighthearted way.

Connor remembered how the story caught fire seemingly overnight, and there were about four news trucks outside of the Long Island school the following day. Tyler recalled how the house's phone kept ringing and plenty of media outlets wanted to talk to the brothers.

"The whole experience that came from the Tebowing and the national attention, that experience was unreal, and to think he came to New York, that's crazy," Tyler said. "I would have never expected that to blow up as big as it did and I didn't expect Tebow to be in New York three months ago."

With Tebow in town, the brothers are back in the spotlight. Tyler said that they get referred to as the "Tebowing Kids" and lots of their peers on Long Island know the story and who they are, even those who live in a different town. Connor added that it's part of their legacy at the school.

"Everybody has been coming up to us, our classmates, some security guards, our teachers, asking if we are going to do it again," Connor said. "But we're not going to do it, definitely not in the hallways. Maybe if Tebow comes out to Riverhead, we could do one with him."

The 17-year-old brothers said they would like to meet Tebow, if that opportunity ever arose, but were not expecting to meet him. When they were suspended, Tebow told the Associated Press that if they had good intentions, he commended them for being different, but they also needed to respect authority.

"It would be an amazing honor to meet him," Connor said.

While the Carroll brothers are now tied to the Jets, they want to set the record straight on one thing. Yes, they like Tebow and will continue Tebowing as a sign of support, but there's another team in New York that they want to see do well. And that teams wears blue.

"At our reunions, we're always going to be connected to this, and we like him and it's cool he's in New York with other great role models," Connor said. "I'm still hoping that the Giants can be better than the Jets."

Click here to read our original story about the Tebowing incident

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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