New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has paid tribute to Tim Tebow after the 26-year-old was cut by the organisation.
The former Florida Gator endured a pre-season of mixed fortunes, completing 11-of-30 in three appearances, with one interception and two touchdowns in his final outing against the New York Giants.
It wasn’t enough to earn a place on the 53-man roster, and it seems two-time Superbowl MVP will miss a man he became close to during his two-and-a-half months in Massachusetts.
"I enjoyed being around him very much. He's a very talented football player, and to have a chance to spend a couple months with him and kind of become a friend of his was a great thing,” said the QB during an interview on the 'Dennis & Callahan Show' on WEEI Sports Radio.
"Yesterday we were talking about a lot of the quarterbacks that have been through our team over the years, and everyone brings a unique skill set and attitude to the table, and I really enjoyed being with him."
Another man who will miss Tebow is Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
The 72-year-old admits he wanted the former Denver Bronco and New York Jet to make the cut, but knew he would always be on the edge of head coach Bill Belichick’s bubble.
"I love Tim Tebow and I very much wanted him on the team," Kraft said in an appearance on CBS.
"If you look, four of the last five years we've only carried two quarterbacks, and you know when a cut-down time comes, you need those last three, four positions for depth."
Tebow now has little time to find a new NFL team before the season begins on Thursday, and could spend time in the Canadian Football League to maintain his level of performance.
And, Brady even suggested that the QB could end up back at New England in the future, admitting football is a funny game and stranger things have happened.
"You never know, I mean, maybe things in the NFL always, you know, who knows who could be back on the team this year? But I wish him nothing but the best. He's really a great person and a great player," Brady added.