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Tim Tebow amused by the hysteria over his shirtless workout in the rain (video)

The mere mention of Tim Tebow can work people up into a frenzy. We have now learned that the image of the Jets quarterback running shirtless in the rain has the ability to work folks up to an even greater degree, as evidenced by the hysteria that ensued after an image documenting Tebow engaging in such an activity raced its way around the internet the other day.

The Jets quarterback laughed when asked about the hullabaloo that occurred following video and photographs of his shirtless rain workout was being reported on by the national media like it was an event of great import and not just some football player running in the rain who just so happened to be bare-chested.

“I mean, I can’t tell you how many times probably in Florida or Denver after practice I would do sprints back and forth with that and jog off the field and never think about it again,” Tebow said today. “And it would never get reported and now it does.

“Didn’t really think y’all would would be filming it and taking pictures,” he said.

Video of Tebow’s reaction as well as the now-infamous run follows.

Wow, would you get a look at that: a guy running in the rain. I guess in New York, where the media attention can be suffocating for an athlete, the coverage should be considered par for the course, although Tebow still finds it somewhat perplexing:

“Sometimes it does get a little comical and funny to me,” Tebow said of the attention. “It’s really not cliché, I just try not to think about it or worry about it or pay attention to it. I try to be myself and live as much of a normal life as I can without having any of this change who I am or what I am or why I do it. That’s something I kind of take pride in is not changing, especially my values, my pride, my faith, anything like that.

“But also just what I do, how I do it, try to be the same person all the time, try to be someone that’s authentic and genuine and real and not someone that does one thing in front of the cameras or be someone different around my teammates. … I don’t want to change based on what anyone writes on me.”

Tebow might as well get used to it because if he thinks for one second the attention will ebb anytime soon or will lessen as we get nearer to the NFL season, he is sorely mistaken. It will likely ramp up even more as the kickoff of the 2012 season nears. Fellow Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez probably wishes he was receiving half the attention his new teammate does.