Tim Tebow fends off 'quitter' label

New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow insisted Wednesday that he didn't ask out of running the team's wildcat plays last week. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Tim Tebow has been called a lot of things this season, but now he can add a fresh criticism to the list: quitter.

Tebow defended himself to ESPN New York after it was reported that he had asked out of Wildcat duties, claiming that he had merely gone to his coach to express frustration with his highly publicized lack of a role. Tebow admitted there may have been some misinterpretation as to Ryan's understanding of the conversation, but announced that it was "disappointing" for his character to be called into question.

"I never said, 'Hey, I don't want to do anything or I won't do anything,' " Tebow said. "That wasn't the talk at all.

"For people to not know the situation and to bash your character and say you're a phony, you're a fake and you're a hypocrite, I think that's what's disappointing and that's what's frustrating," he explained. "It's a football game. That's one thing, if you're good or bad at football, but your character and integrity, that's who you are as a man."

However, it seems Tebow can get comfortable on the sidelines again. Ryan announced earlier today that third string quarterback Greg McElroy could have a concussion and Mark Sanchez, not Tebow, would resume his starting duties in the season finale on Sunday.