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Tim Tebow: Merril Hoge Says Tebow Should Be A Running Back

Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ,  New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) carries during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Met Life Stadium.  Panthers won 17-12. Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) carries during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Met Life Stadium. Panthers won 17-12. Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

First, WFAN radio host and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason said Tim Tebow should just be a special teams player for the New York Jets. Now, former NFL running back and current ESPN analyst Merril Hoge is calling for Tebow to be used at running back rather than quarterback.

"With Tim Tebow I know they are going to pull out the Wildcat, but right now they need power football. Move him to running back, establish that . . . He is big and strong and powerful. His heart is a 10. I think he should be a guy who is going to get some carries."

Tebow, as he usually does with negativity, deflected Hoge's comments. [Full Tebow transcript]

"Well I will take that as a compliment from him. I am a quarterback first and foremost and however else I can help the team, I will help the team. I think some things are just playing football and I think some things are position specific," Tebow said.