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During a media conference call with Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Gene Smith today, it was revealed that in a poll of 800 Jags season ticket holders, 55 percent voted against the idea of the team drafting Tim Tebow -- in any round and in any capacity (this according to Jags beat writer Vito Stellino). This is an interesting wrinkle, because team owner Wayne Weaver has been quoted as saying that he'd be amenable to Tebow on the roster if the Florida Hero of Intangibles put butts in the seats.

"The game is such an important part of this community, and Tebow is such an iconic figure that people would legitimately think, 'Wouldn't it be great if he was a Jaguar,'" Weaver told the Associated Press last September. "I'd be silly to sit here and think that's not going to be a huge thing. Clearly there's going to be a groundswell for Tebow, and we'll have to make that evaluation if we have a draft pick that's going to be anywhere near him,"

Well, with the sample size alert in full effect, it would appear that the community isn't so sure. The Jags have lost thousands of interested fans in the last few years, and expected a full string of local TV blackouts even before the 2009 season began. That said, Weaver might want to take a step back before assuming that Tebow's arrival in teal and black would be some sort of panacea for those attendance issues. He may be the apple of every media member's eye these days, but as Tebow works to adjust his throwing motion and turn himself into the very model of a modern NFL quarterback, the fans don't appear to be quite so convinced. How much will teams beg off his "intangibles" if one of them isn't the ability to sell tickets? We can but wait and see...

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