New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez spoke out this week about the attention teammate Tim Tebow received last season.
Sanchez, who had been quiet about the hype that surrounding Tebow, offered his opinions to Fox Sports Radio in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The transcript of the interview was released Friday.
In particular, Sanchez said the media circus was more intense last year than it was when the Jets made it to consecutive AFC Championship games in 2009 and '10.
Sanchez insinuated that the Jets could have handled the situation better.
"I think part of that, too, is ESPN didn't necessarily sneak in overnight at our training camp," he said. "They had to get permission to go."
Sanchez said Tebow received more attention from the media than any other player he has been around.
"You can avoid that stuff on your own if you like, in my opinion, but he's a popular guy and people gravitate toward the guy," Sanchez said. "He's a special person and a heck of a competitor, so people want to know what's going on, but that's all I got on that."
The Jets are rumored to be talking to other teams in hopes of trading Tebow, who was seldomly used in the offense last season.