A Tim Tebow rally in Florida didn't live up to expectations Monday afternoon, with just a handful of supporters showing up at EverBank Field in Jacksonville as part of an organized attempt to get the franchise to draft the former NFL quarterback.
The disappointing rally was part of a multi-month campaign Jacksonville Jaguars fans led that included a failed White House petition
aimed at getting the franchise to sign the 26-year-old Christian free agent.
Fans surrounded the Jaguar statue outside the stadium holding signs that said "JAGS TEBOW WHY NOT?"
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On the website Jags-Tebow.com
, the organizers of the initiative described the disappointing showing as "a start."
Organizers claim that there were 100 supporters at the rally, despite that photos depict about 20 supporters. The protesters say they plan on building a stronger following by holding rallies every Monday between 5 and 7 p.m. until the Jaguars hire Tebow.
"The rally allowed our 'jags tebow why not?' organizers to meet & begin to coordinate the effort," the website read. "The tailgate event was a more of a relaxed cook out. But let there be no mistake. We are like cockroaches in that for each one that you see there are 50 you don't see. We have hundreds of volunteers yet to be deployed as organizers were overwhelmed with calls, text and emails."
Despite the supporters' determination to get Tebow signed, the Jaguars' upper management is apparently not listening.
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"I can't imagine a scenario where (Tebow) will be a Jacksonville Jaguar," David Caldwell, who became the team's general manager in January, told The Associated Press.
Tebow was cut by the New England Patriots at the end of August
, just two months after he signed a two-year, non-guaranteed contract with the franchise.
Prior to his brief stint with New England, Tebow had been released by the New York Jets
, where he spent most of the time on the bench despite the poor performance of the team's starter, Mark Sanchez.
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