Jacksonville, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Former PGA Tour campaigner Dewey Arnette has admitted that he was the one behind the advertisement in the Monday edition of the Florida Times Union calling for the Jacksonville Jaguars to hire quarterback Tim Tebow.
Arnette, who tutored the likes of Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke and charges $400 an hour, said he shelled out $1,200 for the advertisement that says “Dear Mr. Khan. Sign Tim Tebow & we will fill the stadium!” The ad is signed by “The Citizens of Jacksonville.”
In the past six weeks, Arnette and his son John have gauged the reaction after holding up “Tebow to Jax” signs in Jacksonville’s San Marco Square and handing out Tebow T-shirts in the streets.
The Arnettes also have bought ads on radio stations and billboards around town, and have paid to have Tebow phrases written on airplane banners that have flown over stadiums.
Dewey Arnette even spent money to put “Tebow to Jacksonville” messages on place mats at the Metro Diner, a local hot spot. The owner of the diner, Arnette said, was so supportive, he gave Arnette a bigger ad than what he paid for.
Tebow, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 while at the University of Florida, played his high school ball in Jacksonville.
“I don’t want to come off as odd,” Arnette said. “The thing is, having done these things, I know how supportive people are of Tim Tebow around here. And our standards for the team are just so low right now.”
Tebow was a starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos before he moved to the Jets where he played sparingly. He was cut from the New England Patriots on Aug. 31.
For their part, the Jaguars, who have lost nine of their first 10 games this season, have seemed disinterested in Tebow.