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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Tim Tebow unsure about future

05.10.13 at 7:51 am ET

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‘™¦ Free agent quarterback Tim Tebow, in his first public comments since being cut by the Jets, offered no information about where he might play in 2013 as he spoke to students at Lake Michigan College on Thursday.

“I don’t know what the future holds,” Tebow told a crowd of about 3,000 at the school in Benton Harbor, Mich., “but at the end of the day I know who holds my future.”

The Patriots were rumored to be a possible landing spot for Tebow, but a Thursday story by Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver indicated that, according to an organizational source, Bill Belichick “hates” Tebow as a player despite his outward affinity for the individual. The source said about the possibility of Tebow landing in New England: “No chance. Plus they wouldn’t like the circus that comes with it.”

Despite his lack of success in New York last year, Tebow this week was named America’s most influential athlete in a Forbes magazine poll.

“That’s a huge honor,” Tebow said Thursday. “I see it as a great responsibility to be a role model for future generations. That’s something I care about more than winning football games. If I can take the game of football and can transcend football, go to hospitals and make kids smile, I’ll be doing things that matter.”

Added Tebow: “What I want to do with my life is impact lives. When a kid in a hospital is fighting for his life and I’m trying to win a football game, what really matters? This game isn’t as important as a lot of us make it out to be. If I can give him a little bit of hope, I can do something that matters. That’s what I want my legacy to be about. That’s how I want to be remembered.”

‘™¦ Redskins owner Dan Snyder made it clear that he has not softened his opposition to changing the name of his team, despite growing criticism.

“We will never change the name of the team,” Snyder told USA Today. “As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season.”

Amanda Blackhorse, a Native American who has filed a federal trademark suit in an attempt to force a name change, told USA Today that she would dare Snyder to call her a redskin to her face.

“I think the best way is to just not comment on that type of stuff,” Snyder responded. “I don’t know her.”

‘™¦ With NBC announcing this week that Carrie Underwood is replacing Faith Hill as the singer for the “Sunday Night Football” theme song, Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 sports broadcast theme songs.

No. 1 is the Olympics theme music, followed by “Monday Night Football” and the NBA on NBC.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 10, 1999, which Red Sox player hit three home runs — including two grand slams — and collected 10 RBIs in a 12-4 rout of the Mariners at Fenway Park?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I have to make that one play and we win the game. One play ruined it all.” — Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, on his throwing error in the sixth inning that led to four unearned runs in Thursday night’s 5-3 loss to the Twins

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 — Consecutive power-play goals in the third period for the Senators in Thursday’s 6-1 rout of the Canadiens that ended their first-round playoff series

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Bulls guard (and former Celtic) Nate Robinson grabs the spotlight in the NBA’s latest “We Are All Watching” commercial.

Ohio University softball center fielder Alyssa Wolfe goes over the fence to make a game-ending catch vs. Miami (Ohio) in the Mid-American Conference tournament.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Nomar Garciaparra

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Danny Rapp, leader of Danny & the Juniors, was born on this day in 1941.

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