Panini America shows possible Tim Tebow card

Thu, Mar 22
Tebow Trading Card
Courtesy of Panini AmericaThis could be in the 2012 Prestige Football trading card collection.

As the New York Jets pulled off a Tebow-like comeback Wednesday night, getting the quarterback who turned the Denver Broncos from an also-ran into a playoff team last season and became the NFL's most talked-about player -- for a fourth- and sixth-round draft pick, Panini America's prepress department was busy creating a possible trading card for Tim Tebow as part of the 2012 Prestige Football trading card, which will be released in May.

"I'm thankful they [Jets] stuck with me through this whole crazy process," Tebow said during a call late Wednesday night, repeating several times that he was "excited" to be a member of the Jets and to play for coach Rex Ryan.

This also will be an adjustment for Tebow as he returns to a backup role. He became one of the most popular athletes in the nation last season, replacing Kyle Orton and leading the Broncos -- seemingly dead after a 1-4 start -- to an 8-8 record and the AFC West title. He did it with a run of miraculous finishes, one more improbable than the next.