Fourth-quarter heroics part of Tebow's improvement

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Fourth-quarter heroics part of Tebow's improvement

FOXBORO -- When Bill Belichick went to Gainesville to work out Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Spikes before the 2010 NFL Draft, he also met with Tim Tebow, and worked him out as well.

While Belichick and Tebow learned different things about each other at that time, it's highly unlikely that Belichick could have ever predicted what Tebow's done for the Denver Broncos in the last couple of weeks. The magic that Tebow has possessed in the fourth quarter this season would be impossible to capture in a pre-draft workout.

"I've been in the league for 20-plus years, so you never want to say you've seen it all, but, you get to experience a lot, and he's a fine young man that's a young quarterback that keeps getting better every week," said Broncos coach John Fox on Wednesday.

"When you win in the National Football League, it becomes a pretty big deal on the outside."

Tebow is now 7-1 as a starter in the last eight weeks. And it's fair to say that he has become a pretty big deal.

He's winning because of his constant fourth-quarter heroics, which has been a stretch of dramatic and unprecedented finishes to games that previously saw three quarters of lackluster production.

So what makes him so much better in the fourth?

"I just think that I'm blessed to have great teammates and great coaches in those fourth quarters," said Tebow on Wednesday. "They make me look a lot better than I am, and I just thank the Lord that we've had the opportunity to pull a few of these ones out."

As Fox said on Wednesday, "The guy just wins."

"Knowing the young man, even before coming here to coach him, just in the draft process, he's got outstanding intangibles, and he performed at a very high level in college at the University of Florida," said Fox. "I think everybody can see that. And I think all young players in the National Football League have got a lot to learn. And quarterback is that much more difficult. I know it's the toughest job in our league. It might be one of the toughest jobs in sports.

"He's improving. It's not just the fourth quarter. He's improving as an NFL quarterback."

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL


Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”