Tom-Brady-New-England-Patriots-Tim-Tebow.jpgWhatever happens when Tim Tebow arrives at the training camp of his new NFL team, the New England Patriots, he’s going to have a couple of Boston-area-bred actors in his camp.

Via his Twitter account on June 10, Dorchester, Mass., native Donnie Wahlberg writes, “Tim
Tebow to the @patriots is awesome! A real coach & QB, like
Belichick & Brady, know the one way to make Tebow a weapon …

Wahlberg isn’t alone in his enthusiasm.

Born in Lowell, Mass., Michael Chiklis — seen last season on the CBS series “Vegas” — is a dedicated sports fan, especially of baseball’s Boston Red Sox and, of course, pro football’s Patriots.

Contacted by Zap2it via Facebook, Chiklis — who calls Patriots QB Tom Brady a “friend” — says he’s very excited at the Tebow news.

Thumbnail image for michael-chiklis-jan-2011-gi.jpgHe tells us,
“Coach [Bill] Belichick is a genius at picking up largely overlooked and
underestimated players and plugging them into the Patriots system with
devastating effectiveness — Tom Brady, Teddy Bruschi, Wes Welker and Danny Woodhead
to name a few. Like these men, Tebow might be lacking in areas while
under assessment, but they are all intelligent and willing to give a
perfect effort.

“The Patriots’ key to success has not been with
its individuals but instead with a team that are all executing with
everything they’ve got until the final play is over. Clearly, Bill sees a
way in which to utilize Tebow’s speed on the ground.

“Tom is a
pocket QB … Tebow’s arm pales in comparison, but he has legs. Maybe
some wildcat action is in the cards this season? We shall see … but I
have tremendous confidence in Coach B! BTW, no one is replacing Tom
Brady. Tebow will be a situation QB.”

Chiklis has another kind of football on his mind at the moment. He’s in New Orleans filming “When the Game Stands Tall,” about the remarkable 151-game unbeaten streak of Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High School’s football team from 1992-2004. He plays an assistant coach of the team in the film, which also stars Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Alexander Ludwig and Joe Massingill.

Thomas Carter (“Coach Carter”) is directing the movie, which is based on a book by Neil Hayes and is due for release in 2014.

“I have spent the last two months shooting this wonderful story of
sportsmanship, integrity, accountability, camaraderie, adversity,
perfect effort and love,” he writes

Chiklis also sees CBS’ cancellation of “Vegas” in sports terms.

In a guest post for his wife’s Michelle Chiklis‘ blog, “Carpool, Couture and Cocktails,” Chiklis compares it to losing a championship game, writing, “You’re part of a great team that has worked so hard toward a common goal, forming close bonds in the process, overcoming great odds and multiple obstacles to finally get a chance at the big brass ring, only to have it swiped away in the last seconds of the game.”

Tebow signed a two-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Patriots and reported to the team’s minicamp on Tuesday (June 11).

Posted by:Kate O'Hare