Weighing In On Tebow

My buddy Jason Black delivered his Tebow take through his blog. I wanted to pass it on to you with my own two cents.
Tim Tebow is to me an athlete that you can pull for. So many years we have rewarded guys who didn’t live the talk. And even more who simply let down their fans and families with unremorseful, selfish behavior made possible by celebrity. Tebow represents A trend in one aspect. Many pro franchises (NBA markets like OKC, San A, Utah come to mind) choose character over characters. Some players who wear their social uglyside with arrogance (the party animal, the thug, the addict) are finding contracts tougher to come by. The risks in salary and corporate fallout are too great. And the messsage of professional behavior and accountability have quietly gained a foothold.
That’s not to equate any status to Tebow’s faith. What Tebow appears to be is a hard-working, ballsy athlete in a rough and dangerous athletic career.
He is by most accounts a reliable and appreciated teammate. He does not force his faith on others. Like Kareem Abdul Jabbar did when he changed his name to publicly represent his devotion, Tebow is simply making his spiritual statement to his higher power.
I could care less.
So to attempt an answer to one of the questions raised in Black’s blog below, why hate Tebow? It’s sports. Teams hate their opponents until the hated player becomes a teammate. An awful lot of Packers fans never forgave Favre for wearing a Vikings jersey, and when they booed him he loved it.
Maybe some people feel guilty because they lack Tebow’s conviction? Maybe others are SEC fans who hated losing to him in college.
Others I think never thought he would overcome his quarterbacking flaws well enough to succeed in the NFL and thus refuse to change their stance.
Rooting against teams and their players is – for many fans – just part of Fandom.
My thoughts on Tebow the athlete? He has answered his doubters and gotten better. On a defensive-minded ball control Denver team he has gotten better almost every week at arguably the most difficult transition any professional athlete can make.
Very, very few guys can come out of college and in a year or two become a consistent, productive quarterback. Dan Marino was a freak. Peyton Manning got there in a hurry. But to expect a 22 or 23 year old guy right out of college to step in and make it with the speed and power of NFL defenses, not to mention the finesse of NFL passing attacks, is unrealistic. They money they are being paid out of the draft is based on potential, and sadly many a talented signal-caller simply wasn’t ready to get his brains beat in.
A few QBs come to mind. Would Steve Young, who first played in the USFL out of BYU, been as great a passer had he not learned the craft under Joe Montana? We all know Brett Favre was a draft afterthought before becoming a great one. Doug Flutie was simply too small and weak-armed to make it anywhere other than Canada, but had his day in the San Diego sun. Warren Moon took his lumps up north before developing field vision that led him to the NFL and eventually Canton.
So if you measure Denver QB Tim Tebow only by his prayers, then I think, deep down, you just may be a little bit guilty you didn’t do more with your own god-given opportunities. And maybe a little jealous that Tebow is making the most of his.



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