Tim Tebow was as successful as any college football player. His team, the Florida Gators, were big winners - including the biggest one - and, individually, he garnered about every award he was eligible for - including the biggest one. If he had a (non-football related) flaw - for those who consider what he did wrong - was that he wore his beliefs on his sleeve. It was just that many people thought the sleeve was on a religious robe.
Tebow knelt after each touchdown, apparently saying a short prayer. This was an offensive gesture to some, a chance to capitalize for financial gains for others and a simple show of faith, neither offensive nor money related, to the rest. First, consider he was born to parents who were Baptist missionaries. His mother home schooled him and instilled in him the family’s Christian beliefs. To non-haters, his background might explain his (brief) gesture following touchdowns. His mom’s parenting skills are far and away better than the overwhelming majority of professional athletes we read about on a daily basis.
Granted, they made a controversial commercial but in this country, we do have freedom of speech. Isn’t it amazing how people can be offended by Tim Tebow yet not have their emotions stirred by nearly every of the new, popular sit-coms (especially some of the animated ones). In addition, with some of the other personal traits many of our “stars” have displayed, is the Tebow story something we should worry that our children see?
Although he was listed as a quarterback at the U of F, coach Urban Meyer saw the unique skill Tebow had, i.e. a cross between a QB and a bruising running back. Standing 6′3″, 240 that was difficult to refute. He also was someone who could turn a busted play into a big gainer because of his physical size and skills. It would have been coaching malpractice if Meyer hadn’t used him the way he did. The football experts - there really are some, although not nearly as many as they’d like us to believe - claimed Tebow would have a difficult transition to the professional level because of his long wind up when throwing and the fact professional defensive players are 1) so big and 2) hit so hard. The wear and tear on his body would certainly shorten his career. (After a few games there was a growing group of fans who were hoping his career would be shortened.)
Jon Gruden (one of the true experts) broke down his release and explained how his passing motion would have to be renovated. However, doing so would preclude him from becoming an immediate starter. No doubt because of his notoriety the Denver Broncos drafted him in the first round. It was the wrong move and it’s hard to believe that a team that employed John Elway as an executive didn’t know it. By now, everybody knows the story - Tebow comes in as a back up, the team is losing, he gets a shot, the team wins a few (although more because of D than O), pulls off some late game heroics (after showing little early in the game) and he’s the savior. Allegedly, John Elway (and probably others) saw it differently and traded him to the New York Jets.
That was a bad marriage from the get-go. This one rivaled Humphries and Kardashian (or Borgnine and Merman for older readers). Anyone who had seen ESPN’s Hard Knocks with the Jets could have figured that out. After a couple minutes! If only Mark Sanchez and the rest of the guys had played as well Rex Ryan had truly believed would have, there still would have been controversy (after all, it is New York) but not the side show it turned out to be. At least it would have saved Tebow from being mocked and imitated. And for what? Not being as good as people had hoped he’d be?
He heads up the Tim Tebow Foundation which builds facilities for sick children, granting wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses for kids in the U.S. and the Philippines and builds playrooms in hospitals and orphanages. Gimme a break.
As Danielle Dax said so appropriately:
“I find it strange the way human nature wants heroes and yet wants to destroy their heroes. It’s a kind of mass insecurity people want something to look up to and get a buzz off but, at the same time, want to destroy it because it makes them feel insecure.”