Tim Tebow. He’s one of the most talked about players in the NFL. You either love him or you hate him. He’s either the greatest person ever or you just wish he would give up and go home. Now, I’ll agree. I think the man needs to work on his throwing motion. But I also believe that no one has given him a real chance to prove himself. Which is why I’m overjoyed he’s going to mini camp with New England.
Disclaimer: I love Tebow because I grew up a Florida Gator. I watched him go from a tough freshman to getting to go to the SEC championship game his junior year and watching him beat Alabama for my 17th birthday present. So I am not a bandwagon Tebow fan. Yes, it helps that the man is easy on the eyes, but he’s a Gator, so he will always have a place in my heart.
But back to business. Tebow was the source of controversy when he was drafted 25th in the draft, and he’s been the source of talk ever since. My beef with everyone hating on him though, starts with John Elway.
I am not going to sit here and say that if you have to choose between Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow, that you should pick Tim Tebow. I am not stupid, and nor is Elway. But, what I have an issue with, is the fact that Tebow, a man who took a team that had a losing season for the past couple of years from 1-4 to 8-5. He also brought the Broncos into the playoffs. He then goes on to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, which are a pretty decent team. After this, he gets routed by arguably the greatest quarterback of this generation, Tom Brady.
So after all this, I am not saying that you pass up Peyton Manning. But did Elway have to kick Tebow to the curb? NO. He could have held onto Tebow and let Peyton coach him, teach him how to improve his throwing motion, helped the young quarterback.
But he didn’t. So Tebow went to the Jets, and that was the most abysmal year for that poor man I have ever seen. Demoted to protecting the punter, ridiculed by his own teammates, broken ribs, it was just a sad, sad year for Tebow fans.
But through it all, that man has stayed postitive. Not once has he been angry, talked bad about anyone in the Jets organization, about any of his teammates, or even Elway. He is a class act in his love with the Lord, his humility, and his tenacity to succeed at the position that he wanted to play.
So what I want to know is why the media wants to tear him down? Why does society want to tear him down? We have been screaming for an athlete to be a role model for years, and now that we have one, we have to destroy him because we can’t handle that he embodies everything good in the world. He is a philanthroper, he loves God, and he openly talks about it. Why is that annoying? What’s wrong with that? So he loves God. Why is that such a bad thing?
I have this to say. I’m glad he’s at New England. Maybe he’ll learn something from Brady. I will be behind him the whole way cheering for him. I always love an underdog, and it feels like everyone in the sports community is rooting for Tebow to fail.
Tebow will also be reunited with former teammates Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Spikes. It’ll be a Gator fun-for-all out in Foxborough.
Another thing to consider: Belichick loves to stick it to the Jets. He signed to coach the Jets, then a year later resigns to coach the Patriots. These two teams are division rivals and Belichick is a legend. This is a perfect fit for Tebow. There is no Tebow noise out in New England. Belichick can use Tebow however he wants without any pressure from anyone because he’s Bill Belichick. Whose going to question him?
Belichick also knows Tebow. He was always close to Urban Meyer and used to talk to the Gators in the pre-season. He also knows the quality of the individual.
So, lets look at some statistics of all the quarterback that our society deems as the top qb’s of our generation. Peyton, Elway, Brady, Rodgers, and Favre. Let’s compare Tebow’s stats his first year as a starter to theirs and see where he matchs up.
Peyton completed 326 passes out of 575 attempts. He went 3-13 as a starter. He had a 56.7 completion percentage. He threw for 3,739 yards, threw 26 touchdowns, and also threw 28 interceptions. Peyton finished with a 71.2 quarterback rating, and only 62 yards rushing and 0 rushing touchdowns. He did not take his team to the playoffs that year either.
Moving on to Brett Favre. Favre completed 302 out of 471 attempts. He had a 64.1 completion percentage. He threw for 3,227 yards, threw 18 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, rushed for 198 yards, and had 1 rushing touchdown and 6 fumbles. Favre had an 85.3 qb rating and was 9-7 as a starter. No playoffs for the Packers that year either.
We now turn to Tebow’s former boss, John Elway. Elway was 123 out of 259 his rookie season. He had a 47.5 completion percentage, threw for 1,663 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He had 146 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown and a 54.9 qb rating. Elway went 9-7 as a starter and no playoffs at all.
Aaron Rodgers didn’t start til Brett Favre had finally retired in 2008. In his first season as a starter, he completed 341 out of 536, with a 63.6 completion percentage. Rodgers threw for 4,038 passing yards, threw 28 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He had 6 fumbles, 207 yards rushing, 4 rushing touchdowns, and a 93.8 qb rating. Rodgers went 6-10 as a starter. But he didnt make the playoffs either.
Brady, who was drafted by no other then the Yoda of the NFL, Bill Belichick, is the ONLY anomoly in this sequence. In his first year as a starter, Brady went 264 out of 413, had a 63.9 completion percentage, and threw for 2,843 yards. He had 18 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and 9 fumbles. Brady ran for 110 yards, had no rushing touchdowns, and 3 fumbles while rushing. He had an 86.5 quarterback rating, went 11-5 as a starter, and took the Patriots to the Super Bowl and won.
Tebow’s stats as a starter? He was 7-3 as a starting quarterback. He completed 126 out of 271, threw for 1,729 yards, and had a 46.5 completion percentage. He threw for 12 touchdowns, threw 6 interceptions, and had a 72.9 qb rating. On top of that, he rushed for 660 yards and had 6 rushing touchdowns. Tebow also had a playoff win, something that none of the other quarterbacks have BESIDES TOM BRADY.
So, if by the logic that everyone has treated Tebow with, Elway, Manning, Favre and Rodgers should have been booted after their first year starting. Tebow is right up there with all of the greats. He measures up. His stats are right up there with everyone else. But is he kept to grow and nurture and hone his craft?
NO. Elway boots him like a piece of garbage. And that’s the biggest mistake that Denver made.
Something else that is comical? At any level, Tebow has been successful. State championships in high school, two National Championships at Florida, the Heisman Trophy, and by all measures, is a tremendous athlete and a hard worker.
But he can’t play in the NFL?
So why did Belichick ask Tebow to come to mini camp? Maybe Bill understands potential. Afterall, he did draft Brady in the sixth round of the draft, and that seems to be working out pretty well for him.
Belichick is one of the smartest minds in the NFL. So go ahead, write Tebow off as someone who can’t make it in the NFL. Because in the end, it will be Belichick and Tebow who will be having the last laugh.