Former Steelers QB Is Right About Double Standard Surrounding QB Position in NFL

Cody MeadowsCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos kneels on the ground before their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow is the most discussed player in the NFL today for a variety of reasons.

People "Tebow" all around the world, taking a knee and posing as Tebow does in prayer. He wears his religion on his sleeve, some people love it and some hate it. Personally that doesn't bother me, but the amount of talk he gets does.

I can't turn on ESPN anymore without Skip Bayless or another member of the media talking about this guy! Skip loves him, but there are several who realize Denver wins with their defense. The running game and defense carry the team. Tebow shows up late occasionally. Until he can play a full game well, (I hope not this weekend) there is no reason to pretend he is a good quarterback.

In fact, I would say he hasn't earned a right to be a starting quarterback in the NFL at all. Tebow only completed 46.5 percent of his passes this season for 1,729 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. He would make a good fullback or running back, though. Tebow has rushed for 660 yards on 122 carries, scoring six touchdowns along the way.

The question is, why is Tebow getting so many chances to succeed as a quarterback? He only completed 50 percent of his passes in nine games last season, throwing five touchdowns and three interceptions. These aren't close to good enough for a backup quarterback, let alone a starter in the NFL.

While I was watching First Take on ESPN, they did yet another segment on Tim Tebow. In this segment, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart said what many African Americans are probably thinking. I know Rob Parker (also in the clip) agrees with Stewart, and I do too. Skip Bayless acknowledges it as well, and he is in love with Tebow.

Former professional quarterbacks Doug Williams and Warren Moon were very good and had to fight very hard to get a chance in the NFL. Both were so much better quarterbacks than Tebow, I can't even put it into words. Warren Moon even had to go to Canada and play in the Canadian Football League to make a name for himself.

Williams wasn't nearly as good as Moon, but he was better than Tebow. He led the Washington Redskins to a Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos in the 1987 season. He was brought in for struggling starter Jay Schroeder at the start of the playoffs and won it all. That would have been extremely hard to do knowing you could be pulled from the game at any point.

Kordell made a great point, saying if a black quarterback isn't the starter they very rarely can even hang on as a backup. Charlie Batch of the Steelers and Seneca Wallace of the Browns are two rare examples of black quarterbacks who have stuck on as backups. Kordell himself was benched after the first three games in 2002, despite being the NFL MVP the season before.

Tim Tebow isn't even an average quarterback, yet he is on the cover of various magazines, commercials, etc. I'm sure he is a great person and it isn't his fault he's getting opportunities, but what has he done to earn them? Even if he somehow wins this weekend and plays great, there are countless players of all races and religions who are better than him.

Hopefully the Steelers put an end to "Tebow time" this Sunday, at least until he earns his spot.