Tim Tebow Has Captivated America by Storm

Matthew StoneContributor IIJanuary 12, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays during the final minute of the game against the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)
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"With the 25th pick in the 2010 NFL draft, the Denver Broncos select Tim Tebow, quarterback—Florida." Those were the words spoken by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on draft day—and thus, the legend was born.

After sitting on the sidelines for most of 2010 and watching Kyle Orton's futile play lead to Broncos fans calling for "Tebow," the devout christian would get his opportunity this season. 

Tebow led the NFL in rookie jersey sales before he played one snap, and that's when I knew this guy was going to create headlines for one reason or another.

After losing out yet again to Orton, the Broncos started the season 1-4—leaving John Fox and John Elway with no other option but to give the second year pro from Florida his chance to chomp away at the rest of the NFL.

You know the rest—Tebow's late game heroics and unusual style of play have the Denver Broncos one win away from reaching the AFC Championship.

Absurd, right?

Tebow is a rare breed. His on-field praying antics have some bothered, others in awe. He is such a unique talent and America has embraced him.

The doubters are miles long, yet Tebow, one of the nicest guys to play in the league in years, keeps winning. Tebow is so easy to root for, just think about it.

What white male athlete has been criticized so much and has proved so many people wrong in such a short amount of time?

This shouldn't be a racial issue, but would we love Tim Tebow as much if he was Muslim? People want to talk about this stuff and I'll leave that up for open discussion.

However, a white Bronco hasn't created this much buzz since O.J Simpson, and that's the truth.

Imagine if Tim Tebow out-duels Tom Brady and puts his team in position to make the Super Bowl. Who would have believed it when these Broncos were 1-4?

Even if Tebow plays horrendously against the Patriots, he will be loved. It will be next season that could well decide Tebow's fate for the remainder of his career.