Tim Tebow: The Role Model That American Sports Has Been Wanting

C. J. KrasykCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos receives high fives from fans after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Steelers in overtime 23-29.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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I know that Tebowmania has been played over and over again. ESPN even dedicated one full hour of SportsCenter to him.

I know that Tebow has yet to win a ring or even be considered a good quarterback in the NFL. But do not blame ESPN or their employees for why he is getting so much air time. Colin Cowherd on his weekly radio show for ESPN said it best. He moves the meter. The business is all about ratings. Tebow gets ratings.

I just do not know why some many people hate him. It might be the fact that he is getting a ton of press, and this for a guy that has really accomplished nothing. That is a fair argument.

But let's consider this for a minute. Tebow is exactly what sports in this country has needed for a long time: a true role model.

Everyone knows the now famous words of Charles Barkley. When asked if he was a positive role model, Barkley quickly fired back that he was not a role model. Wrong, Chuck, you were a role model whether you wanted to be or not.

Remember Nike's big selling line when Michael Jordan was in his prime? "I wanna be like Mike." Any parents out there that wanted their kids to be like Mike? Maybe as a basketball player, but certainly not as a human being. Just go watch his Hall of Fame induction speech again. Even Michael Wilbon could not defend Jordan.

Ben Roethlisberger has a ton of fans. Just look around and you see his jersey everywhere. Role model you want your kids acting like? I doubt it. Has had two issues now with drinking and accusations of forcing himself on young girls.

Kobe Bryant seemed well and good until that fateful night in Colorado. A young girl said she was raped by him. The actual story will never be known. He might be completely innocent, but his image took a huge hit because of it.

There is Tiger Woods. Seemed like he would be great for it, but then he crashed his car into a tree and all the mistresses came out of the woodwork.

Tim Tebow is still young in his career. However, he has been in the national spotlight now since his freshman year at Florida. Even Urban Meyer, his coach at Florida, says that the Tebow you see is who he is. His parents are missionaries, and even Tebow goes on mission trips. People want to throw his faith out and say that should not matter, but it should matter.

American sports have been desperate for a quality role model. He is here now. You may not like his team. You may not like him as a quarterback. That is all well and good and in your God-given American rights to do so.

But don't you want young kids to inspire to be someone of integrity and honor? Don't you want your kids to emulate someone that works hard?

I do, and I think we should be happy that someone like Tebow stands up when others choose to sit down.