Kellen Moore: Can Maligned Quarterback Become Next Tim Tebow?

Tim KeeneyContributor ISeptember 3, 2012

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 30:  Kellen Moore #17 of the Detroit Lions throws a third quarter pass while playing the Buffalo Bills during a pre season game at Ford Field on August 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Kellen Moore and Tim Tebow really aren't all that different.

Yes, there are glaring differences. Tebow, with his extra three inches and 40 pounds, could probably crush Moore between his thumb and forefinger.

Tebow is much more able to rely on his legs to make plays, but struggles with accuracy while Moore struggles with velocity. Tebow was drafted in the first round; Moore never heard his named called. 

But the similarities are hard to ignore.

Both quarterbacks defined the word "success" with their college careers. 

Tebow broke countless records on his way to leading Florida to two National Titles. He won the Heisman and was named a First-Team All-American twice. 

Moore, of course, wasn't able to win a Heisman or national title. Instead, all he did was make two All-American teams, finish fourth in Heisman voting, lead Boise State to a 50-3 record in four years and establish himself as one of the most efficient, winningest college quarterbacks in recent memory.

Both have clunky deliveries, and get way more media attention than they probably deserve and most importantly, but seemingly always find a way to exceed expectations.

As much as you might hate Tim Tebow, and as much as you know Denver's defense had as much to do with the Broncos' success in 2011 as Tebow "knowing how to win games" did, the guy has constantly proved doubters wrong.

The way he looks as a pocket passer is downright ugly, and he clearly shouldn't be utilized as one, but Tebow, thanks to his ability to run the ball, insane work ethic and unquestioned leadership ability, has found ways to contribute.

Again, you may be sick to your core of hearing about the guy, but that's not his fault. When it comes down to it, he has justified his first-round pick a lot more than plenty of other early-round selections. 

Which brings me to Moore.

He's not all of a sudden going to be a wildcat weapon like Tebow, and he doesn't have a first-round status to live up to, meaning the third string could very well be his home for a long time.

But just like Tebow, Moore has constantly proven people wrong, even if the scale is much different. He wasn't supposed to make the practice squad. Wrong. He wasn't supposed to make the roster. Wrong.

Now, he's not supposed to ever make an impact beyond bench warmer. 

Don't get me wrong. The criticisms regarding Kellen Moore are completely valid. The velocity behind his throws is seriously lacking and his preseason wasn't all that encouraging. 

And while he doesn't have the legs to fall back on like Tebow to turn him into a unique weapon, he clearly has the work ethic and hunger to find some way—any way—to be successful in this league.

Are either of these guys ever going to be elite? Absolutely not, but that's not the point. Their similarities lie in the fact that they are popular for all the wrong reasons, yet, in the end, they still find ways to make positive impacts.

Kellen Moore's positive impact very well may be as a backup quarterback, but that's already better than most undrafted free agents. 

And considering how bleak his future looked a few months ago, I would say he would consider that yet another win on his impressive resume.