Tim Tebow relishes the underdog role in the same way the New England Patriots have for the last decade. But, much like the Patriots, Tebow has never been an underdog. The mysterious doubters known simply as "they," do not exist in reality, but are actually just ghostly manifestations manufactured to motivate this morally (and sexually) chaste young man.
Take the claims made by Tebow in this commercial for FRS Healthy Energy drink, for example. Let's examine the statements and separate fact from fiction:
They said I couldn't be a high school quarterback. Maybe someone said this to him at some point, but that's only because he was home schooled. A1996 law in Florida allowed home schooled kids to play sports at schools, and Tebow played at a Christian academy before going on to lead a public high school to a state championship.
They said I couldn't get a D1 scholarship. Tebow was a high school superstar who attracted national attention. He was one of the top prospects in the entire country and was sought after by a number of the country's top programs, including: USC, Michigan, LSU, Alabama and, of course, Florida.
You can't make it. You're not good enough. You're not skilled enough. Nobody said this to him, ever. Seriously. Certainly not before college.
They said I couldn't win a Heisman. Nobody said this. Tebow won the Heisman his first season as a starter for the Gators and was the first sophomore in history to win the award. Basically he won every award in college football in 2007, including a national championship.
They said I couldn't win a national championship. Really? They said that? Who said that? Nobody. That's who. Maybe someone said he couldn't win three national championships, but there were plenty of people who figured he could—and he nearly did.
They said I wouldn't be a first round draft pick. People were mixed on this. The general consensus was that he wasn't a first round talent at the position, but people speculated he could go anywhere in rounds 1-4.
They said I couldn't play in the league. They said he probably can't play quarterback in the league and guess what! His stats back up those assertions. But eventually he'll move to another position and we'll see if he's got staying power.