One of the refreshing things about Braxton Miller's emergence as a legitimate superstar for the Ohio State Buckeyes this year has been the fact that it's not part of some media narrative. It's not based in pure hype or some off-field thing to hook people into paying attention to him.
We watch Braxton Miller because Braxton Miller does Braxton Miller things on the football field.
That's why we're dreading this move by Urban Meyer to bring Tim Tebow and Miller together in the coming offseason. Really.
(Meyer's) old quarterback and new quarterback know each other a bit, but ...
"In the off-season, I want it more," Meyer said. "It's so hard when they're busy during the season. And Braxton is still figuring out how things work. But I would love for those guys to get face-to-face, even train a little bit together, work out together. Tim is so busy, but I'm going to push for that to happen real hard."
Tebow, the 25th pick of the 2010 NFL draft, admitted a Columbus trip could be in his off-season itinerary. Asked Wednesday, Miller said he'd be up for it.
"Sure, he's one of his guys," Miller said, believing Tebow could tutor him on "leadership skills, competitiveness, things like that."
And it's not hard to see why Meyer thinks it's so important.
"Tim's greatest strength is something Braxton needs to work on," Meyer said. "Tim is the ultimate competitor, the ultimate grinder. There is no harder-working guy. He's just non-stop. His whole life was nothing but be in the office, study football, go out and practice. And that's it. And Braxton is getting better. But to be a Heisman-type player, to be a first-round draft pick, especially at that position, the amount of time you need to commit to your trade is off the charts."
Here's the thing. In a vacuum, this is a great move. Right now, Braxton Miller is Cleveland-era LeBron James. If he becomes the most seriously committed player in the locker room, he's Miami-era LeBron—or beyond. And since Ohio State is both loaded and eligible for a national championship run in 2013, that leap into greatness would be greatly appreciated.
But we don't live in a vacuum. We live in a world where everything gets spun by the media and jammed into the sausage casing of a narrative, whether it's merited or not.
That being the case, can you imagine anything more obnoxious than Tim Tebow constantly being given partial credit for an Ohio State national championship? You thought your Tim Tebow exhaustion was bad enough this year, but at least it only crops up when you're watching the NFL. He'll be downright inescapable during Buckeyes games next year.
Tebow could very well help Miller get into the right mindset, but the way he's covered by the media means any credit Tebow will get will almost invariably be disproportionate to what's deserved. That's just how an attention-starved media machine works. And you know what? That's not fair to Braxton Miller.
At the end of the day, it's up to Miller to implement it and make those strides himself. Tebow can't do it for him.
For Miller's sake, sure; let the meeting happen. Let it do good things for Miller. Let it lead to great things. Ohio State winning a championship is good for the Big Ten, after all. (As would any Big Ten team winning it, mind you—we're not partisans here.)
But if this means we hear the word "Tebow" come out of Brent Musburger's mouth more than once a game, we're hitting mute.
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