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Tim Tebow: Is NY Jets QB Victim of a Double Standard?

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets looks on from the sideline during an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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James MorisetteCorrespondent IIIJanuary 10, 2013

It is about time someone steps to the plate in support of New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.

Someone who is neither a "fanatic" nor a "hater", as some love to express regarding this guy. 

It seems many people in this country seem to find it fun and entertaining to pile on Tebow for his devotion to the Almighty and Co.

These same people are quick to use the words “hate” and “Tebow” in the same sentence, and they tend to do so without giving any real explanation. Many try, but it comes out like a stream of venomous babble that makes absolutely no sense.

Frankly, this anti-Tebow psychology is lame—especially in an era where people piss and moan about kids not being able to find solid role models.

Tebow is a high-quality dude with solid moral standards. He works his tail off on the field and in life. Tebow is also a proven winner who expresses genuine support for his teammates. And while Tebow is a fierce competitor, he also respects his opponents.

Normally, society tends to smile on people who exhibit these qualities. If Tebow played football 50-plus years ago, people then would not even be talking about him. This is because people with these qualities were the norm.  

But today many fans spew straight-up tripe towards Tebow, as though he were nothing more than an overzealous Bible salesman posing as a football player.

Yet when other high-profile jocks and entertainers say, “God bless this,” and “God bless that” and “Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!”, blind followers of these folks do the Tebow and say, “Man. That cat sure has his head screwed on straight.”

But not Tebow. When Tebow uses the word “God,” he is way off his rocker.

This points to a societal double-standard that transcends stupidity.

Now, is Tebow the best quarterback in the NFL?

No. Not even close. There are many pro quarterbacks with a ton more talent than Tebow.

But I bet many gifted NFL QBs wish they had the same intangibles and ironclad grit Tebow has.

Are there some fanatics that go absolutely ape-crap over Tebow, as if he is the second coming?

Of course there are.

Can it get annoying?

Absolutely! 

But that is not Tebow's fault. Is it?

What is Tebow supposed to do? Wave a magic wand and hush the religious masses?

Should Tebow be exposed to constructive criticism?

Yes. Constructive criticism builds character and reveals what a man is really made of.

However, the things people say about Tebow is by no means constructive. It is quite the opposite.  

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey sums this up nicely in an interview with NFL.com writer Jeff Darlington.

From Pouncey:  

It really blows my mind. You talk about a guy that’s in the church, doesn’t do drugs, doesn’t drink alcohol, lives right, won the Heisman, won the national championship in college. Why would you criticize a guy like that?

Pouncey asks a great question. Why do fans criticize a guy like Tebow?

Is this because Tebow gives regular shoutouts to Jesus?

Or is there some other deeper-seated reason that equates Tebow to dogs to citrus?

I argue more in favor of the third question, than the second.

Bottom line, Tebow is a winner and a good spirit who has a great life ahead of him. And Lord willing, Tebow will not let ignorant people who relish his failures stand in his way of success.   

From the way Tebow has handled himself thus far, I reckon he won’t. 

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