Why We Love and Hate Tim Tebow

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIMay 18, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 06:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators receives the Most Valuable Player award from SEC Commissioner Mike Slive after the Gators 31-20 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship on December 6, 2008 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

When you hear the name Tim Tebow, you immediately think the great University of Florida quarterback who led his team to a National Championship last season or that annoying kid from Florida who everyone hates.

Let’s face it, either your adore Tebow like most Florida fans if not all of them or you hate his guts. Not in a bad way, but hate the fact that he is THAT good on and off the field.

Tebow is a combination of two other SEC quarterbacks; Jay Barker of Alabama and Peyton Manning of Tennessee.  Barker was the good Christian guy with great leadership qualities who lead his team to a National Championship his sophomore year.

Manning was also a good kid with great leadership qualities too, but also extremely talented like Tebow. He didn’t win a national championship, but he did lead his team to an SEC Title. But also like Tebow, he wasn’t well liked in the SEC either.

Anyway, here is why either you love or hate Tebow:


You got to love his competitive spirit. After the loss to Ole Miss last season, Tebow pulled a Scarlett O'Hara and vowed that you would never see him nor his Gator teammates play that badly again. And he was right.

From that point on, Florida dominated just about every opponent down the stretch to lead them to an SEC Title and the National Championship. You also have to hate him for it, because Gator National felt the need to put his words on a plaque so the world will remember him and his words forever. How annoying is that?

You got to hate that damn arm waving thing he does to fire his teammates and the Florida fans up. He is such a cheerleader with all that crap. It reminds me of the time Peyton Manning lead the Tennessee band in a rendition of Rocky Top after they defeated Alabamaone year.

Bama fans to this day still haven’t forgiven him for that. On the other hand, I wish my team’s quarterback would get that fired up and excited sometimes.

You got to love his toughness.

The kid literally has ran over defensive lineman to get that first down or just to make a play. He fights for every yard he gets and he refuses to go down.

A lot of quarterbacks would just slide for that first down coming up a yard or two short, not Tebow. But sometimes you just want your defensive back to knock him on his backside inside of letting him get that first down or that touchdown.

 And he is such a goodie goodie. I mean seriously what kid do you know goes to another country to do missionary work? Most kids his age are drinking, dating lots of girls and just being an all-around college kid.

But you have to admire a kid who’d rather spend his summers helping others than doing all the things I have mentioned above.

 You see why there is a love/hate relationship with Tim Tebow. You either love the guy and what he stands for, or you hate him just as much for those same qualities.