Why Tim Tebow Should Be a Packer Next Year—if Available

M. S.Correspondent IDecember 1, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 28:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators speaks to the media following the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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If, for whatever reason, you have never liked Tim Tebow and never given him a shot, don’t read the rest of this article.

If you think the media overplays what he does on and off the field to make him look like a saint, definitely stop reading this article.

Ever since the University of Florida’s all-everything quarterback gave his apology speech to Gator Nation after a loss to Ole Miss last season, he became my role model and also one of my favorite athletes to play the game.

Anyone who watched #15 tearfully enter The Swamp for the last time in a Gator uniform had to feel for him.  What a legacy. The Heisman Trophy and two-time National Champ will leave in Florida in about a month.  He has received more trophies than he probably knows what to do with, run for more yards as a quarterback than Duke has a team, and scored more touchdowns in his career than anyone to play in the SEC.  Yes, that means you Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker.

That’s why in next April’s NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers need to draft Tim Tebow—if he is within reaching distance on Day One. The verdict on Tebow’s draft stock is still out, with some believing he can be a first round starting quarterback, while others believe he will move to running back and work out of the Wildcat formation on most plays as an H-Back.

Whatever position or role that Tebow’s team decides he should take on, at the very least they know they are getting a great leader and even better attitude in the locker room.  For as long as he has been in the spotlight, Tebow has done everything right.  The son of two missionary parents, he has used God in every part of his life and believes that is the reason for his success.

Whether it is praising Him in post-game press conferences or wearing his favorite Bible verses under his eyes, Tebow’s gestures go a lot further than your typical athlete pointing to the sky after a touchdown or praising God after a big win.  Looking for a word that describes Tebow? Legitimate .

In a sports world full of ego-driven athletes who want the biggest paycheck they can find, Tebow finds peace knowing that he is able to play the game he loves and there is no reason to believe that will change when he becomes a pro.  He volunteers to talk to inmates in prison and has a 3.77 GPA.

But wait just a minute. There are plenty of nice guys in the NFL who just don’t make it and are not worth a high draft pick.  Why should Tebow be the pick for the Packers just because he loves God and has turned a school in Florida upside down into a cult-like obsession?

The truth is that Tim Tebow is going to be just fine in the NFL.  Many question whether or not he can be a full-time quarterback in the NFL, citing arm strength concerns as the reason why.  Watching Tebow for 3+ years, it’s true that his arm is not good enough right now to play every down in the NFL and might never be strong enough.

But let’s not forget that Tebow has rushed for 56 touchdowns in his illustrious career at Florida—something no one else in the history of the SEC has done.  Known for putting his head down and hitting the hole, Tebow would make an excellent H-back who could carry the ball five to seven times a game as well as line up in the Wildcat formation.  His arm isn’t Brett Favre’s but it’s no Tim Couch either.

Some might call him a product of Urban Meyer’s triple option offensive system, but Tebow fights for yardage and has had nothing easy come his way on his path to stardom at Florida.

Coming out of high school, Tebow ran a 4.6 forty-yard dash time, meaning his current 40-time is probably somewhere in the 4.5’s, putting him right in the mix of where the bigger running backs in next year’s draft will be.  Tebow is too big and not polished enough to run the ball 25 times a game for a team, but even making him a third down back to go with Wildcat responsibilities would make him worth the pick.  He has that much talent.

So why the Packers?  Why would a team who currently sports the sixth ranked offense in the NFL waste a first-day pick on an offensive mystery?  Because Tebow would bring a brand new dimension to the Packers offense that they have lacked for quite some time.

At times, head coach Mike McCarthy’s play-calling has been critiqued for being too predictable and basic.  Throw Tebow into the mix and suddenly you have a Wildcat general, a bruising runner in between the tackles, a 6′3″ athletic route runner, or a decent throwing quarterback.  Pat White was deemed perfect for the Wildcat coming out of college and was promptly drafted by the Dolphins.  On the season, White has rushed 12 times for 50 yards and is 0-3 passing, but then again Ronnie Brown and Rickie Williams have already mastered the Wildcat, meaning his production will take time.

Unlike White and running college quarterbacks like Michael Robinson, the thought of Tebow playing quarterback is not out of the question.  Currently the Packers have two active quarterbacks on their roster and, while Matt Flynn is a more than serviceable number two quarterback, they have no emergency quarterback.

He is probably not worth a first round pick if the Packers are not selecting him to play quarterback, but if he slips to the second round and scouts believe he can not play under center, there’s no reason for the Packers not to take a very hard look at Tebow.

My man-crush on Tebow might have something to do with my thinking that he would be perfect in Green and Gold, but he is a true gamer that goes out and plays his game and wins.  He does nothing fancy and might end up not having a true position in the NFL, but there will be a spot on the field where Tebow is going to succeed.  Combined with his off-the-field, deserved God-like status, Tim Tebow fits Ted Thompson’s definition of “Packer people” and should be a Green Bay Packer next April.