Florida Governor Charlie Crist has come out and said that the Jacksonville Jaguars should select Tim Tebow in the upcoming NFL draft. His reasoning? To increase ticket sales for Jacksonville Jaguar home games.
Wow! Now that's a fresh approach. Why didn't anyone else think of that? Yes, if Tim Tebow was on the Jacksonville Jaguars, maybe people in the Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia area would invest in season tickets and fill those 30,000 or more empty seats that are not seen on television each week due to black outs.
Is it really that easy? Simply draft Tebow, and voila?
Let's face it, Tim Tebow is a polarizing individual. Love him or hate him, he creates a story no matter where he goes or what he does. Now that his college football career has but one game remaining, talk of his upcoming NFL career surely will heat up.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have not had success in the first round of the NFL draft. R. Jay Soward, Byron Leftwich, Reggie Williams, and Matt Jones are names that upset the stomachs of all Jaguar fans.
Now I am afraid that Tim Tebow could be added to that list. First of all, there are some that feel he will not be successful as a NFL quarterback. Surely he would have to sit on the sidelines, not unlike Steve McNair did when he was drafted by the Houston Oilers.
Then a few years will pass and he will be given a chance. Or, will public opinion or poor play force Coach Del Rio to play Tebow before he is ready?
Frankly, it spells a potential disaster for Tebow and the Jaguars.
But what if he becomes a good NFL QB? What if his leadership, passion, and intelligence help him progress into a good or great player? I guess that is why we tune in to the games.
Hopefully the Jacksonville Jaguars draft for actual team needs, and not on a strategic business decision. If the Jaguars think Tebow can add value to the team other than ticket sales, then I'm all for it. But if it is simply a move to fill seats in the stands, then I'm against it.
I wish Tim Tebow all the success that he is entitled. If the Jaguars do take him in the draft, then let it be for the right reasons. And who knows; perhaps Governor Crist can negotiate some serious dollars for Timmy.
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