The Overexposure of Tim Tebow

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIJanuary 27, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators looks on after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats 24-51 during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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To listen to the NFL experts this week, the Senior Bowl is the Tim Tebow Bowl. Just about every report out of Mobile is about Tebow. How Tebow looks in practice, his arm release, which team may pick him up in the draft, hell even about a commercial he is doing during the Super Bowl.



A reporter for the Atlanta Journal asked, why is Tebow disliked so much? Speaking as a fan of another SEC school, I don’t think it’s the public’s dislike of Tebow; it’s his overexposure by the media.



The kid can’t help it, he is Mr. College Football. From the beginning when two of the top teams in the SEC (Alabama and Florida) were after his services, he has become a media darling, but you can’t really blame him.



The media basically has forced him down our throats. Most of his games were televised on CBS or ESPN every weekend. Football analyst like Gary Danielson acted as if they were going to have an orgasm every time they saw him play; he could do no wrong.



When he lost the SEC Championship Game, there was a sense of glee and relief around the country; the mighty Superman had gone down. There was a sense of “finally” we don’t have to hear about this kid any more. Speaking for myself, I like the kid, but it didn’t hurt my feelings to see him cry on the sideline. For once in a long time, he got to taste defeat and for a lot of us, we were glad.



It’s not like the kid never won anything. He had already won the Heisman, two national championships, and numerous SEC awards. Peyton Manning wasn’t this beloved when he came out of college.



The public, quite frankly, are tired of Tim Tebow. We are tired about hearing that he and wide receiver Riley Cooper were roommates. We are tired of hearing about his mission work. We are tired of hearing about his virginity. Hell, we can’t even escape him Super Bowl Sunday because he and his mom are doing an ad for Focus on the Family about choosing life.



I think we need positive role models in society, but my God, the kid is not super human; his Senior Bowl tryouts are proving that. But to hear the media talk, it’s like Tebow is the only guy playing Saturday and that’s what aggravates the rest of us and some media wonder why he is disliked?



I hope Tebow gets a chance to prove himself on the next level, but I also hope that the rest of the media backs off, gives him a break and give the rest of the country a break too. Superman needs a vacation and so do the rest of us.