2010 Senior Bowl After Math: Patience Is the Key for Judging Tim Tebow

Zack NallyCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 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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I find it oddly enigmatic and disgusting that football fans and media personnel alike hold Tim Tebow in such low regard. 

Let me rephrase, I think it's a shame that such a gifted young athlete who has exceeded every single expectation and played a vital role in changing the very scheme of his sport can be regarded as nothing more than a potential dud at the next level. 

At the Senior Bowl this week, Tebow not only drew the short straw of media attention, but he also failed to impress anyone.

His slow release was on display for the football world and his arm strength and accuracy left much to be desired. Then we took a look at his feet and had to grimace. Clearly, the young quarterback is not comfortable taking snaps under center.

Tebow's off-the-field life, while inspiring and supportive of good character, has nothing to do with his abilities as a player but I've never seen another player with such a will to learn the game and master it. 

There have been many an athlete to come through the world of sports, some who left with never-before-seen achievements and others who parted ways with head hung low and nothing to show but a career of marginalism.

Tebow graduated high school a winner, leading Nease to multiple state championships and entering the collegiate landscape as the most promising player behind center. 

After being offered a position at nearly every major university, he chose to stay near his home and take on the role of the backup at Florida under Chris Leak. 

Two championship victories and a Heisman Trophy later, Tebow's next step is the NFL and it seems everyone has lost their faith. Understand, I don't regard Tebow as the most prolific quarterback to enter the draft, but he is a football player and a damn good one.

It's easy to see he struggles with some of the more basic qualities necessary in a pro quarterback but I have no doubt that, in time, he will rise above his criticisms and overcome the negative misnomers. 

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