The most interesting prospect in the draft, Tim Tebow, decided to turn down an invitation to the NFL draft this year.
The former Florida Gators' quarterback explained in advance that he would watch it at his home with family and friends in Jacksonville, FL. While this is admirable, Tim Tebow is one of the most recognizable faces coming out of the NCAA this year, and really owed it to the NFL to make an appearance.
Roger Goodell had no control over whether Tebow were to show up or not, but it's considered an honor to be selected into the NFL, and to turn it down is an injustice to inquiring football fans. When Peyton Manning and Drew Brees opted not to play in the Pro Bowl, it was understandable, since they were set to face off in the biggest game of their lives next weekend.
It was still disappointing not seeing the games' biggest superstars in action though.
This is no different, fans want to see Tim Tebow. As he himself put it, "It was exciting to think about walking up on stage, shaking the commissioner's hand, and holding up my jersey."
With the draft going prime time this year and being held over three days, the ratings could have used a guy like him in attendance since his emotions are what grabs viewers he most. The appeal of watching on television as opposed to following a website online, is so the fans can witness the emotional rollercoaster that is the draft waiting game.
The NFL handled it well, however, having a reporter waiting at Tebow's house. Tebow did a great interview and has a habit of speaking from the heart, but saying all the right things. It could however have been a great moment in NFL draft history had he attended and held up that Denver jersey. Regardless, he'll have a great career, with whatever position he finally ends up playing, presumably quarterback.
With Tebow going to Denver, it puts the starting job of Kyle Orton in jeopardy and casts even more doubts on the future of Brady Quinn. If all works out, the combination of Tim Tebow and newly acquired WR Demryius Thomas could be hooking up in the Mile High City for years to come.
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