Tim Tebow NFL Jersey Sales: Eight People We Know Haven't Bought One
Perhaps the most storied college football career has come to a close. A certain Florida quarterback leaves Gainesville with two SEC Titles, two BCS Championship rings, and a Heisman trophy. He was nominated for three Heisman's during his run.
Tim Tebow is now a Denver Bronco and already leads the league in jersey sales. If his NFL tenure is anything like his collegiate one, the fact that John Elway retired a decade ago will become less of an issue in the Mile High City.
There's another perspective. Tebow has his fair share of detractors. Valid or not, they have their reasons. Here's a look at those who won't be wearing the new number 15 for the Broncos.
Whatever their beef is, Tebow is laughing all the way to the bank. First round picks make fairly decent money, for the most part. Not that it matters to him. By the way, he'll get his new jersey free of charge.
1) Bobby Bowden
"People keep asking me about Tebow. You know, is he the best ever? I don't know if he's better than Charlie. I don't think he runs better than Charlie. I don't think he throws better than Charlie. And Charlie only played quarterback for two years for us."
That was Bobby Bowden in late 2009, when asked if Tim Tebow was the greatest college quarterback of all time, and how he compared to former Seminole Charlie Ward.
Of course, Bowden was his usual classy self in congratulating Tebow after his Seminoles were crushed 37-10 in his final regular season game. However, deep down inside, he's probably not to thrilled about Tebow's four years at FSU's rival.
Florida State lost to the Gators by a touchdown in 2006, which was Tebow's freshman year. That was as close as it got. Margins of 33, 30, and 27 points followed.
A tough way for one of the legends of college football to end a rivalry.
2) Deonte Thompson
Talk about being thrown under the bus by one of his own.
Thompson wasn't exactly thrilled about his stat line for 2009, which left him with 24 receptions and four touchdowns. He went as far as to call incoming starter John Brantley a "real quarterback" and a "pure passer."
Certainly he's worried about his play at Florida translating to the next level, but isn't winning the most important currency?
3) Mel Kiper Jr.
These two have been going at it since 2008. Kiper had long projected that Tebow would be tight end in the NFL instead of a quarterback. Tebow, of course, had other ideas.
Kiper's mock drafts this year continued to de-value Tebow as a quarterback. Whoops. Instead of a second or third round pick, we all know where Tebow went.
Only time will tell if Kiper's analysis of Tebow having to switch positions to succeed are correct. In the meantime, he's probably not ordering any Broncos merchandise at all. No one likes to be called out personally.
4) Any Tennessee fan, anywhere
Maybe it was the 30-6 rout at the hands of Tebow and Florida in 2008 that ended things for Phil Fulmer in Knoxville. Whether or not it was that particular game, neither Fulmer nor Kiffin were able to beat a team with Tebow on the roster.
At one point, there was talk of Fulmer being offered a job with FEMA for his ability to evacuate 104,000 people from Neyland Stadium in a matter of minutes. Much credit for that should go to Tebow, of course.
Just don't expect to see him handling hurricane relief anytime soon. He's got a career in the NFL to consider before he returns to mission work.
5) Steve Spurrier
Evidently Spurrier thought that Jevan Sneed would have a better season than Tebow. Either that, or the assistant he "delegated" to fill out the ballot disliked the Gators stomping on the Gamecocks as well. Whatever the case, it was a snub that didn't go unnoticed by the national media.
Could it be jealousy on the part of Darth Visor? Had he stayed at Florida, he might have had four years with the prodigy, along with tripling his national championship ring collection.
Look, we're all collectively sorry that it hasn't worked out at the University of South Carolina, but we could have told you that it wasn't going to be easy. Gainesville can't offer a membership at Augusta National, but they do tend to have better teams than Columbia.
Try not to be bitter...
6) National Organization for Women
This is the group who started the outrage over Tim and Pam Tebow's seemingly benign Super Bowl commercial.
Whatever the reason for their stance, they raised a big enough stink to get the commercial edited. What the nation saw during the break didn't seem very offensive or even politically charged.
Surely CBS loved every second of the debate. The interest it generated probably helped them sell the remainder of their slots in a slow year for advertising.
7) Colt McCoy
In any other set of four years, Colt McCoy goes down as one of the greatest college quarterbacks to play the game. This guy was just unfortunate to come into college during the Tebow era.
McCoy ended up with no Heismans and no championship rings. None of this, of course, is the fault of the Florida quarterback. It's just bad luck.
Colt also gets overshadowed off the field as well, where he is Tebow's equal in just generally being a good human being. McCoy saved a man from drowning in a lake. Tebow performs circumcisions in third world countries.
McCoy is way too decent to say anything about it, but deep down inside, there may be a bit of resentment there.
8) Jim Tressel
Granted, no team has ever gone into a championship bowl game (BCS or not) as ill-prepared the Tressel-led Buckeyes of 2006. It probably wouldn't have mattered how seriously they took Florida. Still, you know those last two scores (a Tebow pass and a Tebow run) have got to give Mr. Sweater Vest some serious recurring nightmares.
The beatdown in the desert was a coming out party for Tim Tebow, showing the rest of the nation what the SEC had seen all year. Even as a backup, he was a player that could change the course of the game.
Four years later, he has changed the landscape in college football forever. Ohio State and Jim Tressel were just some in a long line of victims, but you can bet they still think about that one.