Why You Should Root For Tim Tebow

Rob WassContributor IMay 29, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators runs the ball against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Donte Stallworth. Ben Roethlisberger. Michael Vick. Tim Tebow.

Which one of these names doesn't belong?

-Stallworth was charged with second degree manslaughter when he struck and killed a man while driving intoxicated. 

-Roethlisberger has been investigated twice in the last year for potential sexual assaults; he'll be suspended 4-6 games next season. 

-Vick financed and participated in a dog fighting ring, for which he was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison.

Then there's Tim Tebow, the man who is more nationally despised than any of the aforementioned NFL-ers.

Tebow has committed no crimes in his young life and has been a model citizen and student, yet he is vilified across the country - outside of Denver and the state of Florida of course.

If you read the message boards and the comment pages, football fans are predicting, expecting, and often hoping for Tebow to fail in the NFL. 

He's lambasted for the amount of media attention devoted to him and chastised for his earlier-than-expected selection by the Denver Broncos in the first round.

While the media of coverage of Tebow during his time at Florida and leading up to the draft may have been nauseating, Tebow shouldn't be blamed. 

As a handsome and good-hearted football player in a league largely populated with thugs and prima donnas, he's an appealing target for the media. Tebow never asked for the attention. He simply went out and did what he does best: play football and live his life the way he feels he should.

Even the exhausting coverage of his attempts to revamp his throwing motion pits most casual fans against Tebow. He didn't fix his mechanics to attract members of the press to his pro day; He did it because everyone knew that without a complete overhaul in his throwing motion, he wouldn't make it as a NFL quarterback.

His release was too elongated, too low, and too slow to complete even the most commonplace throws in the NFL. Tebow simply wanted a chance to excel in the league, yet people seem to hate him for it.

When the Broncos traded up to draft Tebow with the 25th pick in the first round of the draft this year, you could hear the entire country collectively gasp. Yes, Tebow was drafted much higher that he should have been. 

He isn't ready to help a team anytime soon, and quite frankly, he may never be. But to use this to fuel the fire against Tebow is ludicrous. If you need to aim your anger at anyone, redirect it toward the Broncos. They're the organization who reached to draft Tebow. All he did was go out and work his tail off. Luckily for him, one team felt he was worthy of a first-round pick. Hard work and determination should never be the foundation for spite.

Even more shocking than the media coverage and draft position is the revulsion Tebow inspires because of the type of life he leads. In any other occupation, he would be praised and admired for all of the good he does. But on the football field, where barbarism and violence are glorified and worshipped, the way Tebow lives his life makes him an object of ridicule. This is wholly undeserved. 

Tebow spent time in college in the Philippines aiding in medical work, including circumcisions, at the orphanage his father's ministry runs. 

He was man enough to admit to the press that as the biggest football star the state of Florida has ever seen, he was a virgin. 

Once he turned professional, his first advertisement wasn't deodorant, sports drinks or athletic wear, but advocacy for the group, Focus on the Family, during the Super Bowl.

Regardless of whether you agree with Tebow's religious or moral views, you should respect that that in a sport where moral values and a code of ethics are absent, he's always maintained his core beliefs.

He is probably the last player in the NFL that you will ever see accused of a DUI, domestic assault, or any of the other crimes that seem to be committed on a weekly basis by NFL players. Furthermore, he hasn't let fame and fortune change him. He is still the same Tim Tebow that he's always been.

The NFL needs more men like Tebow who won't betray the trust of the owners, teammates, and most importantly, the fans - all of which makes the unadulterated hatred he inspires even more puzzling. 

Since when does being a decent, kind-hearted, charitable, and dependable person make you a pariah? Go against the grain, resist following in the footsteps of so many football fans in the country, and pull for Tim Tebow.

While most NFL players gain respect through their performance on the field, Tebow has already done enough to earn it before ever taking a snap at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Maybe he will have a productive career, but chances are he won't. 

If he does though, the story of Tebow's success would be a welcome change to the fans' collective ears. 

Tebow could actually show us that sometimes the nice guy doesn't finish last.   


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