Tim Tebow's Unorthodox Mechanics a Prerequisite for Legendary Success?

Omar BrownCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bearcats 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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Taking into account the accomplishments Tim Tebow managed to achieve at the highest collegiate level of competition, wouldn't it be fair to say that every other player drafted in the 2010 NFL Draft has more to prove than Tebow?

If we are going to use results and success as a measuring stick, it most certainly would.

How does breaking the standing NCAA Division 1A record for a 4 yrs passer rating (06-09) —while breaking a few dozen other SEC and NCAA records—lend to Tebow's mechanics being an obstacle he needs to overcome? Especially when you consider how Tebow transcended the phenomenal success he had in high school to the collegiate level with those same unorthodox mechanics.

Why does unorthodox have to equate to a flaw when the deafening sound of the successful results of the individual player speak otherwise?

If success were the result of performance, then why would we allow our opinions to assume otherwise? Especially considering how many other players have achieved greatness with unorthodox mechanics.

Byron Leftwich was a top 10 quarterback in 2005, the season before he was ultimately benched and replaced by a mobile quarterback. Last season, Leftwich managed to rank third in the league in touchdowns and yards combined before he was benched in game three after a failed attempt by his coaching staff to force him to play in an obsolete West Coast offensive scheme.

During the past two seasons, however, Leftwich had managed to have only one sack per 28 attempts, a far cry from the top 10 quarterback he is replacing in Pittsburgh. Ben Roethlisberger, with his conventional mechanics, has managed to only have 10 attempts per sack over the past two seasons.

In the past four seasons, the future Hall of Famer Roethlisberger has averaged nearly 50 sacks per season. His offensive coordinator last season blamed half of the sacks on the quarterback.

Even Eli Manning, with his conventional mechanics, managed to turn the ball over 22 times last season between lost fumbles and interceptions. The past four of five seasons his average rate of turnovers has been 22 per season.

The reason I bring these quarterbacks up is to prove that sacks and turnovers are not synonymous with long, unorthodox wind-up passes as we have been led to believe by the so-called experts.

Phillip Rivers said he has possessed his unorthodox throwing motion since he was a kid.

Rivers has been a top five quarterback during the past two seasons.

Rivers was No. 3 in quarterback rating in 2009, and No. 1 in 2008.

Who hasn't heard of the legends Jack Nicklaus and Brett Favre?

What do those guys have in common? Unorthodox mechanics.

From Brett's windmill that has the ball go from his knees to the end zone for touchdowns, to the "flying right elbow" of Nicklaus to his unorthodox interlocking grip, legendary success has resulted from the unorthodox performance of both of these athletes.

It is what it is and if it ain’t broke why fix it?

The premier strikeout pitcher in baseball today, have you heard of him? His name is Tim Lincecum. Guess what, his mechanics are unorthodox. Only in his fourth season, the ace is already a two-time defending Cy Young Award winner.

Rafael Nadal, ever hear of him? He too possess unorthodox mechanics.

The Spanish swashbuckler's success on clay has earned him the nickname "The King of Clay."

In the last 40 years, only three men have won the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year: Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg, and, you guessed it, Nadal.

Bjorn Borg, at the age of 13 used a then-unorthodox two-handed backhand, adapted from the slap shot in hockey, a game he favored as a child.

At only 24 years old, Nadal has already claimed his fifth French Open title last month.

Today, Andy Murray will face Nadal in a Wimbledon men's semifinals match, to see who plays Thomas Berdych in the final.

Could Nadal win both the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year, again? Stay tuned.

Contrary to popular belief, unorthodox mechanics do not mean flawed performance. It is not a hurdle a young player must overcome to be successful at the professional level.

As a matter of fact, when you look at recent trends, at this rate, the form could wind up being a requisite for becoming a legend at the next level. Who knows? No pun intended.