As I read through several NFL analysts' take on whether Tim Tebow would be ready to play in the NFL, I am noticing a striking resemblance to Aaron Rodgers—a late first-round pick who was benched for his first three years but has since gone on to have notable success as a starter.
Here are a list of similarities that Tebow has to Aaron Rodgers:
- Tebow was picked 25th overall, while Rodgers was picked 24th. One pick difference.
- Both had controversial throwing motions in college, which they attempted to fix when they joined the NFL.
- Both were (or are) planned to be benched during their first year, in favor of a veteran.
- Both had fantastic college careers.
- Both are very mobile quarterbacks who played runningback in middle school, but transferred to quarterback due to injuries.
- Both are considered "fan favorites" and "babe magnets."
The question is, will Tebow have the same success Rodgers has had in the past two years?
Or will he just become a bust, like everyone has predicted?
My hope is that Tebow will pull through. He certainly has the heart and will power to become successful. The only question is: Do the Broncos believe in him?
That's what it all comes down to, doesn't it?
If the Broncos' coaching staff has the patience and the determination to make Tebow a franchise quarterback, he can and will become the next Aaron Rodgers.
But if they don't, then he will, as everyone predicted, be doomed to become a bust.
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