"It's a bird!" "It's a plane!" "It's Superman!"
Nope, it's just that darn Tim Tebow again.
Last year, Superman took the form of Florida Gators' sophomore quarterback. Not even Kryptonite could hinder Tebow, who eventually went on to win the Heisman award later that season.
This year it is a totally different story—or, shall i say, comic book.
So far in 2008 we have seen a watered down version of Tebow. He does not seem like the playmaker he once was.
Wait a minute.
Tebow is possibly playing the smartest and most efficient football of his life this season. He has a passer rating of 152.85 and has only thrown one interception in 149 attempts.
This Florida quarterback is his own worst enemy. He will never live up to his performance from last season.
Come on. Did you really believe Tebow would reproduce the numbers he put up last year? In 2007, he put up stats that were unheard of.
He became the first player in NCAA history to rush for 20 touchdowns and pass for 20 touchdowns.
Wait; there is more.
Tebow also broke the record for total touchdowns in a season with 55, both rushing and passing, for at least one touchdown in every game last year.
Did we really think he would surpass those numbers? They are records for a reason.
Tebow has played more like a game manager in 2008. But isn't this the exact reason we all believed he wouldn't succeed? He was not a traditional quarterback that could manage the game.
Now we are witnessing Tim Tebow, game manager—and, when needed, Tim Tebow, playmaker.
How can we criticize a player that is evolving into a more complete quarterback right in front of our eyes?
Isn't this what we say is wrong with quarterbacks that are playmakers—that they aren't good game managers? Michael Vick, Eric Crouch, and the list goes on.
Sure, his numbers are down, but Tebow is still Superman.
He has to be.
Only a superhero can be criticized for not being perfect.