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Tim Tebow: Denver Broncos Quarterback Isn't Going to Quit, so Criticize Away

ENGLEWOOD, CO - JULY 28:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass during training camp at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre at Dove Valley on July 28, 2011 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Daniel MorrillCorrespondent IAugust 4, 2011

From Merril Hoge to middle school football coaches, it seems like everyone is quick to criticize Tim Tebow’s pursuit of being an NFL quarterback. 

Fortunately, even though Tebow has heard the critics, he hasn’t listened.  Ever since he began having success at Florida, people have been in his ear telling him how he won’t ever play quarterback in the NFL. 

Your mechanics are off.  You’re not accurate enough.  You take to long to throw.  You should really think about becoming a tight end.  I'm sure he’s heard it all. 

But, unlike many other kids with a dream, Tebow hasn’t given up on his yet.  For that we should applaud him. 

What do athletes always say whenever they talk to kids?  “Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do,” or something along those lines. 

Experts and fans alike tell Tebow what he can’t do every single day.  He doesn’t care.  It's not going to diminish how hard he works, or take away his drive to someday become an elite NFL quarterback.

At 2:06 ET today Tebow tweeted,

Just like  said, "...one important thing in sports, it doesn't matter what anybody else says." #Fuel

He's not giving up.

Experts have been wrong about quarterbacks before, probably more than any other position.  How many guys have been raved about and then turned into complete busts, and how many guys who were never mentioned have become stars?

The guy Tebow is competing with for a job faced similar criticism coming out of college.  There was a lot of speculation that Kyle Orton would never become a starter in the NFL, despite the huge success he had in college.  I think even the experts will tell you that Tebow was a better quarterback prospect than Orton was coming out of school.

I don’t pretend to know any more about football than an average fan does.  Analysts like Merril Hoge who have jumped on Tebow’s back certainly know much more about quarterbacking than I will ever know.  Tebow may very well fail as a quarterback, but I don’t think it's anyone’s right to criticize him for trying.  It’s no one’s right to laugh at him for going after his dream.

Kyle Orton will likely be named the Broncos starter at quarterback this season, and that may very well be what's best for the team right now.  Tebow will do everything he can to improve, and will work just as hard as he would if he was starting.  That's all you can ask from any athlete.  

So, tell Tebow all you want that he’ll never amount to anything.  I’m sure he doesn’t enjoy it, but it's not going to stop him. 

I, for one, am hoping he proves you wrong.

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