A Tale of Two QBs: How Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow's Careers Parallel

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIAugust 12, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 11:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during a preseason game at Cowboys Stadium on August 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Everyone seems to have an opinion on Tim Tebow and I’m no different.

As an SEC fan, I hated Tebow. Not because he wasn’t a good kid, I just didn’t like him because he was too good at beating everyone else.

Believe me,  no one took bigger joy out of seeing him cry in the 09 SEC Championship Game after losing to Alabama then me. But this latest Tebow drama reminds me of another SEC quarterback—Peyton Manning.

Remember the controversies that arise surrounding Manning while he was an NFL prospect? It started back when Manning was a Heisman Trophy candidate. He was a shoe in many thought for the 1998 Heisman Trophy until ESPN decided that there wasn’t enough defensive winners and decided to help Charles Woodson get the trophy.

Looking back on it, neither one of them would have been a bad choice, but the way it was done is what still ticks many Tennessee fans off till this day. It was seen as agenda pushing on the part of ESPN and maybe to a certain extent it was.

Then there was an actually discussion about who was the better quarterback: Manning or Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf. There were the “experts” who thought there was no contest—Leaf was the better player. We all saw how that turned out.

I wonder sometimes if that’s what is happening with Tim Tebow. Manning was the All-American boy whom many disliked because of who he was and where he came from. Manning was the boy next door like Tebow.

A lot of people kept pointing out that Manning was not a winner because he couldn’t beat Florida while he was in college and therefore, wouldn’t be a winner in the NFL. Seems like the same is being said about Tebow.

Tebow has a weird delivery and doesn’t practice well, but that doesn't mean that he won’t make it as an NFL quarterback. Although most of the time I’m not one of those people who think ESPN or other networks have it out for certain folks, situations like this make you wonder.

Tebow should use Manning’s situation as a lesson and motivation, but I’m sure knowing Tebow’s mindset, he already has.