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Tim Tebow: Has the NFL Found Its Elvis Presley?

April WallContributor IIIOctober 25, 2011

Tim Tebow: Has the NFL Found Its Elvis Presley?

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    When the name Elvis Presley is mentioned, what does it make you think of? Founder of rock and roll perhaps? Showstopper? Unique? Or simply The King (personally my favorite)? When people make the argument that one man can change the world, you need look no further than Elvis as a prime example of that fact. This small-town boy came sizzling onto the scene, and music never looked the same. Of course, the older generation fought the change and labeled him evil and a passing craze. Boy, were they wrong on that one.

    So, is Timmy Tebow the NFL's "King"? This guy has made waves in the NFL before he was even drafted. His technique is derided and his faith is ridiculed. Before being drafted, it was said he wouldn't go first round. After going first round, it was said he'd never see play in his first year.

    After playing in his first season, it was said he'd never get the starting position. After taking over as starter, it was said he'd never win. And now after winning, it's being said he'll never become great.

    Well, I beg to differ. I don't want to be with the detractors and end up on the wrong side of history on this one. I'm calling it now. Tim Tebow will be a great NFL quarterback, and dare I say one of the greatest of all time changing the game of football forever. Unrealistic prediction? Maybe, but just remember what they said about a young country boy from Tupelo.

Who Doesn't Love Their Mama?

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    Does a mother's love indicate a successful child? In the case of Elvis Presley and Tim Tebow, the case can be made for yes, yes it does.

    Elvis was famous for being a mama's boy. His mother, Gladys Presley, was his biggest cheerleader and supporter. Gladys gave birth to two boys in 1935; however, Elvis' brother did not survive. From that moment on, it's as if Gladys poured her love for both sons into one child, and that fact was never lost on Elvis. One of his first purchases after hitting it big was a pink Cadillac for his mother. Elvis remained very close to his mother until her death in 1958, which many say changed him immeasurably.

    Can the same strong mother-son bond be seen in Tim Tebow and his mother? Why, of course. This is the guy who caused a national stir with his Focus on the Family commercial during the 2010 Super Bowl in which his mother told the story of how she was advised to terminate her pregnancy because the doctors thought Tim was a possible tumor. 

    Pam Tebow, against the advice of those doctors, decided to keep her child and gave birth to one of the greatest college football players we've ever seen and potentially an equally great NFL quarterback.  

    If your mother risked her life for yours, how could you not try to be all you can be?    

True Southern Gentlemen

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    Can manners and a strong spiritual faith propel a person into the fame stratosphere? It seems to be working for Tebow as it did for Elvis.

    It is a well-known fact that Tim Tebow wears his faith on his sleeve. He organizes before-game and after-game prayers with teammates and opponents alike. He always thanks God before beginning any press conference, and his signature tag line is GB2, which stands for God Bless and Go Broncos.  

    Even though he is a recent transplant to Denver, Tebow has not lost any of his Southern charm or manners. While recently appearing on the John Elway Show, Tim only addressed John as Mr. Elway, and naturally, he offered a "God bless" before leaving the show.

    When it came to Elvis Presley, no matter how big his star got, he always remained the perfect gentleman. Many fellow actors have attested to the fact that Elvis always utilized his manners even at the height of his fame. He also released seven gospel records throughout his career, keeping his spiritual connections strong.  

    While these factors may not make one a better football player or musician, in these two examples, it certainly hasn't hurt. 

These Two Get Us All Shook Up

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    When Elvis broke onto the scene, the biggest impact he had on the music was the swivel of his hips. On his first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," he was only shot from the waist up because his gyrations were thought to be sending teenage girls into a frenzy. Elvis always said he didn't intend on becoming a sex symbol; he just couldn't keep still on stage. Ironically enough, this good Christian boy was thought to be a tool of the devil, and initially, many radio stations refused to play his music.

    As seen in the video above, Tim Tebow has his own set of unique moves. Traditional QB will never be a moniker used for this guy, and that's just fine. He scrambles and darts and rushes for 20-plus yards when other quarterbacks would throw it away or run out of bounds towards safety.

    And this kind of playing is causing a real upset in the NFL. The commentators on this video alone argue among each others regarding Tebow's athleticism. Obviously, to at least a few analysts, running out of a possible sack for a 21-yard gain isn't all that athletic. It's just reckless.  

    However you feel about Tebow's moves on the field, the truth of the matter is it definitely gets people talking.

Haters Gonna Hate

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    For all the love Elvis was shown, he had his share of detractors as well. Before he was the King, he was known by many parents simply as that boy who was singing the devil's music. He was corrupting the youth of America and bastardizing the music they loved. Who did this hillbilly punk think he was? He obviously was just a fad, and in a year or two, he'd be forgotten. I wonder how that turned out for them.

    Now today, we find Tim Tebow in the middle of his own hater bonanza. While men and women from the age of one to 100 love this kid, he has almost an equal number of naysayers. As pictured above, Merril Hoge, an ESPN analyst, makes a pastime out of hating on Tebow. He made sure to rip Tim to shreds during the offseason after watching him practice and makes weekly appearances negating any improvements Tebow may make the week before.  

    And Hoge isn't the only hater out there. Between radio, TV and Internet, Tebow's name is all over the place and not always presented in the best light. As for Tim's reaction, he says it's just fuel to him, and he hopes the hating never stops.  

The World Will Never Be the Same

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    When the name Elvis Presley is mentioned, what does it make you think of? Founder of rock and roll perhaps? Showstopper? Unique? Or simply The King (personally my favorite)? When people make the argument that one man can change the world, you need look no further than Elvis as a prime example of that fact. This small-town boy came sizzling onto the scene, and music never looked the same. Of course, the older generation fought the change and labeled him evil and a passing craze. Boy, were they wrong on that one.

    So, is Timmy Tebow the NFL's "King?" This guy has made waves in the NFL before he was even drafted. His technique is derided and his faith is ridiculed. Before being drafted, it was said he wouldn't go first round. After going first round, it was said he'd never see play in his first year.

    After playing in his first season, it was said he'd never get the starting position. After taking over as starter, it was said he'd never win. And now after winning, it's being said he'll never become great.

    Well, I beg to differ. I don't want to be with the detractors and end up on the wrong side of history on this one. I'm calling it now. Tim Tebow will be a great NFL quarterback, and dare I say one of the greatest of all time changing the game of football forever. Unrealistic prediction? Maybe, but just remember what they said about a young country boy from Tupelo.

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