Tim Tebow: Why He Has What It Takes to Be an NFL Starter

Brandon ReiterCorrespondent IIOctober 27, 2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 09:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos looks to deliver a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 29-24.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow has proven many people wrong throughout his football career. People said he wouldn't be able to be a successful starter in college, a Heisman trophy winner, a championship contender or a first-round draft pick. Yet he was still able to be all of these.

Even though he has shown that he has talent, people are still doubting his ability to compete as an NFL starter. 

Tim Tebow is a winner. Argue that, I dare you.

He won two championships and a Heisman at Florida, when he wasn't even "supposed' to be good.

And now, guess what? He's not "supposed" to be good in the NFL, but watch out. He shut the haters up in Gainesville and made everyone's jaw drop in the process. Expect the same in Denver.

Yes, he came in and had a rough game against a horrible team who was using their third-string quarterback. But did you see him give up? Did you see him make bad decisions when it mattered? No, you didn't; you saw him keep his composure. You saw him lead his team from a remarkable deficit. And of course, you saw a clutch performance.

Overcoming a 15-point deficit is impressive, regardless of the opponent. 

When Florida lost to Ole Miss in the midst of one of Florida's seasons, Tebow made his famous promise that he lived up to. He vowed that he and his team would work as hard as possible to become victorious. They won every single game after that including the national championship. That kind of determination is exactly what a starter in the NFL needs.

Similar to Aaron Rodgers, Tebow has mobility, but he does not need to rely on it to get yards. His ability to use his feet as a weapon is just another talent that he uses to force defenses to keep an eye on. Being a dual-threat quarterback is a rare talent that exploits defenses. 

He was not an immediate starter in the NFL, but neither were the best two quarterbacks in the league right now (Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers). He had time to develop on the bench, and he has even more time to develop as a starter. Tebow did not start immediately in college as well, sitting behind Chris Leak, and we all saw how that one panned out. 

So far he has been clean with his off-field actions, allowing for no distractions from football—an attribute we have not seen from all quarterbacks including Michael Vick, Vince Young and Ben Roethlisberger. A true quarterback is dedicated to his game and won't let anything affect it.

If there is a point to take away from this article, here it is: It is very easy to write someone off based on their lack of predetermined attributes that society wants. Sure, Tebow doesn't have the ideal release or the perfect pocket presence, but Tebow has the intangibles. He has the integrity, courage and determination that a quarterback needs. He has proven people wrong before, and he is about to do it again.

So why are people writing him off so early? Is it because he's not traditional? Because he's built like a fullback? I don't know; you tell me, anti-Tebow fans.