How "Tebowing" Fad Destroyed Tim Tebow's Legacy

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 30:  Linebacker Stephen Tulloch #55 of the Detroit Lions reacts by 'Tebowing' after making a sack on quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 30, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Is it possible to go from the most loved person in the country to the most mocked in the span of one week?

A week after the fad began, “Tebowing” is quickly turning into the easiest way to make fun of the embattled 23-year-old quarterback.

After Tim Tebow and the Broncos pulled off the miracle 15-point comeback against the Dolphins, the nation went into a frenzy. The website went from a few hundred hits a day to over 390,000 a day.

There isn’t a more polarizing figure in sports right now because of his strong religious beliefs and non-traditional style of play.

So when he began to kneel on one knee for a prayer after scoring a touchdown amidst all of the chaos going on around him, it was the perfect opportunity for both sides of the coin to mimic the motion. “Tebowing was born”.

The staunch supporters call it a tribute…the haters call it mocking.

So when he registered one of the worst performances of the year on Sunday in the Broncos' 45-10 loss to the Detroit Lions, the mockers strongly outweighed the supporters.

When Tebow was sacked by Stephen Tulloch and the Lions linebacker immediately dropped to one knee, the “Tebowing” craze finally had gone too far.

After the game, Tulloch told the Denver Post he has going to buy a “Tebowing” T-shirt.

Tight end Tony Scheffler also did a quick rendition of the move after he scored a touchdown.

It was embarrassing.

The fad is all fun and games when the Broncos are winning, but after a loss by 35 points…it’s no longer a joke. The Lions players all said they weren’t trying to be disrespectful, but actions speak much louder than words.

Tebow has turned from savior to punch line and it’s not good. Opponents aren’t respecting him, and their actions are showing us as much. Tebow is on the record as saying he is perfectly fine with the “Tebowing” phenomena, but I don’t think he gets that the mocking is now far outweighing the tributes.

With a horrific O-Line, no receivers and terrible running backs, it’s going to be a long rest of the season. There are going to be other stink-bomb performances as he learns how to be a quarterback in the NFL.  

I don’t think Tulloch and Scheffler were the last two guys to mock No. 15 this season. It’s not fair to Tebow and it’s killing his credibility as an NFL quarterback.


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