Tim Tebow: If Tebow Was African-American, Would He Be a Starting QB in the NFL?
Nice vote of confidence, huh?
Let’s face it folks: Even though the Denver Broncos are 3-1 with Tebow as the starting quarterback, it is all but apparent he is not equipped at this point to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Against my Kansas City Chiefs, Tebow completed just 2-of-8 passes for the entire game: Yes, one was for a touchdown, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.
The Broncos ran the ball a staggering 55 times against the Chiefs defense. Despite Tebow's inept play the team still managed to win. Tebow is getting a bulk of the credit but the Broncos defense and running game is putting them in a position to win for the most part, not Tebow’s play.
Despite being a two-time National Champion and a Heisman Trophy winner as a Florida Gator, some felt Tebow’s success would not translate into NFL stardom. I was one of the doubters. But for some odd reason Josh McDaniels grabbed Tebow in the first round last year and now Fox is stuck with him.
Despite his limitations as a quarterback, Tebow is a full-fledged folk hero. His stardom has reached epic proportions largely due to his flock of fans, a result of his heroic play as a Florida Gator and his faith. Despite his awful footwork and his 44 percent completion rate, he lines up under center as one of the 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL.
Did Tim Tebow earn the right to be a starting quarterback in the NFL?
Even more perplexing is the following: How was Tebow elevated from third string at the start of the season to become a starting quarterback without beating out the two guys in front of him?
If Tebow with all his deficiencies was African-American, would he be a starting quarterback in the NFL right now?
Historically there have been many African-American quarterbacks with skill sets much better than Tebow’s yet they never got a chance at quarterback. The likes of Major Harris, Tony Rice, Tommy Frazier and Charlie Ward come to mind. They were quarterbacks who excelled at the highest level in college. They all could run as well as throw but all got snubbed by the NFL.
In the case of Ward, he was the Heisman Trophy winner in 1993. Ward was a superb athlete. He excelled in baseball, basketball and football yet he was duped by the NFL. He was labeled with the negative stereotypes. He was too short, had a weak arm, could not read defenses and was not accurate enough
In 1993, Ward was tall enough to win the Heisman Trophy and accurate enough to complete 70 percent of his passes. His arm was strong enough to pass for 3,032 yards, 27 touchdowns against just four interceptions.
Ward is the best quarterback to ever come out of the state of Florida. Why did Ward get snubbed by the NFL while Tebow occupies a position he did not earn?
Remember Kordell “Slash” Stewart? He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 1995 NFL Draft. Unlike Tebow, Stewart did not have an offense built to suit him. Instead of playing quarterback he was switched to wide receiver for two seasons until he finally got his shot in 1997. He then took the Steelers to the 1997 AFC Championship Game.
Why has Tebow not been asked to switch positions like Stewart?
More recently: Before Cam Newton was drafted, the so-called NFL experts—more notably ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr.—suggested Newton could not read defenses and he was not accurate enough to succeed in the NFL. It was suggested the simplistic offense he ran at Auburn would not translate well at the next level.
Newton has proved all of his critics wrong at the next level. That being said, why wasn’t Newton catered to like Tebow has been? The Carolina Panthers did not baby Newton and create an offense for him did they? He was given the playbook and told to learn it.
Unlike African-American quarterbacks past and present, Tebow has been given the royal treatment. He was elevated over backups Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn without besting them on the practice field. Then he was given a chance to start despite being a terrible practice player.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrell Pryor was stereotyped like many African-American quarterbacks from the past. Despite having very good numbers as a quarterback at Ohio State, he was viewed by scouts as a tight end because of his athleticism. Pryor, despite the critics, was taken by the Raiders as a quarterback.
Tebow is perceived to be athletic, right? Why wasn’t he urged by critics to switch to another position like Pryor was?
If Pryor were in Denver, do you think an offense would be created to cater to his athletic prowess rather than his wayward skills as a quarterback?
When many sports authorities describe Tebow's ability to lead, his intangibles and his will to win are used to justify the current opportunity he has. History has proven African-American quarterbacks are characterized as lacking the latter.
Bottom line: Tebow is not an NFL quarterback. He should not be one of the 32 starting quarterbacks who line up under center on Sunday because in my opinion he has not earned it.
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