Every single one of us have heard, and to some degree, said or had the same doubts about Tim Tebow—great college quarterback, not so great NFL quarterback. Accuracy is poor, mechanics are abysmal, and he lacks the tools to be a quarterback in today's NFL.
When he was assigned clean-up duty at the end of the 2010 NFL season, football analysts all over buried Tebow. Few, if any, had anything good to say. In the last three games of the Denver Broncos' season, Tebow led the team to one win, but of course that wasn't good enough.
Enter the 2011 season, and reportedly Tebow was delegated to the third string as Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn stood before him. Instead of whining and crying, Tebow went to work and continued to lead by example by doing what he was told to do. Never did we hear Tebow complain or say anything in the press about any disappointment.
The NFL talking heads went to work as well. They made sure that everyone in ear-shot heard what they had to say: Tim Tebow is a problem for John Elway and the Denver Broncos. He was drafted by the previous head coach, and now current head coach John Fox has to deal with the distraction.
However, some Denver faithful wanted Tebow in the game and starting. A group went as far as purchasing billboard space in Denver demanding that Tebow be made the starter. The distraction for Elway and Fox was becoming quickly out of control.
Then Fox's hand was forced—the Broncos ran their record to 1-4, and a change was made. Enter Timothy Richard Tebow.
The overall sentiment across the league was, "Well, the Broncos aren't going to make the playoffs anyway, so why not put Tebow in so Elway and Fox can see what they have and determine what direction they will need to go after the season," especially since Orton and Quinn's contracts expire at the end of the season.
Well, it looks like the Denver Broncos are finding out right now what they have in Tim Tebow—a winner.
He is now 4-1 as a starter this season, and the Denver Broncos are in position to compete for the AFC West title.
How's that crow tasting, doubters?
Anything short of simply walking on water, Tim Tebow will always have his naysayers, but one thing no one can ever dispute is his "it" factor. He is a winner. He is a leader. And most importantly, he is proving most people wrong.
Yes, there is plenty of football left, and no, Tim Tebow is not going to lead the Broncos to the Super Bowl anytime soon. That being said, Tebow is being allowed to play his game and win his way. As long as the coaching staff of the Denver Broncos designs game plans around Tebow's strengths and allow him to be "Tebow," then the Broncos may end up in the postseason.
Stay tuned—the Gator Nation watched it for four years, and now the NFL world is watching it, too. The Tim Tebow phenomenon continues to grow right before our eyes.