Tim Tebow: How I Learned to Stop Hating and Began Embracing Tebow

Euno LeeCorrespondent INovember 23, 2011

Tim Tebow is perhaps the most polarizing quarterback in the NFL not named Michael Vick, but there's really no reason for all the debate.
Tim Tebow is perhaps the most polarizing quarterback in the NFL not named Michael Vick, but there's really no reason for all the debate.Peter Aiken/Getty Images

It crept up on me, through my Facebook news feed. One of my Christian friends posted a video with the comment that Tim Tebow had responded to Jake Plummer's pointed criticism of Tebow's unbridled love for all things Jesus with the following illustrative analogy:   

"If you're married and you have a wife and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife 'I love her' the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and every opportunity? That's how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ."

For those of you who are philosophy majors, that was an improper analogy. Since Tebow suggests he would tell his wife everyday that he loves her, it would follow that if the analogy were to hold true, Tebow would tell just Jesus that he loves Him everyday, and you know, not everyone else on Earth.

That said, there are a lot of things that don't logically follow about Tim Tebow, like how someone with a slow, chunky release and a 44.8 percent completion rating on the year could be 4-1 as a starting quarterback with an astounding 7-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.  

But it's never been about logic with the young quarterback out of Florida, whose recent string of victories has the Denver Broncos back at .500 after Kyle Orton's flatfooted a 1-4 start.

Granted, it's not like the Broncos have been playing the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens in recent weeks, and Tebow remains appallingly awkward to watch.  

Critics point to Tebow's low completion percentage and his absolutely woeful throwing mechanics as weak points. However, is Tim Tebow a complete bust and a meltdown waiting to happen?  

Skip Bayless, an unabashed supporter of Tebow, interviewed the Broncos' starting quarterback today on ESPN First Take, and it was vintage Tebow.  

For those of you of age, here's an idea for a drinking game. Before you roll the interview footage, get with two other friends and take the following phrases: "focus," "every single day" and "the Lord," and every time you hear one of those phrases, you take a shot. The object of the game is to die of alcohol poisoning.  

Tim Tebow is one of the most long-winded, frustratingly repetitive interviews in recent memory, made even less sympathetic by what many perceive to be his Christian grandstanding. The near-constant references to his faith and Jesus Christ ceaselessly gall the politically correct masses, including former players and NFL analysts across the nation.

However, is all this venom towards Tebow even justified?

Let's take a quick look at Tim Tebow, the football player. Looking at his numbers and his mechanics, the words "worst starting quarterback ever" get thrown around without any thought to a former four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro selection quarterback who had a slow release, a low completion percentage but an uncanny knack for coming through in crunch time.  

Anyone remember Drew Bledsoe?  

It doesn't sound all that outrageous that Tebow tops out as a dual-threat mutated Bledsoe with some crunch-time chops and a couple playoff victories. Since Tebow is still young, it's a little too early to pour cement on his shaky foundations as a quarterback.  

What will help precipitate any potential improvements in Tebow's on-the-field prowess, however, has to be something that was honed off-the-field over the course of his entire life: his positive attitude. Toward the end of his interview with Bayless, Tebow delivered yet another lengthy monologue, this time with a much more interesting message.  

While it is entirely up to us as people to derive any moral worth from Tebow's performance as a human being, it is impossible to ignore as analysts the potential worth of his attitude to his team.

Tebow's sheer desire to win games makes him a winner, but Tebow's willingness to sacrifice himself and put the team before himself could be the rare type of intangible leadership trait that may land him the Denver Broncos starting quarterback job in the long term.  

After all, if you want to win football games, wouldn't you want a born winner like Tebow leading your team? It just seems like simple logic.