The fourth quarter in a football game is crunch time.
It is the time period where the best of the best are suppose to stand out from everyone else and carry their team to victory. Whether it is hanging on to a lead or making a dramatic comeback, these players are instantly recognizable.
While his career is still young, Tim Tebow has taken on this role for the Denver Broncos.
Tebow already has six fourth quarter comebacks on his resume with only 19 total games played in his career. This means that Tim Tebow has brought his team back in the fourth quarter in about 32% of the games he has played.
It is an amazing statistic when your really think about it in the big picture.
It is also incredible how Tebow improves in the fourth quarter. We all know that he isn't the most technically sound passer in the league. There are times when he is down right awful.
However, his numbers tell a different story when the final quarter rolls around.
Tebow's completion percentage jumps up by 10 points on his season total and six of his 11 passing touchdowns have come in the fourth quarter. His quarterback rating also makes a big jump by 23 points. Not to mention all of his running statistics improve including three of his five rushing touchdowns have come in the fourth.
Many feel that Tebow will never be able to keep up this pace. They figure that his poor mechanics will catch up to him eventually.
For me, it is too early to tell. I believe that Tebow has the potential to be one of the great players in the NFL.
If he can manage to continue his fourth quarter magic, he will join some of these all-time greats on a very exclusive list.