Josh Duhamel Takes to Twitter to Defend Tim Tebow from Merril Hoge

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 27, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets leaves the field after loss to San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky /Getty Images)
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Actor Josh Duhamel could only take so much Tim Tebow bullying before he stepped in to defend the backup quarterback. 

It all begins with the latest Merril Hoge troll session on Tebow.  If Tebow is your fit self, Hoge is that extra 15 pounds that hangs around your waist after Christmas. The man is glued to the Jets quarterback and willing to go above and beyond to let you in on his thoughts about him. 

Recently, the ESPN analyst and former NFL player took to SportsCenter and called out Tebow for being "phony" amid an ongoing quarterback controversy, via ESPN.

To me, it smells like three-day-old fish. I think he's as phony as a three-dollar bill. All of a sudden now it's unacceptable? All of a sudden now I want to play quarterback and I don't want to play the Wildcat? There shouldn't even be this story. ... I think this shows really what he's about.

There was a time when pretty much anyone seeing or hearing that quote would have headed towards Hoge with pitchforks.

Sullying the name Tebow was done with the assumption that millions had his back on Twitter, Facebook and anywhere else voices could be heard on this glorious Internet machine.  After a season of scant use, Jets futility and ESPN overexposure, America is nearly exhausted with the name Tebow. There is, however, one more person willing to "troll a troll"—actor Josh Duhamel. 

After hearing the latest rant from Hoge, and then seeing a sly barb on Twitter, the 40-year-old actor decided to tweet this gem.

@merrilhoge hey merril. Josh Duhamel here. Wondering why you're such a jealous bitch about Tebow? He's 10x the player you were.

— Josh Duhamel (@joshduhamel) December 24, 2012

Seeing as how he didn't tweet this with a microphone, we might imagine Duhamel dropped his smart phone and walked away with a swagger.

I think we can all agree Hoge is fishing for more attention, and Duhamel just put an end to it, hopefully.

As for Tebow, he is still the most polarizing athlete who doesn't play all that much. 

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