Tim Tebow: Whether You Hate Him or Love Him, You'll Be Watching

Kyle ThompsonContributor IApril 26, 2010

On April 22, 2010, the Denver Broncos selected the most decorated player in the history of college football. One Timothy Richard Tebow was selected with the 25th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. 

We all know what Tebow is about off the field.  He is a man of God, a good Christian boy, and he has gone on many missions to help the less fortunate.  He even had Bible verses written on his eye-black for his games at the University of Florida. 

Not to mention his intangibles, this is what everyone raves about when talking about his football playing ability.  He is one of the hardest working players ever, he leads by example (first one to the building, last one to leave), he is very intelligent, no off-the-field issues, and refuses to quit.

When I hear those characteristics I think of names like:  Peyton, Brees, and Brady, just to name a few.  What do these three quarterbacks have in common?  Super Bowl ring(s). 

There are however, many criticisms about Tebow’s game.  Many of which I agree. 

He has an elongated throwing motion, he never had to read defenses (like as if he was in a pro-style offense), he is used to playing with a bunch of playmakers, he was babied (by Urban Meyer), he is strictly a spread quarterback (and those don’t work in the NFL), and he has great athleticism, but unfortunately it is better suited for an H-back/TE. 

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Mel Kiper Jr. is on record saying, "I don’t think Tim Tebow will be an NFL quarterback."  Okay, so maybe Tebow won’t be a superstar right away, but does that make him a failure?        

Jon Gruden had this to say about Tim, “He’s a courageous, competitive, play-making, undeniable force. I think he’s going to be a great success.”  Jon Gruden also has a Super Bowl ring. 

Now just because he has an opinion and Super Bowl ring doesn’t mean anything.  Also, just because he has similar intangibles as the three championship quarterbacks, doesn’t mean he will end up as great as them.  But it doesn’t hurt. 

Another criticism is since he isn’t going be a starter right away, how can all these leadership qualities help; no one will follow a back-up.  This isn’t college anymore Timmy, you can’t just step right in have the respect of your teammates, that is earned in the NFL. 

I was wondering how many games Troy Aikman won in his first couple of years in the NFL?  Peyton Manning? Steve Young?  Terry Bradshaw?  How did these future Hall Of Fame QBs fair in their first couple of seasons after being selected number one? 

Even if Tebow doesn’t play right away or even succeed in his first two or three seasons, does that make him a bust, a terrible pick, or a word that you would never think would go hand and hand with Tim – A Loser?

The criticisms I mentioned in the first paragraph, maybe his biggest one, he has already started working on fixing those. He has started to improve his throwing motion before he was even drafted. 

I like how everyone is quick to point out how much he needs to work on and automatically assume he can’t make it as an NFL quarterback.  Doesn’t pretty much every quarterback, even players for that matter need to learn things, work on things? 

If not, find me these perfect prospects? 

I researched for myself to find a prospect that had everything you could want in an NFL quarterback, Jeff George.  He went number one overall to the Indianapolis Colts in 1990 out of Illinois and his career wasn’t the greatest.  If that isn’t a good enough example of a player thought of to be a great NFL prospect, that didn’t work out I am sure I could find another. 

I understand he has more to work on than the better prospects, but does that mean it won’t work? If there is anyone that can take on this challenge, with this amount of scrutiny and expectation of failure, it is Tim Tebow. 

He is very confident, hard working, and passionate; his loves are God, family, football (in that order).  He refuses to lose, meaning he will give everything he has to make sure his team has the best chance to win.  He loves his teammates as if they are his own family, he doesn’t want to let anyone down.  If you think the amount of pressure put on him by the organization, fans, and league is a lot, that isn’t even close to the expectations this man has of himself.

I know religion is a very touchy and debatable topic, but one of the most powerful bible verses Tim had on his eye black in college was Philippians 4:13, which is:  “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” 

He believes with God, anything is possible with hard work. 

So how is Tim at an advantage?  He isn’t, but what this tells you is that he believes all things are possible, things happen for a reason.  He believes whole-heartily that with hard work and faith in God; God will aid him in his journey as an NFL quarterback.

Ultimately, Tebow has many things going against him and it does put him at a disadvantage.  I agree with that.  Most rookie QBs are, however, at a disadvantage. 

Tim landed in a great spot in Denver, a team that really doesn’t have a true starting QB.  They have Kyle Orton, their starter from a year ago, who is average at best.  They traded for Brady Quinn, who has struggled in his first couple of years, to say the least.  Lastly, they have Tom Brandstater who has little to no NFL experience. 

In Denver Tim will have a great chance to compete for the starting job. 

If he doesn’t win that job, which many don’t expect that he will (neither do I), he will more than likely be the number two and watch and learn from the sidelines.  Not to mention he gets to work with a quarterback guru, Josh McDaniels. 

If he does win the job, he will be put on a team that is pretty solid, not great, but solid. 

What is Denver known for?  Their running attack.  They’re always able to run the ball, which will help take pressure off of Tim Tebow.  So it won’t be terrible if he starts right away.

I wrote this article with the intention of getting some people going; making them go off on me and tell me Tebow will NEVER be a good QB or a QB in the NFL for that matter.  Which is great, I love opinions as long as they have factual evidence or logical reasoning to back them up.  The main intention though was for all of you haters, to maybe shift a little bit closer to becoming a believer that Tim Tebow will be a good QB in the NFL and maybe persuade you that he will be great. 

Now I am not saying Tim Tebow is the next Brett Favre, John Elway, Joe Montana, Tom Brady, or even Peyton Manning.  What I am saying is that if you bet against Tebow you are making the same mistake 31 other teams made in this year’s draft.  When someone has everything you CAN’T teach and more, but what they lack is what CAN be taught and that player IS willing to BE taught, that equation more than not adds up to be - greatness. 

As Rudy Tomjanovich once said, “Don’t EVER, underestimate the heart of champion.”

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