The meaning of the title of this article may be a little bit misleading.
For me, being a fan of the Chicago Bears for so many years, I have had to endure a lot of listening to how good Brett Favre is (along with watching him pick off the Bears on a regular basis) and have realized that Favre has become what many consider to be a “media darling”.
This is not a biased opinion by any means and the facts are there to prove it.
I know that Favre is a proven winner and he’s taken the Packers and the Vikings into the playoffs but the media has taken Favre and made him one of its most featured people. Last year when Favre was deciding whether or not to retire, media outlets were hanging on his every word.
We even saw helicopter footage of Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress driving Favre from the airport to the Vikings headquarters. Is that excessive?
We see Favre Watch on NFL Network on a near daily basis and the media rushes to him every time he has something to say or something happens to him. You hear about him constantly on the news, in the papers, and in almost every sports magazine.
He’s good at baiting the media to get them to hang on his every word and he loves the spotlight. No one can deny that.
Enter Tim Tebow, the new media darling of the NFL.
If you watched the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, all of the television coverage leading up to the draft and all of it following the draft, who is the player that the coverage mentioned the most? Tebow.
Before the draft it was, “Where will Tebow go?" Right after he was drafted, media outlets erupted with stories about why he was picked, what his future looks like, and what the possibilities were for the Denver Broncos.
Granted, the media has its right to cover a story, but the coverage and devotion that the media gave Tebow before, during, and after the draft has been way too much. As I mentioned before, I am a Bears fan, but I don’t know as much about their first pick in the draft, Major Wright, as I do about Tebow now.
Every day I hear something about Tebow. Whether it was how he was doing in the Broncos minicamp to how he arrived in Denver and what he’s doing on a daily basis.
I guess every form of media has to have its “darling”. The entertainment industry has Sandra Bullock, the music industry has Justin Bieber, and now the NFL has Tebow to focus on, make us feel good, and give us hope.
Frankly, like other fans I know, I am sick of hearing all about Tebow and having to listen to Tebow all the time. Tell me more about him when he is doing something good is what I say. For now, let’s stop the over-hyped coverage and get on with something else.
Tebow is like Favre in the way that the media hangs on his every word and both know how to play the media to their advantage. Both players love the spotlight and can’t stand to be out of it for too long and the media can’t stand to be away from them too long.
Just when we think we hear the last of Favre, he turns up again making big waves in the media. Tebow will be the exact same way.
Even though this guy hasn’t done a thing in the NFL—and may not for a couple of years—the media is still treating him like he’s the next coming of a great NFL player already. Just like they do with Favre.
Let’s hope that it calms down and we hear less about the two.