Detroit Lions Fans, Admit It: You Want to Watch Tim Tebow, Too

Zac Jones@zrojonesCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2010

ENGLEWOOD, CO - APRIL 23:  Tim Tebow is introduced by the Denver Broncos at a press conference at the Broncos Headquarters in Dove Valley on April 23, 2010 in Englewood, Colorado. The Broncos picked Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Yes, I know this is the Detroit Lions page.

Yes, I know you are probably sick of Tim Tebow.

Yes, I know you will be tuning in the second week of preseason football to watch Detroit take on the Denver Broncos.

Now, quick, raise your hand if you thought Tebow would be a first-round pick.

Hands down.

Raise your hand if you think he will be a good quarterback in the NFL. If you're anything like me, you'd have your hand firmly stapled to your desk.

Regardless of what I think of him as a player, I believe everyone is interested to see how he does this preseason. The Lions are one of the few lucky teams who have a shot to welcome him to the NFL. 

And by welcome him, I mean Ndamukong Suh laying down all 307 pounds of his house of spears, slamming him to the ground. 

Or Louis Delmas storming through the line on a safety blitz and crushing him. 

Even better, the "Pain Train," Zack Follett, choo chooing him like he did Danny Amendola.

Yup, I'm liking the sound of that!

There are many knocks on him, and I'll just point out a few. One, he's a Jesus freak. I don't know how some people find that to be a problem, but it is what it is, I suppose. Two, he has little to no experience playing in a pro-style offense. Three, he just isn't built like a quarterback, and his mechanics look awful. 

Now, don't get me wrong—I think Tebow is a great guy, and I honestly do wish him the best. I love his intensity and hard work ethic. I love how he shocked everyone by having such a great combine. But the analyst in me says he's never going to amount to anything in the league.

Still, I HAVE to see him play. I can't help it, and neither can you. 

Before being drafted 25th overall in the 2010 draft, no player has come out of college with as much hype as Tebow. Especially one who wasn't even a projected first-round lock. Yet when you examine all of his awards, you quickly understand.

I won't go list every award he's one; Google him if you want to know all that. All you have to know is that he is a Heisman Trophy winner, two-time first team All-American, three-time first team All-SEC player, two-time Maxwell Award winner, AP Player of the Year, and most importantly, two-time National Champion. 

And your Detroit Lions are going to most likely get a crack at him in Denver.

What do you the readers think of him?

Here are some quotes of NFL bigwigs.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden said, "He could revolutionize the pro game. Tim Tebow is 250 pounds, and he's the strongest human being that's ever played the position. He can throw well enough at any level."

Tony Dungy said he would pick Tebow with a top 10 pick and would take him over any quarterback in the 2010 draft.

Mel Kiper, Jr. said Tebow does not have the intangibles to play quarterback in the NFL. Then he compared him to Pat White.

Either way, the mans going to put butts in seats. I'd pay to watch his first start. The NFL community seems to agree as well—Tebow's jersey is currently the highest selling jersey in the NFL.

And I can't wait to watch him play!

You can follow Zac Jones on Twitter at http://twitter.com/zrojones. I'd also like to quickly thank Bleacher Report for giving me the opportunity to become the new Community Leader for our Detroit Lions. 


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