Tim Tebow: Why Is He so Polarizing Among NFL Fans?

Ben ArnoldContributor INovember 11, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays before their game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on November 6, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow.  The very mentioning of his name strikes hatred and love in so many people.

People hate him for no reason than besides the fact he isn't a conventional NFL quarterback.  People hate him for his religious views.  People hate him for his positive attitude.

People love him for his style of play in the NFL, it brings a breath of fresh air to the conventional pocket passers.  People love his religious convictions.  People love his positive attitude amidst a plethora of negative attitudes towards him.

The thing is, Tim Tebow has never really done anything to warrant people hating him so much.  I understand how people do not like his religious views (I myself do not agree with him on many things in that aspect), but that doesn't mean I have to hate him for believing in what he does.  That is the beauty of this country we live in.  He has the right as an American citizen to believe in whoever and whatever he sees fit.  He is not out there telling people they are "going to hell" or "repent now or die."  He simply takes a knee before and after each game. (See: Tebowing.)  It is his right to do this and he should not be judged for exercising his rights.

I understand the traditionalists in the NFL who want a pocket passer and one that is accurate.  They want to see the beauty in the game—a tight spiral being thrown to a receiver.  They want to see patience and stability.  This is not how Tebow plays his game.  He is not accurate, he is not a patient passer.  He will not be pretty in his games.  It can be downright ugly.  

But isn't an ugly thing or two needed in the NFL today?  It brings a breath of fresh air to the world of the NFL.  Tim Tebow is a winner.  He invigorates the team and is a leader on the field, this much is evident.

The Denver Broncos fans are in love with him.  They set up billboards to voice their concerns over him not starting.  He has delivered and been an answer to the "prayers" of the Denver fans.  His game against Oakland this past weekend showed great improvement, and it answered a lot of questions that were being asked.

I think the negative on Tim Tebow needs to calm down and people need to realize that it is OK for someone like this to be in the NFL.  He is not traditional, but nothing is traditional in the United States these days, especially in the NFL.  It's full of different people from every walk of life.  He has done nothing wrong and continues to be a upstanding man.  

Every person who meets him instantly understands the Tebow craze.  He remembers you, he cares about you and he treats you like a human being, which is something many celebrities and stars forget to do.  He knows his fans are his lifeline and he appreciates everything they do.

Tim Tebow may not win an MVP award or make the Hall of Fame, but what he will do is be remembered for his style of play and for how polarizing he was.  I will continue to be a Tim Tebow fan and enjoy watching his progress, as I think it is a great NFL story and something that the NFL needs. 

The Denver Broncos' front office should be glad they have someone like this in their locker room; someone the team can look up to and someone they can stand behind.