I guess I don’t understand all the Tebow hype. The kid had a great college career and is now in the learning process of becoming an NFL QB. He is not unlike a lot of kids that make the jump from college to pro. The quarterback position is the most difficult on the field because not only does it take great athleticism, but you have to be smart. Interestingly, a lot of failed quarterbacks go on to become great players at other places on the field. The interesting thing is Tebow took a so so team to the playoffs. That’s what should be hyped.
Tebow isn’t a classic NFL QB. He has a strong arm, but not an accurate one. When you compare his throwing motion to other successful NFL QB’s like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, the Manning’s, or Drew Breese, he doesn’t yet compare.
But, boy is the guy a winner! You love to have motivated guys like that as a teammate. What they lack in physical skill they make up in sheer determination and motivation.
Tebow is derided because he is a very conservative Christian. I don’t find that fair at all. There have been plenty of athletes that have used the platform of pro athletics to serve as a place to witness for Christianity. Almost every Kentucky Derby rider when interviewed after the race in recent years says something about thanking the Lord. Many athletes point to the sky after a touchdown. I don’t think they are pointing to a moon or sun God. When Tebow kneels down and says a short prayer, he means it. It isn’t unnatural for him and is part of his daily living. Many athletes, like Sammy Sosa, made it part of the show.
The press has lead the attack, and I feel that it is more of an opportunity to go after the right wing Christian conservatives they love to scorn. They are just using Tebow as a means to an end. What really drives them nuts is that Tebow actually practices what he preaches. He was a missionary. A home schooled kid. He did well in school. He wins games. That has only caused the press to dig more and sharpen their attack.
Of course, their attacks have done exactly what Tebow desired. He has opened up a new dialogue for people to talk about and perhaps re-discover their faith. I have seen this effect even in non-Christian communities. That’s not a bad thing since most of the basic “how to live your daily life” tenants of all religions are very similar. Maybe Tebow will raise the public discourse? Or not.