Ken Connor

Humility is not a virtue readily found in America today – especially on the field of play. A football player makes a touchdown, a forward slam dunks the ball, or a designated hitter rockets a grand slam out of the park, and it's all about high-stepping, chest-bumping, trash-talking and other over-the-top behaviors intended to send the message, "I am the greatest."

We've come to expect it. They don't call this the "me" generation for nothing.

Perhaps this is part of why Tim Tebow's conduct on the football field evokes so much antipathy from so many in the media and others in the ranks of professional sports. Tebow, you will recall, is the former Florida Gator who led his team to a national championship and picked up a Heisman trophy along the way. He is a gifted athlete, a man of excellent character, and a tremendous team leader. Despite this, the general consensus was that he didn't have have the tools or the talent to compete at the next level. According to most pro-scouts and experienced analysts, his unorthodox throwing style and lack of mobility in the pocket made success as an NFL quarterback virtually impossible. He might have had a good run in college, but not everyone is cut out for the big leagues.

That was then, and this is now. With Tebow's Denver Broncos at 7 and 2, the pundits and the critics are completely beside themselves. Not only were they dead wrong in their predictions of his professional failure, they are perplexed and offended by his refusal to conform to the NFL culture. Tebow doesn't dance and prance and take all the credit when he does something good – which is often. Instead, he has this annoying habit of dropping to one knee and thanking God and giving credit to his teammates when good things happen for his team. Thanking God, as if He has anything to do with it! Crediting his teammates when he should claim the glory for himself! Who does this guy think he is? What a phony, goody-two-shoes!


Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.