By Chris Lehman
It’s no secret that people love to hate Tim Tebow.
“Jealousy is just love and hate at the same time.”
Could the rapper and singer, Drake, have been right about all Tebow’s haters? Are they all just jealous of what he has done and hide it by bashing on him for no reason? Regardless of the reason, he definitely does not deserve the amount of criticism he receives.
All his life, he has done nothing but win. Dating back to his high school years spent at Nease High School where he won back-to-back Player of the Year honors. He also went on to lead his team to winning a state championship as a senior. In this time, he accumulated about 10,000 total yards of offense as well as 157 total touchdowns.
After being named “The Chosen One,” by ESPN, he then went on to have an illustrious career at the University of Florida. He emerged while playing backup quarterback his freshman year on the team that would go on to win the National Championship. After being handed the reigns his sophomore year, a star was born.
He would win the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and lead the Gators to The BCS National Championship in 2008 where they defeated Oklahoma. In those four years, Tebow totaled over 12,000 total yards and 145 touchdowns. He would leave Florida after having one of the best college careers any athlete has ever had.
Even with all his success, people still find a way to criticize him. They say he’s not a good player, but instead, that he was just placed in a system that makes players flourish. They say his throwing motion takes too long. They say he’s not a quarterback, but that he should play tight end or fullback. But how does anyone have the right to say what kind of NFL player he’ll be when all he’s done his entire life is win?
Sure, his release is a little slow. But there are top quarterbacks with odd releases. Just look at Rivers and Romo with their sidearm throws. Then you have Brees and Vick who both stand six feet tall. They were told they were too short to play quarterback. Given the chance, I bet they would take back those comments. At 6’3″ and weighing 236 lbs., Tebow has a very NFL-ready physique. In his second year, he has already established himself as one of the premier dual-threat quarterbacks. The point is that while yes, Tebow does have flaws, so does every other quarterback. Tebow also has a great amount of talent and is extremely versatile.
At this point in his career, Tebow has silenced the doubters with his play. He has thrown for 12 touchdowns compared to 4 interceptions. He has added 8 rushing touchdowns. But more importantly, Tebow has started four games in his second year. Out of those, he has won three of them. While he hasn’t been putting up ridiculous stats, at the end of the day, does that really matter? Tebow and Cam Newton play for equally poor teams. Newton has started all year and has put up great numbers, but only has two wins to show for it. Tebow’s numbers are not as high, but has already won three games, while only starting four.
In other words, he’s a winner. He always has been, and he always will be. He might not go down as one of the best players ever, but he will go down as one of the best leaders and competitors sports has ever seen.