Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Tebow haters tee off
For someone who's supposedly nothing special, Tim Tebow sure is a lightning rod for vigorous debate.
Four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning's reportedly imminent signing with Denver is at least as much about Tebow as it is about Manning, with various and sundry critics proclaiming that the beginning of the Manning era with the Broncos marks the end of Tebow's 15 minutes of fame.
The most revealing statement I've heard about Tebow is that he's proven nothing except that he can win. How's that for convoluted logic, and a measure of how much ill will there is towards a grounded young man whose greatest perceived faults are that he's an unorthodox quarterback and a devout Christian?
There's no question that Manning represents an upgrade over Tebow, but I wouldn't be too quick to write off a guy who took his team to the second round of the playoffs in his first full season as an NFL starter after winning two national championships and a Heisman Trophy at the college level.
What's disappointing to me is that people actually root for Tebow to fail because they're offended by his faith, but that says more about them than it does about him. I've said it before and I'll say it again: were Tebow a devout Jewish, Muslim or Buddhist athlete, he'd never be subjected to the kind of public mockery he faces for his Christian faith, because it would be deemed politically incorrect and socially unacceptable. Through all the overbearing scrutiny and harsh personal attacks, Tebow has never been anything less than a gentleman, while honing his craft with significant - if inconsistent - success at the highest level.
So tear him down as a person if it makes you feel better about your own spiritual vacuousness, but bet against him as a football player at your peril.