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12 Most Transcendent Truths About Tim Tebow

In light of the recent Denver Broncos’ free agency activities, that included the signing of Peyton Manning and the trading of Tim Tebow, I thought I would re-post this 12 Most post to help the New York Jets’ fans get acclimated with Tebowmania. You are in for a wild ride, folks. Peyton Manning is one of my favorite quarterbacks of all time, but I also appreciate what Tim Tebow brought to the table. He will be missed in Denver!

Here are some transcendent truths about Tim Tebow.

1. He is unorthodox

Today’s NFL is a passing league. The top quarterbacks are completing over 60% of their passes, and Drew Brees had a 70% completion percentage for over 5,400 yards. They rarely run the ball, and if they do they slide as soon as a linebacker or safety comes up to hit them. Tim Tebow completed about 46% of his passes for about 1,700 yards. But he ran for 660 yards and was more than willing to lower his shoulder and deal some pain to a linebacker or safety.

2. He is tireless

Much has been made of Tebow’s work ethic. Even during the postseason, he sprints from drill to drill and dares the rest of the team to match his effort. TV broadcasters remark how he is the first one to practice and the last one to leave. He will not fail as a consequence of being unprepared.

3. He is charitable

Tim Tebow has his own Tim Tebow Foundation. His charitable work focuses on orphanages, disadvantaged kids and pediatric cancer patients. He gave most of his rookie signing bonus to charity.

4. He is evangelical

Tim Tebow has repeatedly stated that he will use the platform God has given him to deliver his message and help the more unfortunate. When he is asked about a recent win, he will be grateful but then immediately say he is more grateful to have spent time with a young cancer patient before the game. He gives all credit to God and sees himself as a willing instrument.

5. He is gracious in victory

Every day we read about and see videos of chest-thumping athletes taking full credit for their successes. We hear statements like “they can’t stop me when I am on my game”. Tebow recognizes he would not have been in a position to win without every one of his teammates and coaches. He also always praises the opposition.

6. He is gracious in defeat

Tebow had a great run of success when he took over as the starting Denver Broncos quarterback. Then he went through a string of three consecutive defeats when the naysayers reasserted themselves. In each case, he gave credit to the opposing team and then shouldered the blame for not getting the job done. In fact, he made a rousing speech after a loss in college that is now a plaque at the University of Florida called The Promise.

7. He is polarizing

There appears to be no middle ground when it comes to Tim Tebow – you either love him or you hate him. Christians adore him, and many parents secretly wish he would date their daughter (and daughters swoon over him). Non-Christians think he is abusing his platform to deliver his evangelical message. Football pundits either love him for his “It” factor and leadership or hate him for his unorthodox game that can’t possibly succeed in the NFL. By the way, congratulations to the Denver Broncos for winning their first playoff game in 6 years – with Tim Tebow passing for 316 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and running for a touchdown!

8. He is inspirational

When the Denver Broncos were mounting amazing comebacks and overtime wins, every Broncos player and fan expected Tebow to “take them to the promise land”. Time and again, he could have a terrible three quarters of football and then become the most dynamic and accurate quarterback to win the game. When the Broncos lost three games in a row, Tebow looked tentative and loathe to make mistakes. When the Broncos beat the Steelers, Tebow was back at the top of his game both physically and mentally. He can inspire belief or a lack of confidence. Lucky for the Broncos and his charities, Tebow generally inspires belief!

9. He knows he plays a game

Tebow plays with abandon, and he generally plays with a smile on his face. At times, you get the feeling he would just kneel down and start drawing up the play in the dirt like he is playing sandlot football. He lives for the competition, and he will pat an opponent on the helmet after the opponent just tried to put that helmet through his sternum. But at the end of the day, he lets the world know that he is blessed to play a game he loves. When the sun sets on the day, a game should still know its place relative to the bigger issues of the world.

10. He is respectful

Listen to Tim Tebow give an interview. Listen to broadcasters’ remarks after conducting an interview with Tebow. You would be hard pressed to find a more courteous and respectful young man in sports today. His pure quarterback numbers are pedestrian at best, but his attitude makes him the best sports role model I have seen in recent years.

11. He is marketable

The kid has the clear eyes, squared off chin and photographic smile of the All-American Boy. The fact that he works out with weights harder than any other quarterback also makes FRS Energy Drink and Jockey love him!

12. He is a poster-child for pursuing your dreams

Tebow had naysayers at every level of competitive sports. Everybody tried to turn him into a linebacker…a safety…a tight end…a running back. Everyone wants him on the field for his leadership, but they sure wish he would not insist on playing quarterback. Have you seen that elongated throwing motion?!? He doesn’t have the accuracy to throw the ball in the ocean!! Guess what, Tebow did not listen to his naysayers. He stayed true to his dreams, and he was willing to out-work and out-hustle everyone else even if everyone else had more natural talent. He just beat the Pittsburgh Steelers’ #1 defense in the NFL in his first playoff game as a quarterback with both his arm and his legs. His inspiring story is still unfolding.

Love him or hate him, you have to admire Tim Tebow. You may not like his mechanics, his faith and his willingness to use his influence to make a difference. But we could all hope that we, and our children, would someday stand up for our beliefs and relentlessly pursue our goals like this inspiring young man.

Bring on the comments, and “be like Tebow” – respectful both in agreement and rebuttal!

This post was originally published on 12 Most on January 14, 2012.  The original post can be found here…along with a plethora of excellent posts from contributing authors I enjoy reading.

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  1. All of the above are true, but also the level of competition and his method of victory are not able to be repeated over long periods of time. Completing 47% of his passes and playing as recklessly with his body as he does can’t happen over a ten year span. His body will break down as all athletes’ do, and it will happen quicker because of the way he plays. He is a good person and genuine (which is hard to come by these days), but is probably not fit for the NFL as a full-time starting QB. THe “all he does is wins” quality only lasts until defensive coordinators figure out his game and tendencies, which is part of what the off-season is for. I wish there were more players with his good-natured personality and respect, but I still wouldn’t want him being the future of my team.

    • I agree with the analysis, Mike. Although Tebow isn’t built like a lot of other quarterbacks, and didn’t take any bell-ringers that a normal QB wouldn’t have taken getting blindsided, I agree it isn’t a style for the long haul. Steve McNair and Steve Young both altered their games over time to build in longevity.

      And 47% pass completion percentage will not make it in the NFL. I did want to give him a full season that included a full offseason of working on his throwing motion (lockout screwed things up this year). Some of his passes had great velocity and accuracy…he just needs to work on a consistent motion that translates into consistent accuracy.

      Regardless, he has a wealth of “It Factor” that is born in you. He leads by example and seems to ooze high integrity and a sense of the right priorities. I hope he still gets a chance to play quarterback in this league before getting relegated to just Wildcat offense packages.

      Thanks for stopping by…

  2. I knew you wouldn’t be able to stay away from this Brian. Did you cry? ;)

    • Hah, I understand the NFL is a business. And like Tebow told Elway “hey, it’s Peyton Manning, I get it”. I still hope he gets a chance to shine as an NFL quarterback somewhere. I need more pro athletes I can point to as good role model examples for our youth today.

      There’s no crying in baseball…or football…or blogging ;)

  3. As a person, Tim Tebow is already a Hall of Famer. Can’t see that happening as an NFL QB. His throwing motion is elongated. His accuracy is questionable at best. His style does not lend itself to a lengthy career. He is athletic so maybe a conversion to running back would be possible. Michael Robinson did it when he was drafted out of Penn State and he’s made a nice transition. No reason to think Tim Tebow cannot do it as well.

    • It all comes down to whether you can teach a relatively young dog new tricks. Tebow has gotten by on athleticism and leadership. I would like the right QB coach come along, put a shock collar on him, and re-teach that muscle memory. Compact motion and accuracy good…elongated motion and miss the ocean ->BZZZT! He is too good of a role model, leader and athlete to not at least turn into a “project”. And pick a team that has previously had a running QB (Eagles, Titans, etc).

      Thanks for stopping by with the comments Johnny.

  4. BV, why was he traded? I don’t get it. I’m not a big football follower but TT got me watching the NFL again. I love what he stands for and have a hard time seeing him successful in New York!

    • Tebow came with “burned a 1st pick and destroyed a team Josh McDaniels” baggage. If he would have been a 3rd round “project”, he would probably still be here. However, he is not prototypical, and Elway/Fox wanted their own man -> and wanted that man to be a prototypical, pro-style QB. And like Tebow said, “it’s Peyton Manning, I get it”. If you can convince yourself that Peyton is healthy, why wouldn’t you go for one of the best QBs to ever play the game? Who is also an excellent role model and face for the franchise.

      In my perfect world, Tebow would have stuck around and learned from Manning and Elway. However, the Tebow fans can be kind of blind. They would have boo’d Manning.

      I love what he stands for, also. Hopefully my posts have pointed out his short-comings while also seeing that he has huge upside. And the integrity/role model aspects are already there. I hope he has a great NFL career…preferably as a QB! And he has the mental/spiritual fortitude to survive the tough NY crowd.

      Thanks, Bruce.

  5. This is my take on it – GO TIM GO!! :-)

    • Thanks for the comment, Andi…and I agree with you, GO TIM GO!! It just will not be in Broncos colors. Maybe he will find his way to Jacksonville at some point.

  6. You do realize “sports pickle” is a joke – its like the onion (for example – their most recent Tebow related headline is: “Despondent Tim Tebow Questioning the Existence of God After First Official Day as a New York Jet”). Tebow didn’t give his signing bonus to chariety. Tebow isn’t even among the top 100 NFL players sorted by charitable donations

    • It would be interesting to see where Sports Pickle got the information because it is correlated elsewhere. Yes, I suppose I should have picked a different source considering the “Onion-like” humor/satire of the sports pickle. My bad. But the information is definitely scattered across several sources.

      Regarding top 100 NFL players sorted by charitable donations, it would be more indicative to look at it as a percentage of their overall income. IF just looking at total contributions versus percentage of income, I could see that as a possibility. Regardless, Denver folks had a front seat viewing of all of the Tebowmania…and the kid is about as wholesome and charitable as they come. He has definitely given his time, talents and significant portion of income to help the less fortunate.


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