Christian Quarterbacks: Past, Present, and Future-Tim Tebow
Today I am beginning a 3-part series of Christian quarterbacks that have been in the NFL, are currently in the NFL, and one that will be in the NFL. Today I will focus on the quarterback of the past: Tim Tebow.
We all know who Tebow is because of the scrutiny he has been under all throughout his career. Tebow went to Florida in 2006 under coach Urban Meyer. Tebow had one of the best careers in college ending it with 2 BCS National Championships and a Heisman trophy in 2007 as a sophomore. When he won the Heisman, he was the youngest player to ever win a Heisman trophy.
Tebow dominated the SEC over his 4 years there setting some major records. He had 5 NCAA records, 14 SEC records, and 28 Florida records. Tebow is one of the best quarterbacks in NCAA and SEC history.
In 2010 the NCAA put into effect “The Tebow Rule”. This rule disallowed having words written on your eye black. The reason it was dubbed “The Tebow Rule” was because Tebow wore John 3:16 on his eye black in the 2009 National Championship game against Oklahoma. John 3:16 was then the #1 most searched thing on Google for 48 hours after that game reaching over 90 million hits. Tebow had some major influence if 90 million people searched what he had on his eye black.
Tebow was drafted 25th overall by the Denver Broncos in the 2010 NFL Draft. People were questioning whether or not he would fit into the NFL a because he wasn’t a normal quarterback, but Jon Gruden said the Tebow would “revolutionize the game because he is the biggest man ever to play quarterback”.
Tebow wasn’t really given much opportunity until 2011 when the Broncos went 1-4 to start the year. Tebow replaced Kyle Orton that season and eventually led the Broncos to a playoff berth. Tim Tebow would beat my Pittsburgh Steelers on the first play of overtime on an 80-yard slant to Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos would then get destroyed 45-10 by the Patriots the following week.
Tebow was then traded to the Jets in 2012 because Denver signed Peyton Manning. 2012 was really his final season because the Jets didn’t really like his playing style and that was it for Tebow.
He is now a broadcaster for the SEC Network and for ESPN, but I just don’t understand why no one will give the man a chance. Tebow is a monster on the field. Who cares if he doesn’t look pretty when he plays because HE WINS GAMES. I don’t care what you have to say about Tebow. If Arizona went and signed him and let him learn the system for a month when Palmer got hurt, I can almost guarantee that Seattle wouldn’t have been the #1 seed in the playoffs. The entire playoffs would’ve been shaken up if Arizona was the #1 seed. I just hope that someone gives him a chance this offseason because he deserves it and he will make any team better.
He is one of the greatest role models for our youth today and people keep bashing him because of his faith. There was and possibly still is some discrimination because of his faith in Jesus and how outward he was about it. It is kind of funny how people say to “stop discrimination” when it comes to races, but they discriminate the people who love Jesus and are different from the norm of society. Tebow has used the platform he was on to glorify God and not himself. Tim Tebow is one of my favorite players to ever play the game because of how he handled himself and how he used his platform to spread The Gospel of Jesus to the world.
Tomorrow I will cover my second quarterback in this series! Stay tuned to find out who he is!!