THE LEGEND OF TIM TEBOW

He is a man. He is a myth. But most of all, he is a legend. He is Tim Tebow.

On April 22, 2010, University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was selected with the 25th overall pick by the Denver Broncos. This was met with much controversy, as many ‘experts’ were saying, “He can’t throw”, “He can’t run a pro-style offense”, and even things like, “He can’t play quarterback

Tim Tebow gets more media attention than just about any other player in the NFL.

at such a high level”, “Tim Tebow is not an NFL quarterback.”

All of these myths were debunked on October 9, 2011. After a 2010 season spent almost entirely on the bench, and still as the backup to Kyle Orton on a then 1-3 team, Tim Tebow came in the game against the San Diego Chargers at Mile-High with 8:54 left in the 3rd quarter. The aura and energy of the entire stadium was transformed as Tebow electrified everyone in it. With the Broncos down 26-10, Tebow led them down the field for 2 touchdowns, and cut the Chargers’ lead to 2. The Broncos went on to lose, 29-24, but the legend of Tim Tebow was born.

“Tim Tebow is not a natural passer” -June Jones

The next day, Coach John Fox declared Tim Tebow the starter against the Miami Dolphins. In this game, a struggling Tebow and the Broncos were down, 15-0 in Miami with under 3 minutes to play. 2 touchdowns, a 2-point conversion, and a game-winning field goal (and a little magic) later, the Broncos had won, in overtime, 18-15.

“My judgment is that he’s not an NFL quarterback. I’ll leave it at that.” -Chad Henne

The next 6 weeks went like this for Tebow:

Loss (Detroit)- Even heroes need an off day

“Right here, right now, Tebow is the worst quarterback in the NFL.” – Mark Kisla (The Denver Post)

Win (Oakland)- Down by 10 in the 3rd to Oakland, Tebow led his troops back to teach the Raiders a lesson and win 38-24.

“If we were trying to run a regular offense, he’d be screwed.”-John Fox

Win (Kansas City)- Even though he was 2-for-8 with 69 yards, Tebow still led the Broncos to a win in K.C.

This was just one of 8 passes Tebow threw against the Chiefs. Guess what? The Broncos Won.

“I just can’t say that I’ve bought into Tebow yet, I mean 2-for-8? Are you kidding me?”

Win (New York Jets)- In one of the Broncos’ toughest games of the year, Tebow answered his critics with a gargantuan win in prime-time against a stout Jets’ defense.

“He played 55 minutes of absolutely horrible football”

The once 1-4 Broncos are now 5-5

Win (San Diego)- Down 10-0, Tebow led the Broncos back to win their 4th straight game.

“That defense has been bailing Tebow out, if Tebow needs to score 30 points, well,then there’s going to be a big problem”

Win (Minnesota)- Down by 8 with 9 minutes left, Tebow once again led the Broncos back from down and also passed for 200 yards for the first time in his career. He proved the above quote incorrect with a 35-32 win over the Vikings.

“Running back? Sure. Wide receiver? Sure. Quarterback? Nope.”

The Broncos are now in 1st place in the AFC West.

Win (Chicago)- In his most impressive victory yet, Tebow led the Broncos back from down 10 with only 2:08 left to play. With some Tebowmagic, Tebowmania, and, of course in Tebowtime, he led the Broncos back to a 13-10 overtime victory.

“Come on, that’s your quarterback? Seriously?”

The once 1-4 Broncos are now 8-5 and on a 6-game winning streak. Tebow is now 7-1 as a starter.

“I’m still not buying it”

As this chart suggests, Tebow has done more than defy the odds for the Broncos this year. (Source: ESPN.com)

Tim Tebow has been magical this season. No matter what his critics say, he keeps winning games. If you think that Tim Tebow is not a good quarterback because he is not the ‘Stereotypical NFL quarterback’, then think again, because Tim Tebow actually fits that exact definition. NFL QB: 1) Is a natural-born leader and is the heart-and-soul of his team (✔) 2) Wins games (✔) 3) Is at his best when it matters most and the pressure is on (✔). So you can shut your mouths, anti-Tebow skeptics.

If you look at the statistics, it is baffling as to why Tebow and the Broncos win games. With a lousy 48.5 completion percentage, a below-par 1290 yards, and 11 TD, his overall stats don’t suggest anything special. Think again though, because, when you think of the ideal quarterback, do you want the once with the highest completion percentage, or the one with the most wins? I’ll take the wins, por favor.

Then look at Tebow’s 4th quarter stats. In crunch-time (or should I say Tebowtime?) this season, Timmy Tebow has been terrific. He has thrown for 54% of his passing yards and 50% of his total yards in the fouth-quarter. That’s just sick. Also, 11 out of his 14 total touchdowns have come in games with a final point differential of 7 or less. In the 4th quarter, while the score is within 7 points, he has a passer rating of 113.6, that’s 21.7 points higher than Tom Brady. Let’s face it, Tebow is just a different player in the 4th quarter, and that’s what the great ones do, and it’s where champions are made. None of these stats even matter, because as I said, wins are the only stat that matters, and Timmy Tebow is 7-1 as a starter.

Now, the talk about Tebow making the Pro Bowl, winning the MVP, and even winning the Super Bowl is starting to find its way on to America’s major networks.

As if all this isn’t enough is social impact is giant as well. For the past 2 years, Tebow’s #15 jersey has been the #1 best-selling jersey in the NFL,

The fans surely love Tim Tebow, and unless he has been compulsively buying his own jersey, that is why he has the #1 selling jersey in the NFL.

beating out Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, and, America’s Sweetheart, Tom Brady. He is also a fantastic person. Tebow is an inspirational speaker, evangelist, and an overall great person. He believes strongly in his faith, and is a true role model.

Tim Tebow is a winner. If Vince Lombardi were still with us today, he would be Lombardi’s #1. “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” Tim Tebow fits perfectly into that definition. While his stats in the first 3 quarters are well below-par, all he does is win.

Let’s face it, there is definitely something strange going on in Denver. During this 6-game winning streak, the magic is undeniable, and it may be one of the strangest things that has happened in sports. Ever.

Tim Tebow is one of the most, if not the most scrutinized, criticized, polarized, and at the same time praised player in NFL history, and he is revolutionizing the game of football. Everyone has a different opinion on him, everyone is either pro-Tebow or anti-Tebow, but everyone knows for sure that he has heart and the will to win. He is certainly not polished, but he wins, and no one praises him better than John Gruden:

The Tebowing phenomenon has hit the nation by storm, and the man at the center of it all is revolutionizing the NFL.

“This guy here is 250 pounds of concrete cyanide, man. And he can throw. He throws well enough at any level to play quarterback.”

By Sam Brief

The Sports Blog Movement

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32 thoughts on “THE LEGEND OF TIM TEBOW

  1. What he is doing is downright baffling. I have most def been on the Anti-Tebow side based soley on his football abilities. His 4th quarter comebacks are amazing, but are basically caused by his deficiencies thru quarters 1-3.

    Interesting career comparison’s with he and Brady as well as the Super Bowl season Of the Trent Dilfer led Ravens in 2000, though. Amazing number of parallels. His passing game has improved a bit, but my major complaint with the Tebow madness is that his teammates get zero love,, and I mean zero love. I don’t care how good of a guy, Tebow is it is the other guys that worry me when it gets to that time where his teammates can’t take the so-called cold shoulder from the media. Dumervil, Prater, Miller especially. I’m still not sold on the Broncos bringin him back.

    This game vs Belicheck and Brady is the biggest game of his career, by far. Belicheck will most likely give Tebow room to do what he wants, but try and take evry one else out of the game. Similar to what his strategy vs Peyton Manning was. He didn’t worry about pressuring Manning, but he took away a lot of his options early in his career. Pats secondary is weak, though and will have to be super-disciplined, especially the safeties

    • ‘Downright Baffling’ is the perfect way to describe it. Although I do realize that he has a great defense behind him, when it’s Tebow Time, it’s Tebow Time. In the 4th quarter, when it matters the most, Tebow puts the team on his back and gets it done. I agree that this weekend’s game against the Patriots is huge, and if he wins, then we can all take a deep breath and admit that something special is about to begin in Denver.

  2. brief

    If Chad Henne is offering his advice on Tebow then we ought to perhaps consult with Dr Conrad Murray on the ethics of medicine and the Hippocratic oath ? Do the patient no harm . In the case of Henne and his performances as a quarterback well let’s just say he’s been doing the art form a great disservice !

    Perhaps Henne ought to be concerned with the plight of his team and the fact that they’re 4-9 within the AFC East and have been about as effective this season as a piece of crap stuck to the rear end of an elephant !

    tophatal ………..

    • It is very ironic that of all people that said he wasn’t an NFL quarterback, Chad Henne, who has been a total bust said that…

      And a you said, “Someone can win in the NFL without throwing for 350 yards and 3 TDs!” Tebow is surely proving conventional football wisdom wrong, as 2-for-8 isn’t conventional, but hey, he won the game and “YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!”

  3. The “Separation of sport and church” guy raises an interesting point…The people who are so anti-Tebow are so offended at the fact that the Broncos are winning in an unconventional way they are acting like people who have had their religious beliefs questioned.

    “What? Somebody can win in the NFL without 350 passing yards and 3 TD passes? Heresy!”

    • I think it does raise an interesting point, but unlike separation of church and state, it does not exist. We can complain about it all we want, but we gotta let the guy believe in whatever he wants to believe in.

  4. The other important statistic for NFL quarterback is how often they turn the ball over…something Tebow simply doesn’t do. Additionally, minus completion percentage, Tebow’s is statistically superior to Sam Bradford through the same amount of games started. Yet no one is questions Bradford’s capabilities to be a starting NFL quarterback.

    cheers!

    • I completely agree with what you said. Since Sam Bradford is a “fundamentally sound” quarterback in most people’s minds, most won’t question his abilities. Bradford is also a much more turnover prone quarterback than Tebow is. Winner: Tebow.

      • sam

        Sunday proved to us all where the liabilities are in Tebow’s game . He was scampering around like a headless chicken during the third and fourth quarters simply looking to rely on his feet because he was baited by the Pats’ secondary . If the Broncos’ coaching staff can’t simplify the game much more for the kid then they will be looking elsewhere next season in terms of a qb (next season-[free agent]) or through the draft and that is even with the lack of an outright statement from anyone within their front office .

        Elway , GM Brian Xanders and John Fox for now will continue to ride the Tebow Train for as long and as far as it can take them .

        House arrest for Barry Bonds and probation ? Lindsay Lohan might just be visiting him to proffer up some advice .

        tophatal …….

  5. brief

    As good as the Broncos appear to be I can’t see them going to the conference championship at all ! It will be the divisional round and done and that is in spite of a very good defense .

    Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and a Prosperous New Year !

    😉

    tophatal …………..

  6. Reputations are made in the post-season. He actually got there. He has his shot now. I hope he makes the most of it for his sake. The Bronco management is not sold on him long-term and will certainly test him with bringing in other guys next year…even if he manages more magic with a Wild Card win. If the Broncos get farther than that, a higher power IS steering the ship in Denver.

    • John Elway certainly has been hinting at the fact that Tebow has a bunch of work left to do. However, I think that if the Broncos win this week, Tebow’ll be the guy next year.

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