04/24/15 by Matthew S. Vandriak
In case you missed the news, and if you're a football fan you'd have to live under a rock to have, Tim Tebow is back in the NFL. Not as a starting QB. Not even with a guaranteed job. No, Tim Tebow signed with Philadelphia for what looks to be the 3rd string quarterback job. But it seems everyone has an opinion, most of which seem to be negative, about Tebow being back in the NFL. My only question is...why?
A.J. McCarron. Landry Jones. Austin Davis. Could you tell me what NFL teams those three guys "played" for last season? Or more so, do you even care who they played for? And why would you care who they played for, these are the guys who were the third string quarterbacks for their respective teams. And lets be honest, until your hometown NFL team is so injury plagued that the 3rd string quarterback has to start (at which point your teams season is usually shot anyway), most fans don't even know who the 3rd string QB on their own team is, yet alone any other NFL team. So why is there so much opinion, hype, and hate that Tim Tebow is slated to be the 3rd quarterback in Philadelphia this coming season?
Part of it because of what Tebow has done, or hasn't done on the field. After one of the most storied college football careers, Tebow's NFL career hasn't quite matched up. Despite being Denver's second 1st round pick in 2010, the former Heisman Trophy winner and NCAA champion quarterback didn't have much of an NFL career. As a matter of fact, he hasn't played a down of professional football in almost 2 years. Some fans feel as if he got a spot in the NFL, and keeps getting chances, because of what he did at the University of Florida. And to a point, I can understand why some fans would have that opinion. But 3rd string offensive linemen and #5 wide receivers who had good college careers resurface on new NFL teams every season. So why would the care about a potential 3rd string QB outweigh that of the guys who'll be playing the 2nd half of preseason games at other positions this summer? Well because it's what Tim Tebow is about off the field.
Usually the off the field NFL stories involve run ins with the law due to drugs, domestic violence, DUI, or some other ridiculousness. Tim Tebow's off the field "issue"? He's a devout Christian who isn't afraid to admit his faith. As a matter of fact, he's actually so proud, he dares show it on the field. Just about anybody knows what "Tebowing" is. But how many know what the significance is of why Tim Tebow ever struck that pose in the first place?
You see, if it wasn't a guy who expressed his religious faith the way Tim Tebow has from his days in college to the NFL, nobody would care who the Eagles signed as a 3rd string quarterback. Especially since his contract is worth zero guaranteed dollars. But since Tebow is who he is, and believes what he believes, this is a big deal. In a league plagued recently by domestic violence and substance abuse is having Tim Tebow potentially playing in the NFL again really a reason for fans hate?
I believe there is a saying that goes like this, "don't hate the player, hate the game". Well if you hate Tim Tebow for who he is and don't hate the game the NFL has become, perhaps you should take a good long look in the mirror. And maybe you should hate what's looking back at you instead.
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