Nevin Shapiro placed a bounty on him; a website in Philadelphia mocked him for a Super Bowl ad before even witnessing it and now Merril Hoge has attacked him and LeBron James comes to his defense? Did Tim Tebow really cause this much ire by stating his beliefs or by saying, “I think I have a chance to start in Denver.” Was there really this much outrage in that statement? Apparently, Tebow has caused an outrage by being, well, Tim Tebow. It goes to show what a bizarre world we live in.
Make no mistake about it. Tim Tebow was the “Golden Boy” of college football. SEC officials did protect him during his time at the University of Florida and Coach Urban Meyer may have went too far in threatening reporters for criticizing Tebow (by the way, Coach Meyer, you can find Merril Hoge at ESPN studios if you like tough guy), but with all of that said, Tim Tebow may have had the most glorious college career of anybody in the last 30 seasons of the great game. More importantly, he is a great kid. Instead of basking in the glory of his accomplishments (Heisman Trophy, National Championship) Tebow spent his spring break going on a mission feeding hungry people in the Philippines. Is this really somebody we want to mock? Somehow, we have attacked this young man and it’s hard to understand why.
This bizarre story starts with University of Miami Booster Nevin Shapiro. Rumors have surfaced that Shapiro placed a bounty on Tebow’s head during the Florida-Miami game in 2008. Shapiro, the guy who is in prison on a Ponzi scheme, apparently did not care for Tebow so he allegedly offered money to players to take him out. Tebow survived and thrived but it is interesting how the mind works. It’s understandable wanting to win the game but to offer college players money to try and hurt Tebow, why?
An old website I used to write for, www.philly2philly.com, had an abundance of talented writers on staff. One such writer was Dennis Bakay. Dennis wrote an article attacking Tim Tebow’s Super Bowl ad and saying how politics and religion should not be intertwined with sports. The bizarre thing was that the ad had not been released prior to Bakay’s article. Furthermore, the ad was simply Tebow and his mother hugging each other saying how they’re glad they choose life. Whether you or Pro Life or Pro Choice, doesn’t Tim Tebow have a right to speak his mind? Did Tim Tebow really deserve scrutiny for such as ad?
On the football front, Merril Hoge has come out attacking Tebow screaming that he is not an NFL quarterback. Hoge has gone on a rampage about this issue and used www.Twitter.com and ESPN as a launching post. While I won’t even attempt to profess to know the game as well as Mr. Hoge, it is interesting that he has chosen to attack Tebow publicly when there are so many other things going on. (NFL Labor movement, training camp of 31 other NFL teams, Terrelle Pryor’s battle with the NFL Supplemental Draft, etc). And in the midst of all of this chaos, LeBron James has come to Tebow’s defense via Twitter. Yes, the story grows more bizarre by the day.
Let’s face it guys, Tim Tebow is different. He may not be the prototype-NFL quarterback. He may not share your political ideology. He may be different. With all of that said, is being different a bad thing?
Tim Tebow is a winner in every sense of the world. When he said that he thought he had a shot to win the starting position in Denver, he never once bashed Kyle Orton. He’s never put down a teammate and the guy gives 110% on each and every play. There are so many reasons we should embrace Tim Tebow but instead, he gets bashed and this guy has never bashed anyone else. Whether you want Tim Tebow as your franchise quarterback or not, he deserves respect and I’m not sure why the media has not given it to him?
Nothing against Kyle Orton but I hope Tim Tebow proves the world wrong and shows everyone that every now and again, a nice guy does not have to finish last. Hey Tim, keep doing what you’re doing. We should appreciate that.