I love Tim Tebow.
He is my favorite college football player of all time. After Tom Brady he's probably my favorite athlete ever. Tebowmania in the NFL back in 2011 is hands down my favorite non-Patriot storyline in league history. I just love his story and everything he's about. He's just a good, genuine dude who just because he's an outspoken Christian gets mocked. Take religion out of the equation and he's living a life where he wants to help people, and make the world better, yet he's hated by many.
I truly believe Tebow got black balled in the NFL. I think given his unique skill-set and outspoken beliefs with the media distraction he brings caused teams to pass on him. The headache isn't worth the skills in their eyes.
Yes his passing isn't great, but the dude won. 8-6 as an NFL starter. Matt Flynn had one good game and got to stick around in the NFL for 5 years even though he sucks. Zach Mettenberg is like 0-11 career as a starter and he has a job as a back-up. Just because his game was different doesn't mean it couldn't work. I'd rather have Tebow with his big plays and running ability than a guy like Sam Bradford who broke the completion percentage record throwing 3 yard dinks to Kyle Rudolph and is a career loser in the league.
I just think if he was given an entire off-season as a team's starter he could've improved. He was getting better as the season went on. Say whatever you want about the guy but he lead a horrible team to the playoffs and made plays when it counted. I don't think he got a fair shake with the Jets, and in 2015 with the Eagles in the preseason I think he played well enough to make an NFL roster.
There's just so many horrible back-up QBs in the NFL that Tebow is better than but I'm going down a rabbit hole and just getting myself upset. That is a whole other blog in itself.
Now that Tebow has moved on from football he's trying a new sport: Baseball.
Despite not playing baseball since high school Tim Tebow announced last year that he was going to pursue a baseball career. That shocked everybody, but what was even more shocking is that Tebow was actually signed by the New York Mets (minor league deal).
While I support my guy no matter what, and respect him for not caring about what people have to say and following his dream, I have to admit I hate the move. Maybe hate isn't the right word but it really bums me out. Mainly because it shouldn't' have happened. Tim Tebow should still be in the NFL or at the very least have been given a legit chance to fail. In a league where criminals are given second and third chances. Tebow had a winning record as a starter yet never got another chance to start. After leading the Broncos to a 7-4 record while starting in 2011 and a playoff victory, he never started another NFL game at quarterback. Say what you will about his technique, but he was never given an opportunity to fail. That's what makes me so upset about it. Yeah maybe he would've lasted, but IMO he never got a fair chance to do that. If he had gone 2-14 as a starter with his low completion percentage then yeah I'd understand why he's out of the league, but that never happened.
While I hope he proves the doubters wrong, this time I think their doubts in his ability are justified. Can we all admit the Mets signed him as a publicity stunt? It's the simple. Tim Tebow after being out of baseball for like a dozen years isn't going to make the major leagues. I really hope I'm wrong but I think it's a pretty safe bet to assume. The Mets signed him to sell t-shirts and tickets.
The situation as whole just really bums me out. Tim Tebow is Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, he led a team to the playoffs and won a playoff game, he deserves better. He should be in the NFL. Not playing low A baseball getting trotted around in Spring Training by the Mets to sell tickets. I don't understand the mindset either where he wouldn't switch positions to stay in the NFL but he'd switch entire sports. Doesn't make sense to me.
It'd be an incredible story for Tebow to become a major league caliber player, but the main point I believe is that it should've never came to this. While I'll be rooting for him every step of the way. He's already said that sports don't define him and he has a lot more in life he wants to achieve, which I find very admirable. It still bums me out when I go on his wikipedia page and it says 2010-2012 for his NFL career.