OF COURSE Tebow was hitting with football gloves on.
It was announced this morning that Tim Tebow is going to try to play pro baseball. Much like Tebowmania in 2011 it already seems to be the biggest thing ESPN is talking about. I mean look at my phone notifications from this morning when I woke up. (Up before 10 NBD)
All that coverage is what I believe led to Tebow's demise.
It's no secret I am a Tim Tebow guy. He's my favorite non-Boston athlete of all time. Even though he had a brief stint with the Pats in training camp of 2013 I'm not gonna call him a "Boston athlete". When he was at UF I was absolutely obsessed with Tim Tebow. IMO he is the greatest college QB of all time. He should have two Heismans. In 08 he actually had the most 1st place votes but still somehow finished in 3rd. I don't get how that happens. My love for Tim Tebow is only rivaled by one man, and his name is Tom Brady.
Now as the biggest Tim Tebow fan north of the Mason-Dixon line you'd probably think I love this move and that is where you are entirely wrong.
Of all pro sports I think MLB is the hardest to make talent wise. NBA is tough too because the rosters are the smallest of all pro sports but talent wise I think baseball is the toughest to go in. Hitting (well) in baseball IMO is the hardest single aspect of any pro sport.
Tebow is going be 29 soon and most importantly he hasn't played baseball since his junior year of HS in 2005. Other than maybe some church league softball, I don't think he's swung a bat in over a decade. I think the odds of him becoming a major league OF this late in life, with no baseball in over a decade are wayyyyyyy slimmer than him getting another shot in the NFL. It just doesn't make sense to me that this is happened.... Tebow wouldn't change positions to stay in the NFL, but he's going to change sports entirely? Just don't get it, many are saying it's a publicity stunt, which it surely could be, but it just doesn't make any sense to me. Even if he gets signed he's gonna go to single A ball. Does Tim Tebow who has lived in luxury for the last decade basically really want to go around the country on a greyhound bus in the minors?
I'm hoping this is just a cry for help and that maybe one NFL team will say "enough" we'll bring you to camp so you don't have to embarrass yourself in low A minor league baseball at 29 years old.
This all just leads me to my main point. Luckily this story broke and gives me a platform to say it without just sounding like a crazy person brining it up out of the blue, but it is a complete joke that Tim Tebow has not played in a regular season NFL game since 2012.
As a Tim Tebow guy I understand all the criticism of him on the field. His accuracy and throwing motion where not what you typically see from an NFL quarterback, yet in his one partial season as a starter he went 8-5 (including playoffs). I know Tebow did it ugly, but he found a way to win games. Unlike Peyton Manning this year, he actually led scoring drives on offense and didn't just rely on pick 6's to score points.
I get it Tebow will never be Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, but the fact that he isn't a back-up blows my mind. There are sooooo many bum ass quarterbacks in the NFL that get shot, after shot, after shot. I mean look at Zach Mettenberger. I'm pretty sure he's 0-10 lifetime as a starter, with more INTs than TDs yet he just signed with San Diego to just hold a clipboard. Luke McCown has been floating around the NFL as a back up since 2004 and has a whopping career stat line of 9 TDs 15 INTs and 2,345 passing yards. He's trash. Brian Hoyer has been given multiple chances to start when he may be the worst QB of all time. Tyrod Taylor is basically the black, right handed Tim Tebow...seriously look at his passing stats, yet everybody thinks he can play in Buffalo.
Meanwhile, Tim Tebow led the pitiful 1-4 Denver Broncos to a division title and playoff win against the defending AFC champs. I know it was ugly, believe me I get it, I watched a lot of those games, but he was making progress. Then he basically had his career murdered by that horse face fuck John Elway. Tebow's stats may have sucked at times, but he got it done. He had a IT factor, there was just something about him where he showed glimpses over greatness and really never got a chance to succeed.
Once he got shipped off the the Jets he never was given a fair shot. Even when Sanchez got hurt they started fucking Greg McElroy over Tebow which is so ridiculous. They had him on the punt team for God's sake. Then after the season he was cut, went to camp with the Pats in 2013 and Eagles in 2015 but didn't make either team. While he was awful with my Pats that preseason, with the Eagles he actually looked good. Better than I had seen him play in a long time. In that final preseason game I truly believe he played well enough to make the team. However Timmy hasn't played in the NFL since 2012.
To this day I believe he is good enough to be a back up QB. Personally I think teams do not want to deal with the distractions, which I understand, but I think if he held a clipboard for a couple years, the coverage would die down. I truly believe because of the huge media following Tebow has he was blacklisted by the NFL. While there are other guys out there who fit the typical mold of NFL back-up QB I think teams just don't wanna allocate the time and resources it would take to make Tebow work. I think because he is unorthodox, an outspoken Christian, and the media coverage he gets teams just decided he wasn't worth the headache to be a back up QB so they just decided there was no place for him in the NFL.
I completely disagree, I think if you mold your offense around him Tebow could still succeed at this level, and what really bums me out is he was never given an opportunity to fail. His last career start came in the divisional round against my Patriots, and they lost in a laugher 45-10. While Tebow played poorly in that game, he wasn't on defense giving up 45 points. He wasn't getting torched by Rob Gronkowski. Also that Pats team went 13-3 while the Broncos were 8-8, that was what was supposed to happen.
I just can't believe he was never given another shot as a starter. So many teams in the NFL had awful QBs at the time, and again say whatever you want about Tebow, he pulled off some miracles in 2011 and found ways to win, which in the NFL is all the matters. How has Bruce Gradkowski or Matt McGloin hung around for years while accomplishing next to nothing, while Tim Tebow who had success in the NFL has been on his couch for 4 years? Makes ZERO sense. His last NFL start was a playoff game, not many QBs can say that unless they retired after that season. How did Tebow not get a chance?
You'll never be able to explain how a guy who pulled off those miracles in Denver, and frankly turned that franchise around never got a legit chance to start in the NFL again. Because without Tebow showcasing the Broncos, (who up until 2011 were irrelevant since 2005) there is no way they sign Peyton Manning and become one of the premiere teams in the AFC. Maybe he would've failed, and probably would have, but the fact that he was never given that chance is ridiculous to me, especially when you look at a lot of NFL teams depth charts at QB.
As for baseball, I hope it works out for Timmy, I really do. I'd love to see him prove the doubters wrong and hang around as a major league outfielder for a few years. That would be awesome, I just don't see it happening this late in life. I'm just so bummed Tebow never got a fair shot in the NFL. I really think if he was given the proper opportunity he could've made it. But I guess for now (and most likely for forever) that Tebow's NFL chances are gone. It sucks. And the answer is yes, of course I want the Red Sox to sign him.