Tim Tebow (QB, New York Jets) is a quarterback for the New York Jets. You may have heard of him before.
At the University of Florida, Tebow threw a lot of passes and won more than four games, establishing a legacy. People really liked him because he was nice, not ugly and he went to church. (Author's note: if you are not nice or ugly or don't go to church, you probably should just stay inside all day because no one is going to like you.)
Then, Tebow received his degree in family, youth and community sciences as a result of all those touchdowns. He decided to become a professional football player. In the 2010 NFL Draft, Tebow was selected in the first round by the Denver Broncos, so they fired their coach a few months later.
Last year, Tebow reached new heights. After the team tried some other bozo at QB for a while, the Broncos decided to give the whiz kid out of a Florida a shot at the starting job. While he wasn't very good at throwing a football to his teammates, he worked really hard and said the right things and was still nice and not ugly and went to church. Solely because of his ability to work hard and say the right things and the other three things he does, the Broncos went to the playoffs and beat the Steelers in the wild card round! It was a truly magical moment as Tebow threw a wonderful ball high and behind WR Demaryius Thomas who felt so inspired by Tebow, he decided to run the ball into the end zone.
The next week, they played the Patriots, who were much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much better at football and lost. Then Tebow was traded to the New York Jets and here we are.
See, it sounds like the story of so many other football players. Yet, it's not. Tebow has "it", although it is impossible to determine what "it" is (Author's note: "It", though, is most certainly not gonorrhea. Well, probably not at least.). He is a winner, something he has proven both in college and at the pro level that none of his teammates deserve any credit for whatsoever. He is also a leader. Surprisingly, there are no other leaders in the NFL.
That is why it is so important for ESPN, the NFL Network, traditional media, new media, local media, national media and even that pamphleteer from Scranton who goes by the moniker "Pamphletin' Pete" are chronicling every single thing Tim Tebow does.
Some more things he has done after the jump.
By this point, you're likely asking yourself "How can a fan of Tim Tebow keep up with every moment of his life? Is there a medium that is willing to discuss all things Tebow?"
Well, there's good news and bad news.
The bad news is that ESPN is still insisting on covering other sports and other athletes. Until they get with the times, that appears to not be changing. Gladly, they are finding unique ways though to make sure that viewers and readers of their Internet World Wide Web Site, http://www.espn.com, get as much Tebow-related content as they could possibly not want.
There's the Tim Tebow Tracker. There's Tebow Time, the ESPN blog category tag that gives you "the lowdown from camp on Tim Tebow -- the Jets' backup QB and media sensation." (Seriously, click that) There are wonderful analysts like Stephen A. Smith (whose recent article has a headline that really explains Tim Tebow as a football player) and Skip Bayless (who trolls the sporting world better than anyone, gets paid a ton to do so and makes me laugh).
They recently discussed an episode this weekend when Tim Tebow became the first man to ever take off his shirt and run in the rain. You might play Satan's advocate by suggesting that it was a popular topic because Tebow is also the only man in the NFL who is in shape. I guess that could be true too.
But focus on what's important.
It was important for ESPN, who the Christian Post credited with coining the term "muscular christianity" despite the fact it's been around since the early 19th century, to discuss Tebow's topless charade. It was important for the NFL Network to make sure that in launching their new morning show, NFL AM, they dedicated a segment to the quarterback entitled "Our Daily Tebow." It was important for the New York Daily News to add their entry to the Dumbest Piece of Shit Ever Written Contest that included the line:
Tebow insisted that despite having his every move chronicled, he won’t change who he is.
about a quarterback who
- played in the SEC
- played at Florida
- played in national championships
- won the Heisman
- was drafted in the first round
- was the starting quarterback on a Denver Broncos team that made the playoffs
But according to the Daily News, we're just now beginning to have his every move chronicled, because those weren't enough reasons to do so.
If these venerable outlets didn't spend as much time as they possibly can covering the most useless, stupid, unnecessary content about a backup quarterback they've done everything they can to turn into a caricature, they'd have to come up with something that actually forces us to think critically about a sport most of us actually enjoy. Which would force them to think critically. Which most of them don't do well.
So why try when you can just show Tebow running with his shirt off?