Everybody needs to just back off Tim Tebow

224608_Senior_Bowl_Football Tim Tebow will go down as one of the greatest college football players in history (as hard as that is for some Georgia fans to stomach).

It also possible he will go down with other great college players, including Heisman Trophy winners, who weren’t good enough to play in the NFL. Archie Griffin, Johnny Rogers, Andre Ware, Danny Wuerffel, almost every other quarterback who played at Florida and even your David Greene all come to mind.

But for some reason, Tebow is being treated differently right now.

I’ve never seen a college athlete so ridiculously dissected and debated daily. I’ve never seen a college athlete – who by the way exemplified everything we want a college athlete to be – seemingly have so many people (mostly rival SEC fans) pulling against him. Is there some motivation to root against a player’s desire to make a living?

Look, I get the whole 24/7 media feeding frenzy thing. I’m part of it. But what this guy is being subjected to right now doesn’t seem quite right. And folks, I don’t have a dog in this hunt. Didn’t go to school anywhere around here.

I suppose Tebow set himself up for this. He didn’t have to go to the Senior Bowl. He could’ve done private, low-key workouts for teams back in Gainesville and not been subjected to all of this public criticism. But doesn’t that say something that he knew this might be coming and he didn’t care?

Tebow was torched by the media and draft scouts after his first day of Senior Bowl workouts. It was so bad that his agent, Jimmy Sexton, must have felt compelled to protect his client’s interests and come up with an excuse. He said Tebow had been “hospitalized” with strep throat and had a “103 temperature.” But that didn’t seem to be bothering the player in interviews.

I don’t know if Tebow will make it in the NFL. Even with the intangibles, his skill set might not translate. But what’s the motivation in rooting against him?

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I know ! I know !

January 27th, 2010
10:22 am

It’s envy, Jeff. Plain n simple. Folks love to root against someone who gets a lot of attention and isn’t on their team.

Rob

January 27th, 2010
10:24 am

I’m a Georgia guy – Class of 99 – and I hope for Tebow to have marvelous success at the next level. What difference does it make to me? None. From what we all know, he is everything we all want in a son and citizen. I hope he is great in the NFL because it’s his dream. He can’t hurt my Dawgs anymore, so I will hope he does well just like I do for Peyton Manning.

GaGator

January 27th, 2010
10:25 am

Don’t ever, ever bet against Tebow. He certainly needs no validations from
rival SEC fans.

Bangkapi Ajarn

January 27th, 2010
10:26 am

We shouldn’t forget his age, he is far from a grizzled vet, give the kid a chance! Folks seem to rejoice for some reason when people that try their best to be their best have apparent flaws exposed – just who does that reflect poorly on?

He’s a nice kid, does everything the best he can, trying to make a living, make a difference. Let him try, folks!!

I am a Ga. fan, but lets keep this life thing in perspective, please! Just a kid, from all reports I have seen a good kid that tries to make those around him better as well.

GaGator

January 27th, 2010
10:30 am

A tip of the hat to Rob, a mature Georgia alum and fan. Maybe some others will find
out it cost nothing to be considerate. You will never build yourself or you team up by trying to tear someone or some team down.

Paul H

January 27th, 2010
10:31 am

I don’t have a dog in the hunt either, and I went to UGA. I’m just interested in seeing what happens. Not really rooting agianst him nor for him.

Danga

January 27th, 2010
10:31 am

I think it has everything to do with the overexposure. I can’t think of a single good reason to not like the guy, but I don’t. I guess if nothing else I root for him to fail just so that I can see highlights from the Australian open or college hoops rather than daily Tebow updates. I imagine that once all this ridiculous coverage fades away I will really appreciate the kind of person and player Tebow is, but as of right now, I’m just sick of the guy.

Neubi

January 27th, 2010
10:32 am

Let’s see how long it takes for the rabid dogs to tear in to this column.

Tucker T

January 27th, 2010
10:33 am

Being a Dawg fan, I can’t have too much sympathy for Tebow and as you said Jeff, he did bring this on himself by going to the Senior Bowl. It looks especially bad when his agent tries to cover for him. Good guy though. I do wish he was a little bit more of a jerk. It would make it easier to dislike him.

Jon Hughes

January 27th, 2010
10:35 am

i made some crack about tebow yesterday and the truth is i dont mind if he succeeds i kinda think he will succeed on some level at the nfl whether that will be at qb or te or wherever. that being said the guy is straight up annoying and for that i poke fun at him whenever i can

Jason

January 27th, 2010
10:37 am

“I’ve never seen a college athlete – who by the way exemplified everything we want a college athlete to be – seemingly have so many people (mostly rival SEC fans) pulling against him.”

Sports fans say they want to see good role models, but they really want athletes to shut up and play ball. And that’s sad.

Hunting Dawg

January 27th, 2010
10:39 am

I’m a Dawg fan and I wish Tebow the very best. It is utterly ridiculous that he is being scrutinized to the extent that he is. He is another college football player trying to take the next step in his life. We could stand to have a lot more Tim Tebow’s in this world and in professional sports. He is a fantastic public role model and beats the heck out of the other miscreants that score big paydays on athletic ability as opposed to character and intelligence. Does Tim have 3 kids by 3 different women like some of the other prospects? Maybe Tim doesn’t make the NFL cut but he doesn’t need to be lambasted for it before it even happens.

Good Luck Tim in all of your future endeavours. You deserve what you get!

Bristol Palin 2012

January 27th, 2010
10:41 am

Good post Jeff and I agree. Thought I hate the Gators I wish Tebow good luck.

jeffrey d

January 27th, 2010
10:42 am

Now that he’s not playing for Florida anymore, I’ll root for the guy to death. He’s got too good character and ethic not to. I don’t see how people can root against him anymore.

ghost dawg

January 27th, 2010
10:42 am

He’s a gator, and maybe he comes off as the nicest guy that ever lived but I remember when UGA was recruiting him and he said the DAWG walk was the funniest thing he’d ever seen. He didn’t mind running up the score on teams and I still remember the picture of him giving CMR a “‘how to you like that coach look” as CMR was leaving the field after the gators won. I may offend some folks but I hope Saint Tebow doesn’t make it. Let him cry reptile tears. I will be laughing.

JET

January 27th, 2010
10:43 am

Well said Jeff! I am a alum of UGA and love rooting against the Gators whenever possible. However, I too have been puzzled why so many people root against this kid. He is exactly what any of us would love to see in our sons and/or daughters as young adults and athletes. He is a GREAT role model to younger kids who follow sports (regardless of the religion) and a fansatic leader who truly leads by example in his attitude, character, and work ethic. I think many people lump him and Urban Meyer together, but don’t understand that he is his own person and he is now on his own. While Urban Meyer may had been his coach and a mentor, it doesn’t mean that we should root against him the way many root against Meyer (which is another topic entirely).

I say good luck to the kid because sports could use a lot more of Tim Tebows and less of these gun carrying, selfish, and classless athletes we are seeing today in all leagues.

GO DAWGS!!

Dawg Student

January 27th, 2010
10:44 am

The hatred not only comes from his dominance of the sport, but his image. He comes off as the second-coming of Christ, and its too hard to believe its that genuine, especially when his best friend, Urban, is anything but a role model. The rumors of his upcoming Super Bowl commercial with its moral/political themes only makes him more annoying. Stick to sports, and keep your mouth shut.

Buckhead Dawg

January 27th, 2010
10:44 am

Listen people, we’re bored and just like to stir the pot. Nothing against Tebow. Everyone knows he’s a good guy. (…however, in addition to possibly being the best college football player ever, I would also say he’s without question the most talked about in the media ever also)

If a sports writer is going to jump up and down with tears streaming down his face to leave Tebow alone – fine, I’m done with it.

jeffrey d

January 27th, 2010
10:44 am

But when he played for Florida, I didn’t like Tebow because he was a Gator and because he kicked our (UGA) butts. What I hated was the nonstop media coverage of the guy (which was beyond his control). When he got that concussion and was going to play against LSU, I remember Gameday kept cutting to a reporter standing outside his hotel saying that he had NO UPDATE several times.

Russ

January 27th, 2010
10:45 am

Jeff, it is the same reason some Georgia fans root against Mark Richt. He doesn’t fit the current culture. As everybody knows, nice guys don’t win and we love to see nice guys fail. That makes us feel better about ourselves.

how2fish

January 27th, 2010
10:45 am

Jeff good article, I for one would love to see Tebow prove all the “experts” wrong. And until he has fallen on his face I’m not betting that he will…sorry he has already been a proven winner at the highest college level…and it maybe that in the end he’s not a QB but I’m thinking he’s a success.Just glad he can’t hurt the Dawgs anymore!

Tebow is being used..

January 27th, 2010
10:46 am

The organization that is sponsering Tebow’s Ad is one of the most right-wing political organizations in America. They were the largest contributor in America to anti-gay rights organizations. In California they contributed more money againt (Prop 8 it think that established legal rights for Gay/Lesb) than any organization including the Morman church. They are a modern day Moral Majority.

Anyway, let me get this straight. This guy attends a Public University, wears Biblical Passages in his eye shadow (Sorry for the term), is getting ready to maybe be drafted but in the proceess takes a politial position of National TV during the Superbowl against Abortion and againt legal rights for Gays and Lesbians?

Am I correct here? Tebow is not a Moron, Moran, Maroon or whatever but someone needs to teach the guy to keep his views on religion and divisive politics personal and stay away from issues that create distrust and hate if he want to be taken seriously as a professional athlete in the NFL.

I find the guy extremely offensive and I am neither Pro/Anti abortion or gay/lesbian. I just don’t like people sticking their personal views in my face during a public entertainment event or at any other time. I find it EXTREMELY offensive.

I will debate these issues at the right time.. I have worked on political campaigns for over 30 years.. There is a time a place for everything.. Tebow, as an individual, has a perfect right to his opinion. However, some Moron/Moran/Moroon needs to tell Tebow the he is a public figure (by choice or not) to many from different backgrounds, religions, sexes and political views. Their/There/They’re/They are doing him a terrible deed by not doing so.

The young man is being used by intolerant selfish, politically driven munipulators.

KenBud

January 27th, 2010
10:47 am

Even if Tebow doesn’t make it in the NFL …. Be prepared to see him each week on your TV as a football commentator. He will be hired immediately.

Tuckdawg

January 27th, 2010
10:47 am

I dotn care what he does i just think its funny i have a very close personal friend who is a GATOR and i told him from day one Tim Crybaby wouldnt translate to the NFL. He ran the wrong kind of offense im not rooting against him i could just careless what happens to him he wasnt a Dawg so who cares.

jellybeandawg

January 27th, 2010
10:48 am

I think Tebow is a good player and an even better person however I think the constant 24hr media attention of Tebow has caused the backlash against him. Every time you turn on the TV its Tebow this, Tebow that, Tebow, Tebow, Tebow!!!! Its like the episode of the Brady Bunch where Jan got sick of hearing about how great Marsha was 24/7.

Its certainty not his fault in any way and the kid is an outstanding human being/ athlete but people are sick of hearing about it and as unfair as it may be the media has brought this upon him.

BigOrange

January 27th, 2010
10:49 am

It has a lot to do with the fact the we have spent the last 4 years listening to announcers and different media folks cramming down our throats how absolutely wonderful he is. Not to mention, unless you’re a Gator fan, the kid has probably whipped your team on more than one occasion. I can’t certainly attest to that. It’s human nature. For so many of us he has been the enemy for 4 years. I understand he is a good kid and does wonderful things in his personal life. I’m just sick of hearing about how great he is. I’m ready for him to be gone. Once and for all.

Spence

January 27th, 2010
10:50 am

Teabag is a Gator, and he cries after losing games. That’s two very major strikes against him, and he therefor does not “exemplif[y[ everything we want a college athlete to be.”

oompa loompa

January 27th, 2010
10:50 am

I’ll be honest. I don’t like the kid and his moral superiority. The only reason I want to see him go on to the NFL is so that I can continue to watch him cry after every loss.

Russ

January 27th, 2010
10:50 am

See the propoganda printed above, You didn’t mention all the crap he’s catching for the Super Bowl ad with his mom. God forbid someone should tell their own story of how they are alive because of a choice mom made. That would be intolerable of other people’s beliefs and certainly politically incorrect. We tolerate everything, except those with belief like Richt and Tebow.

GA DAWG

January 27th, 2010
10:50 am

The hatred for Tebow is due to the hatred for anything Florida by the other teams in the SEC, due to their arrogant fans and coach. UGA will beat florida in 2010—they will be way down, allowing GA to finally win—mark it down!

@DanWeiner

January 27th, 2010
10:51 am

I don’t think people have a problem with Tebow, they have a problem with the way the media deifies one of the better college players of the decade. He was outstanding, but the offense dipped significantly the first time he was asked to be the best player on his offense.

He just doesn’t have the mechanics to be an every down NFL quarterback. There’s nothing wrong with that. He has heart, he has an iron will, he’s a freakish athlete, he’s just not an NFL QB.

MBRT

January 27th, 2010
10:51 am

Thank you Jeff! I am a fan of an SEC team other than Florida and had to watch Tebow school our team for four years but I don’t get where this continued animosity comes from. Let it go.

He is an incredible athlete of grit and determination that most everyone should try to emulate. He is a good person and to my recollection he never tried to rob anyone, drive drunk or fund a dog fighting ring.

If he can get with the right team and the right coach, I think he can be something special in the NFL. I for one am rooting for him.

La Jolla Dawg

January 27th, 2010
10:54 am

Think this is part of a “build them up so you can tear them down” mentality. ESPN and every other mainstream sports media outlet did nothing but hype the heck out of him for the past four years, now they are going to bring some ‘balance’ into the mix by focusing on his flaws.

marko

January 27th, 2010
10:55 am

Kids today will find it difficult to believe, but Christmas used to be religous and football was secular. Call me old school if you like, but I believe in the seperation of church and football.

CrazyVol

January 27th, 2010
10:55 am

Good one Jeff, he’s a nice guy, did nothing wrong, strived for perfection, and now the media is in a shark frenzy over nothing. His place in college ball is sealed, if he doesnt make it in the NFL, he will still have acheived more in a couple of years with the gators then most of us will see in a lifetime.

I don’t get it, you have people going after him because he’s nice, then those same people will support Vick the complete opposite of Tebow!

Strange world we live in.

jellybeandawg

January 27th, 2010
10:56 am

GA Dawg I don’t think that it has anything to do with Tebow playing for Florida. Even if he played for Tennessee or Bama or Texas it would still be the same. People are sick of the media constantly ramming him down our throats.

Jeff Schultz is an Obama-loving hack.

January 27th, 2010
10:56 am

I’d back off Tebow before I backed off you or Bradley. Until you stop being so blatantly ANTI Georgia, I wouldn’t listen to a thing you ever had to say, loser.

GaGator

January 27th, 2010
10:56 am

It’s nice to see that most UGA fans/alums are taking a mature approach to this article, it looks like they out number the jerks about 10:1.

matt r

January 27th, 2010
10:56 am

“Is there some motivation to root against a player’s desire to make a living?”

Yes, if he’s a Gator.

ga gator

January 27th, 2010
10:56 am

Tebow is being used..

Not keeping your religious views to yourself is a guarantee of the Constitution. As long as the University did not provide the ink to write bible verses under his eyes, there wasn’t a violation of Separation of Church and State. What really amazes me is when someone that’s considered conservative states or expresses their views, the left says it’s offensive and pleads for it to stop. When they want to express their views and someone from the right objects, the first thing they want to scream is Freedom of Speech! I guess you haven’t watched him the past four years; he is not being used by anyone. No doubt what party’s political campaigns you have worked on for the past 30 years.

MikeT

January 27th, 2010
10:56 am

You forgot Heisman winner Charlie Ward who wasn’t drafted and never stepped on a na NFL field.

murfdawg

January 27th, 2010
10:59 am

Jeff,
The problem with Tebow is the same problem with Michael Jordan. Over exposure!!!There are a lot of other great players and great kids out there, but for the last four years we have been over saturated with Tebow. Hopefully, he will finally fade away and you guys can start hyping the next great phenom. I can hardly wait.

ga gator

January 27th, 2010
10:59 am

MikeT, Ward wasn’t drafted because he would not commit to playing football and teams didn’t want to waste a draft pick.

Hmmmm

January 27th, 2010
11:00 am

“Tebow is being used” wrote:
“I have worked on political campaigns for over 30 years.. There is a time a place for everything.. Tebow, as an individual, has a perfect right to his opinion. However, some Moron/Moran/Moroon needs to tell Tebow the he is a public figure (by choice or not) to many from different backgrounds, religions, sexes and political views. Their/There/They’re/They are doing him a terrible deed by not doing so.”
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Based on the sophomoric tone to your rant/screed/position paper, I seriously doubt you have worked on political campaigns for the past 30 years. “Biblical passages” on his “eye shadow”?
“Moron/Moran/Moroon”? Are you aware that even public figures have the right to assert their freedom of speech by making advocacy television commercials? Are you then saying that Alec Baldwin can’t share his political views (pro-abortion, pro GLBT rights, by the way) because he’s a public figure?
If, and that’s a big if, you have really ever worked on a political campaign, I’d be shocked.

ga gator

January 27th, 2010
11:00 am

murfdawg, I think UGA fans have already; Aaron Murray.

Ga Gator...

January 27th, 2010
11:02 am

I will tell you this. If his ad runs during the SB I will not watch it.

If my NFL team drafts the guy, I will discontinue my season ticket package. I am not supporting the pre-1950’s crap.

I don’t support his views and don’t want to hear them in a public arena. He is a walking social/political diaster for any organization. I don’t discuss political or religion at work. This is against our company policy. If I came in with Col: 3:28 on by shirt I would be sent home.

It ain’t ‘tem lieing propaganda liberals, as Rush/Hannity would call them, it is common decency which is something that many people of your thinking know nothing about.

CJ

January 27th, 2010
11:05 am

I’m with marko. Tebow should keep his fundamentalist — dinasours were passengers on Noah’s Ark — nonsense to himself. When he drops the holier-than-thou schtick, then maybe I’ll be a little more forgiving.

bruce mac

January 27th, 2010
11:05 am

I wish the guy good luck in whatever he undertakes. From what I have read, it is the coaches, scouts, and media that is ripping him. Why would opposing fans pull against him now. Makes no sence. He is not a great pure quarterback and that is not news. Irban Myer is a great coach and he was surrounded with the best talent in the world. He is a leader, very smart and a great person but the NFL doesn’t need that as much as they need the 15 to 20 yard down and out against the blitz. He just doesn’t possess the arm strength or quick release. Much ado about nothing, the scouts have been saying all of this for 4 years now.

DJ

January 27th, 2010
11:05 am

Tebow will be asking for 1st – 2nd round money to be a quarterback. He’s not worth that. Florida has a huge recruiting advantage over everyone – just schedule a January visit to anywhere vs. Florida.

Tebow will be great in the NFL only if his team gets at least 50% of the best players, plays exclusively from a shotgun, and keeps the passes down to 10 yards or less and lets the reciever rake in the YACs.

Not gonna happen.

gcs

January 27th, 2010
11:06 am

I agree. I don’t get this. Tebow is a good guy. It’s refreshing to have a non-thug in football.

Maybe some of you are upset because his Florida team beat your team. However, there are plenty of you that root for Peyton Manning (Tennessee).