Tim Tebow Talk: It Has Only Just Begun
For at least one year now, there has been no middle ground on Tebow’s future.
We have not even reached the tip of the iceberg in terms of Tebow talk.
I knew there would become a point after college football season died down that Tebow talk would immerse the pages of newspapers, magazines and websites. No one media outlet is safe.
In a matter of six weeks, the chatter is no longer about the successes of arguably college football’s most impressive athlete and most accomplished player.
Tebow’s college triumphs are yesterday’s news. His two national championships and Heisman Trophy are memories from an illustrious career.
His records against Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee are now merely trivia questions. (The answers are 8-1 as a starter and 11-1 in his entire career. His lone loss occurred in 2007 to Georgia, 42-30.)
All of those numbers and tears are recollections, which will be forever known as the Tebow Era.
But, currently, the NFL is the only topic associated with Tebow.
It all began with Monday’s practice for this Saturday’s Senior Bowl. A firestorm of Tebow talk was sparked. It was out of control.
I somewhat expected an appearance by notable film critic Roger Ebert, so that he give his thumb(s) up or down. He was unavailable for comment in this column.
This week, during Senior Bowl practice, Tebow has been criticized for his bobbled snaps under center, his poor delivery style and a not-too-quick stride in the pocket.
Now, with all that has occurred, comparing the number of Tebow’s supporters to detractors is no easy statistical task. In my opinion, it is a toss-up.
For two years, I have been saying Tebow will not make it at the next level. And, “making it” does not include holding a clipboard and waving towels during the fourth quarter.
I understand that Tebow is a winner and has a will to win greater than Alexander the Great and Hannibal.
After many hours of contemplation, I am not quite sold on the claim that Tebow will succeed in the NFL. However, since he is a low-risk, high-reward player, any NFL team would be foolish to pass on him.
Yes, a team could use a first-day draft pick on Tebow. But, if he doesn’t pan out as a quarterback, fullback, tight end (or any other position that fans believe he can succeed at and adjust to), it will be known as a risk that was well worth taking.
On the other hand, if an organization passes on the 22-year-old Tebow, and he becomes the next Peyton Manning or Joe Montana, then that team will be grouped alongside the Portland Trailblazers for selecting Sam Bowie over NBA legend Michael Jordan.
That is no place an NFL team wants to be. This includes the Jacksonville Jaguars.
At some point this season, Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver has pondered whether or not Tebow will be available when the Jaguars draft on Thursday, April 22.
For the Jags, a best case scenario is that Tebow will be off the board by the time its first-round selection is made.
I cannot tell you if more scorn or applause will follow such a decision. Although, I have gotten a gut feeling – and that’s all it is – that Jacksonville has grown weary of the Tebow mania.
I would compare the hoopla to listening to a Beatles song every day for six years. After that long, “Let It Be” turns into a mindless Spice Girls tune.
Be prepared. It's only January, which means that the next three months will be jam-packed with Tebow talk.
The barrage of opinions could become so fierce that Roger Ebert will be using another digit on his hand to grade this Tebow talk mania. Some kindly refer to it as the New York salute.
Tebow has proven that, with unending motivation and energy, he can be molded into a high-performance, record-setting winner. But, he has many hurdles to overcome and new talents to conquer on his quest to become an NFL star.
Richard Miller is a national broadcaster for Jacksonville Jaguars’ home games on Sporting News Radio. Additionally, he can be heard on ABC 1320 WBOB in Jacksonville at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays with The Jacksonville Observer Radio Show.
Richard contributes to Inside the Game with Robin Valetutto every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Currently, Richard is writing David Lamm’s biography entitled Lamm at Large: The David Lamm Story, which will be available in 2010.
You can e-mail Richard at Richard.Miller@jaxobserver.com