The Tebow Debate: The Believers and the Haters
By Tim Marcin
Elm Staff Writer
Here it is: the obligatory Tim Tebow article. I’ll start this article with a little bit of a warning. I’m a Tebowmaniac. I believe in the great power of Tim Tebow. I believe in character. I believe in a high-school offense. I believe in intangibles. I believe that every cliché sports speech about heart and the power of team has been proven true.
Yet I wonder, why do I have to say I believe in Tim Tebow? I think that Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL. I have never caught myself saying I believe in Aaron Rodgers. Tebow is the most polarizing player in the league because the discussion surrounding him has broken down into factions—the believers and the nonbelievers. Like a political debate or more fittingly, a religious argument, the gap between the sides has been separated decisively.
Why is there such a divide? Simply put, because Tebow showcases his religion much like other athletes showcase their jewelry, touchdown celebrations, or model girlfriends. Fair or unfair, this is a time when openly displaying your religion makes many Americans uncomfortable. Tebow writes bible verses on his eye-black and people cringe. His goody-goody, wholesome image drives people crazy. Many of those who do not believe in him want to see him fall. Nobody can be that perfect, they think. They pessimistically root against a person who dares the world to challenge his image, his religion, his throwing motion, or anything else they can dream up. I want to see a person who has the willpower and intense confidence succeed. Call me an optimist.
Now granted, there are those who do not root against him, but do not think he is a good enough quarterback to sustain his winning ways of late (5-1 as a starter in 2011). I guess in a debate that feels inherently religious, they are the agnostics—not in full support, but not fully against either. I admit he is not the best thrower in the history of football. He will never drop a ball on a dime to the back shoulder like Aaron Rodgers. I do think, however, that he has something, the proverbial it, that can will a team to win. Will the read-option offense the Denver Broncos run be a sustainable model for success? Probably not. Will Tim Tebow find another way to win? I believe he just might.