Why We Should All Stop Hating, Become Tim Tebow Fans

Caleb GarlingCorrespondent INovember 27, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 27:   Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 27, 2011 in San Diego, California.  The Broncos went on to win 16-13 in overtime.   (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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First, I will admit that I didn't think Tim Tebow would amount to much in the NFL. How could he? The NFL has seen countless big quarterbacks with weak arms roll in and out like donuts at the offensive line's breakfast table. If there is one lesson that's been beaten into our heads, it's that you can't be a one dimensional quarterback in the NFL. If you can't throw, you can't play. Tebow posted some gaudy numbers in college but no one was saying they'd translate to the pro game.

But here he is. And though he's not winning games with his arm, he's not losing with it either. He was only completing 44 percent of his passes coming into today, but Tebow had also thrown only one interception. With the win over the Chargers today, the Donkeys are the Broncos again, going 5-2.

So why all the bad mouthing about Tim Tebow? (I hate the word "hate" for players. Makes everyone using it sound dumb. We are more nuanced creatures than to simply "hate" players.) I think some people are turned off by his love of God. Personally, I don't attend church and probably won't get married in one, but in regards to Tebow's obsession with tossing all success heavenward, I say, "Who cares?" He's not demanding the Broncos change their snap count so he can spread the word.


If he wants to give credit to his God and not himself, so be it. Just don't watch the post-game interview. (And honestly, why do people waste time with post-game interviews anyway? Have you ever, in your life learned something? "Ohhhh, I didn't realize they 'were just trying to make a play on the ball there'" Good to know.)

Related to the God-tossing is his autobiography. I will admit that having an autobiography out while you're still playing football is a little lame. I cannot fathom how many guys have quoted his book to him in the locker room in order to get under his skin. Having your own book, two years into the game, is the kind of plot line Disney builds into football movies. I have no idea if this has ever happened before, but, in these cases, if you don't like, don't buy the book.

Lastly, it seems the remainder of Tebow-haters are determined to keep throwing rotten tomatoes at the Tebow Train because they don't think it'll last. To that, I say...you may be right, but enjoy it. The guy is playing quarterback with zero weapons (Eric Decker? Willis McGahee's carcass?) and winning. Enjoy the ride. Just because he's not rocking back and firing frozen ropes through passing lanes doesn't mean he's not worthy of a little fanmanship. He's fun to watch and he wins. Just take it in...and talk trash if you turn out to be right.