Yes, you read that correctly. Tim Tebow might be the best Quarterback the NFL has ever seen, that never got a shot. Now before you start getting all heated and irrational, let’s take an in-depth look at Tim Tebow’s career as a Quarterback starting from his college years at University of Florida.
2006: All-SEC Freshman Team.
2007: Davey O’Brien Award Winner, Heisman Trophy Winner, Maxwell Award Winner, Sporting News Player of the Year, Quarterback (Yes, I said Quarterback) of the Year, ESPY for Best Male College Athlete.
I could go on and on about Tim Tebow’s historic 2007 campaign, for I have left out an additional 10 awards that he won that year.
2008: ESPY for Best Male College Athlete, Heisman Trophy Finalist, Maxwell Award Winner, Manning Award Winner.
Again, I am going to leave out an additional 7 awards that he had won that year.
2009: William V. Campbell Trophy Winner, Heisman Finalist, and yes: Sports Illustrated College Football of the Decade.
OVERALL STATS (Numbers Never Lie): SEC’s All-Time Leader in Career Passing Efficiency (170.8), Completion Percentage (67.1%), Passing Touchdown to Interception Ratio (5.5 to 1), Rushing Yards by a Quarterback (2947), Rushing Touchdowns (any position) (57), and Total Touchdowns Responsible for (145).
With a resume like that, someone would be crazy not to think about picking him in the first round, right! Perhaps not.
With continuous criticism on his throwing mechanics and playing style, Tim Tebow didn’t seem to have any significant NFL Draft stock at all.
ESPN NFL Football Expert Analyst Merril Hoge summed up what most people thought about Tim with these “carefully chosen” words: “The more I studied him in an NFL setting, the more disturbed I was that he has no clue what he’s looking at,” Hoge said of Tebow. “His IQ as a football player is not very good. That is why they have to come down and make it some of a college-form system that he’s comfortable with in Florida. He can’t execute, from a cerebral aspect, a pro-style system.”
Nonetheless, as you probably know, Tim Tebow was picked by the Denver Broncos with the 25th Overall Pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Here is where it gets interesting. In 2001, the Denver Broncos start season was not what anyone expected. Their record after 5 games was a disappointing 1-4, with Kyle Orton as the starting Quarterback.
Tim Tebow would finally get his shot, and the rest was history. He led the Denver Broncos to a 7-4 record throughout the rest of the season, and even a NFL Playoff victory against Ben Roethlisberger’s Pittsburgh Steelers. Yes, the Steelers.
Wait; so a first-year starting quarterback played a two-time Superbowl Champion Pittsburgh, went into overtime, and beat Ben Roethlisberger in his first ever posteason game? Yes, believe it or not that did happen.
Wow, that’s unbelievable. After that kind of performance in a year you would think that Tim Tebow would be a lock as an NFL Quarterback for at least a couple years more, right? Think again.
Before we get into the rest of this discussion let’s take a look at some “Blind Numbers”.
The first set of statistics are going to be of an NFL Quarterback in his Rookie Campaign, and the next set of statistics are going to be of another.
Games: 11 Completion Percentage: 47.5% Touchdowns: 7 Interceptions: 14
Yards: 1,663 Rate: 54.9
Fourth Quarter Comeback/Game-Winning-Drive: 1/1
Playoffs?: Yes Record: 0-1 (Loss in First-Round)
Games: 14 Completion Percentage: 46.5% Touchdowns: 12 Interceptions: 6
Yards: 1,729 Rate: 72.9
Fourth Quarter Comeback/Game-Winning-Drive: 5/6
Playoffs?: Yes Result: 1-1 (Loss in Second-Round)
For an easier reference, I have bolded all of the leading statistics for each category.
I’m going to let you ponder this for a second and really think about which player is which and then I’ll reveal the craziness.
Okay, the statistics that are listed first are of a Rookie Quarterback who made his debut in the year 1983. His name was John Elway. John Elway?
NO WAY. Yes, way.
The statistics that are listed below are of a man previously mentioned numerous times, Tim Tebow.
So, in their first full season a true starter Tim Tebow collected more Yards, Touchdowns, less Interceptions, a better Quarterback Rate, a better Playoff record, and more Game Winning Drives and Fourth Quarter Comebacks than future Hall of Famer John Elway did.
Can someone please tell me why, after seeing those numbers, Tim Tebow still hasn’t gotten a true shot at being a Starting Quarterback somewhere in the NFL?
Yes, I know that his throwing mechanics are horrendous, he has no rhythm, poor foot skills, and doesn’t have the make-up of a “true NFL Quarterback”, but do you know what he does have that most Quarterbacks don’t?
Tim Tebow has a winning mentality. He has the guts to leave absolutely everything on the field and to not quit a game until the whistle is blown. It reminds me of a little kid in Pop Warner who still has faith and confidence in winning every single game no matter how much they were losing by. That sense of desire is something lost in many Professional Athletes today with the fixation of sponsorships and record-setting salary negotiations.
Please correct me if I’m wrong, but what’s the most important thing in any Professional Sports League? No, not how much money you earn but nice try.
OH, YES. It’s winning. I’m not saying that Tim Tebow should be elected into the Hall of Fame or should start for the New England Patriots, but all I am saying is that Tim Tebow deserves a shot. He deserves a shot to start in the NFL, in the Regular Season, at least one more time.
What Quarterback have you ever heard of that wins his first ever postseason game and then never gets to start again?
There may never be another one ever again, which is why Tim Tebow might be the best Quarterback the NFL has never truly seen.