I don’t know much about the independent conservative news website WND, but the fact that they sell a “Tim Tebow For President” bumper sticker leads me to believe that they’re big fans of his All-American golden boy charm and downhome “Aw schucks”-ness. While I was a bit distracted by their ad that asks in big letters, “Martial Law Close?”, I did read a very thoughtful and well-written examination of why one person believes that Tebow deserves a chance to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
That person? CHUCK NORRIS.
The man who inspired one of the Internet’s greatest memes believes that just like we have Ultimate Fighting Championships, we also have Ultimate Clutch Players. Wait, did I say this was well-written? Um, I meant it was written.
Anyway, Norris uses his made up UCP philosophy to defend Tebow as his favorite clutch player in the NFL, and he further argues that Tebow’s brief tenure as the Denver Broncos’ starter and his one playoff win is why a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars should sign him and let him be the starter and leader that he was born to be.
In 2010, the first round draft pick out of the University of Florida, signed a five-year contract with the Denver Broncos. His rookie season he played back up to then starter Kyle Orton. Orton remained the starter the following season, but after a 1-4 start, Tebow replaced him at halftime against the San Diego Chargers. After attempting to rally his team from a 16-point deficit against San Diego, Tim was named the starter for the upcoming game against the Miami Dolphins. It was in that game that we got to see Tebow work his fourth-quarter magic. Tim came back from a 15-0 disadvantage to the Dolphins and led the Broncos to an 18-15 overtime victory.
And what sportsman can ever forget how that amazing rookie quarterback then led the Broncos to six wins in their next seven games and into the playoffs, beating the highly favored Pittsburgh Steelers in a wild-card game? After finishing the game tied and going into overtime, the Broncos won the coin toss, and Tebow threw a perfect 80-yard pass on the first play to win the game 29-23. It was the Broncos’ first playoff victory in six years.
Well, technically, he threw a perfect 15-20-yard pass to an open Demaryius Thomas, who then ran for approximately 60 yards after stiff-arming a defender and using his amazing speed to create space. But still, Tebow threw the TD pass and we can’t ever take that away from him.
So why Tebow? I mean, obviously the Broncos are better off with Peyton Manning anyway.
Forbes just released its 2013 list of Most Influential Athletes, and Tim Tebow leads the pack with the No. 1 ranking, followed by Manning at a distant fifth. The only other two NFL players on the list were Drew Brees (No. 6) and Aaron Rodgers (No. 8).
Well if a sports publication like Forbes says so, then we have to agree. Besides, remember all those times that Joe Montana influenced those passes to Jerry Rice to win Super Bowls? INFLUENCE WINS GAMES.
Tebow is a player who rises to the occasion and delivers big in critical game moments. He reminds me of myself when I used to compete in martial arts. I would spar with my black belts in class, and sometimes they would outscore me. Yet in the tournaments, I would defeat them. My students used to ask me, “Why can we contend equally against you in class, but we can’t beat you in the tournaments?” My answer was always the same, “When it counts, I rise to the occasion.”
This is a great point. Remember last season when the New York Jets had their quarterbacks throwing at trash cans in practice and Tebow was the only QB who got his ball into a can? That was him rising to the occasion. That was truly clutch.
So what team do I feel should give Tim the opportunity to excel as a quarterback and usher them to Super Bowl status?
My present pick would be the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Why? To put it simply, because Tim could help turn the mediocre team into a championship one. Tebow works miracles on the field, and his inclusion would embolden the spirit of the Jaguars among the team and fans.
Tebow: “Hey coach, what should we run for this final play that will determine the outcome of our first ever appearance in the Super Bowl?”
Gus Bradley: “Play? We don’t need a play. Just make a miracle happen. I’ll be over here sipping champagne.”
So let me respectfully challenge Mr. Khan to consider these words from Dr. King: “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
I know Khan, Caldwell and Bradley have talked, and they know that hiring Tebow would be right – right for them, right for the team, right for the fans and right for Florida.
In conclusion, NFL teams don’t win Super Bowls unless Chuck Norris lets them.
(H/T to Shutdown Corner)