New Study: Tim Tebow’s Tears Are So Macho

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10.07.11 2 Comments

The American Psychological Association has released a new study, entitled, “Psychology of Men & Masculinity,” and the findings are going to blow your minds. It turns out that college football players who cry tend to have higher self-esteems and are all-around better players than those who don’t.


“Overall, college football players who… are emotionally expressive are more likely to have a mental edge on and off the field,” said psychologist Jesse Steinfeldt, PhD, of Indiana University-Bloomington, a co-authored of the study.

(Via The Daily Mail)

The APA studied 150 student-athletes currently on college football rosters, and the male players involved had a median age of 19 and were mostly white. The players were split into four groups and read a story about a football player named Jack, who cries after losing a football game, and the players then responded with their thoughts on Jack’s sissy boy attitude.

“In 2009, the news media disparaged University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow for crying on the sidelines after losing a big game, even labeling him Tim ‘Tearbow,'” said psychologist Y. Joel Wong, PhD, the study’s lead author.

“However, the college football players in our study who believed Jack’s crying was appropriate had higher self-esteem. In contrast, players who believed Jack’s crying was inappropriate yet felt they would likely cry in Jack’s situation had lower self-esteem.”

OK, ready for the punchline? The 150 players involved in the study came from just two teams, one in Division II and the other in the NAIA. So the moral of the story is nerds get stuffed in lockers for a reason.

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