Why Is Tim Tebow So Polarizing?
I am constantly amazed at the ridicule aimed at Tim Tebow who should be a celebrated athlete yet is mocked by the many. Thursday it was announced that the 33-year old had officially signed a contract with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars more than a week after speculation began that the Heisman Trophy winner would reunite with Urban Meyer, his college coach at Florida.
Tebow has been a target for many in the media since his glory days as a Gator when he quarterbacked them to a National Championship with a combination of talent, determination and leadership. Of course there was always the religion thing with him which seemed to turn off some even though he did not throw it in anyone’s face unless you consider his kneeling celebration pose, which became known as “Tebowing” a bit too much.
His NFL career seemed over in 2015 when he was released by the Jets and despite jumping into broadcasting Tebow still had a lust to compete so he tried baseball. Critics came from all corners when the Mets signed him to a minor league contract and while his four-year career was not great he did hit .273 in Double A ball in 2018 which is a lot better than Michael Jordan.
So now he’s giving football another shot at a new position, tight end and here come the critics. If anything they should question why the Jaguars have signed him and the simple answer is the relationship he has with Meyer. If he’s not good enough then even that won’t keep him on the team and he’ll return to the broadcast booth.
Tim Tebow, who is married to a former Miss Universe, is one of the most polarizing figures in sports for all the wrong reasons. At a time when many athletes get second and third chances despite criminal-type behavior Tebow gets criticized for trying to remain in the game. Shame on those who make fun of him because at the end of the day he’ll have the last laugh.
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