Tim Tebow resides in a strange place in our sports world. He’s a hero to millions, beloved for his morals and those wild comebacks for the Broncos in 2011. He’s a folk hero in Florida. For a time, he was a folk hero in Colorado.
But he also resides in football limbo. He’s a superlative athlete, but his left arm does not appear NFL ready. That’s not just my view. That’s the view of every general manager and coach in the NFL.
Can he revive his career?
Doug Flutie and Joe Theismann were once in the same football limbo where Tebow now finds himself. They, too, appeared to lack required features for NFL stardom or even NFL survival. Both were too short. Both found success, even though they had to wait. Both used the doubts of the powers that be in the NFL as inspiration.
Many of Tebow’s most devoted fans believe there’s some kind of conspiracy in NFL to deny their hero what he deserves. That’s ridiculous.
But those devoted fans are not blind. They see a superb leader. They see one of the NFL’s all-time best running quarterbacks. What I mean is, when Tebow busts out of the pocket and looks downfield, he’s incredibly dangerous to a defense. I’m not saying he ranks with Roger Staubach and John Elway and Steve Young as a combo runner/passer. So, yes, Tebow admirers, there is reason to believe in his future. He could someday silence the doubters.
And I’m one of them. Tebow looks on his way to the NFL junk heap.
But I hope he proves me wrong.