Tuck: We Are All On Tebow Time

By Mike Tuck
Host, Tuck & O'Neill

GQ attempted jump on that Tim Tebow train with a recap of how the story unfolded this year.  Michael Silver interviewed players, coaches, and analysts.  All people you know.  Gathered all their thoughts in kind of a week by week recap of the Broncos season.  It actually was very well put together with different voices, and opinions of what exactly we were witnessing.  In GQ, it was probably more designed for the person who wasn’t a football fan, but is, or was interested in Tebow.  If you are a fan of him or football, then it isn’t a read that is going to move you, because it’s a bunch of stuff you already know.

In fact, if it wasn’t for Brady Quinn coming out on twitter defending himself, I never would have heard about it or even cared about it.

Quinn tweeted yesterday that “the comments attributed to me in a recent magazine article are in NO WAY reflective of my opinion of Tim and the Broncos. Tim deserves a lot of credit for our success and I’m happy for him and what he accomplished. Most importantly, he is a great teammate. That interview was conducted three months ago, and the resulting story was a completely inaccurate portrayal of my comments.”

So now I am interested to read what was written.  I believe Michael Silver.  I also understand where Quinn is coming from.  Athletes talk and talk and talk, and we choose the quotes that work for our story.  At times, those quotes are taken out of context.  I don’t believe this is one of those times.  In fairness to Quinn, his quotes represent just part of his opinion, but they are his opinion.  It’s just not the opinion that paints him in the light he wants to be painted in.

Unfortunately for Tim Tebow, we care too much about him.  We follow him to closely and observe his every move.  Even if he absolutely, positively didn’t want the attention, he’d still get it.  He became a cultural phenom.  Sometimes people choose that path, other times it’s chosen for them.

From a distance, it doesn’t appear Tebow has changed who he is or how he operates.  I don’t think he is looking for everyone to notice him praying.  We just do.  And that annoys some people.  It annoys people who don’t like public displays or religion in general, but it also seems to annoy fellow Christians who don’t get the attention they want, or thinks he is getting attention he doesn’t deserve because he isn’t any different than them in their beliefs.

At this point, the whole thing has spun largely out of Tim Tebow’s hands.  Ironic, considering all the “God” jokes.

It’s easy to understand how some players grow to be larger than life.  It’s easy to understand a debate over LeBron James or Alex Rodriguez and see why some people like them and some don’t.  For Tebow though, its more difficult.

LeBron, ARod, and Tebow we debate how good they are and different ways to measure their success, pro and con.  For the first two, it’s more than that because of choices they’ve made off the field/court.  Fair or not, there is some debate there.  For Tebow, the debate over him rages just as fiercely, but it seems odd to be having any debate at all.

Tim Tebow is a good man.  I don’t think its fair that he draws most of his negative attention based on the fact he receives too much attention.  The media basically created an argument against him by simply talking about him too much.

Brady Quinn has become a victim now, at least in his own mind.  Oddly the media paints him as the enemy, when Quinn’s real beef with Tebow actually has little to do with Tebow and more with the media he spoke with about Tebow.  Ironic.

I believe Brady Quinn.  Both what he says in the GQ article and the twitter defense.  I also believe Tim Tebow isn’t going away anytime soon because the media loves him.

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