But Tebow is the story. He is actually maybe three or four stories. He’s the college star who couldn’t cut it in the NFL. He’s the couldn’t-cut-it-in-the-NFL quarterback who took his NFL team on an improbable run into the playoffs. He’s the improbable run quarterback who got sacked from his team so the forehead know as Peyton Manning could have his job. He’s the sacked quarterback who got hired by the most dysfunctional team in all of football, the New York Jets, who paraded him around like the second coming of Joe Namath only to leave him festering on the bench and ignominiously cutting him from the team a year later.Another chance for Tebow to show us he is not just a football player but perhaps Football Jesus.And now this story of success then failure, then success, then failure again adds another chapter. Another shot at redemption. Another chance at salvation. Another chance for Tebow to show us he is not just a football player but perhaps Football Jesus. You may have heard that Tebow is a very devout Christian. The kind of Christian that doesn’t believe in pre-marital sex. Tebow is a virgin. Or so he says. Being inclined to think that no one would actually say that if it were not true, it stands to reason that he is actually a virgin.
By all accounts Tebow is a good guy, hardworking and all that. And in reality he’s not going to take Tom Brady’s place behind center unless Tom decides to become a born again bible thumper and spend his time caring for orphans in the Philippines. So dissecting Tebow as a player is a somewhat fatuous exercise. Tebow the person however seems to be – willingly and purposefully or unwilling and reluctantly – the kind of person that gets thrust into our national conversation not for what he has done (and he’s accomplished a hell of a lot more in life than I have) but for who he is.Some people love him primarily due to his outspoken religious fervor…Some people love him primarily due to his outspoken religious fervor and his desire to keep his skipper on the dock, while that is enough for others to hate him. New England is not Florida or any of those other sun-washed Bible bearing states where Jesus is front and center in the daily conversation. We won’t love an athlete because they are devout. We might even be inclined to hate them because they are devout.
Unfortunately for Tim Tebow, his mere existence seems to represent the angst between the religious South and secular North. The poor guy almost has the potential to become the next Archduke Ferdinand in the looming political divide in this country.Will Tebow rise up and just win games for God?And now he’s in the hands of perhaps one of the most hated and reviled coaches in all of sports, Bill Belichik. A man so allegedly Machavellian that his hiring of Tebow is being called Belichikian. Is it the hands of the devil that doth operate the string of the puppet Tebow, or will Tebow rise up and just win games for God?
Either way, as a Patriots fan it’s a bit of a win/win. If we get anything at all from Tebow, Jet’s coach Rex Ryan looks like an idiot, Belichick is confirmed yet again as a genius. If we don’t, well goodbye and good riddance Tim and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Either way it should make for a good story.