Oh how the mighty have fallen. Not to say that Tim Tebow was ever mighty on the football field or anything, but you get the idea.
It was just a year ago that Tebowmania swept through the football nation and Tim Tebow was a captivating star. When he signed with the Jets this past off-season — becoming the most popular backup quarterback ever — everyone figured it wouldn’t be long before the madness of Tebowmania would be reborn.
To my delight, it wasn’t.
In the midst of a disastrous season, the fix we all knew was in, never came. As Mark Sanchez absolutely deteriorated before our eyes, Tebow never became the Jets starting quarterback to the surprise of many. Instead he was reduced to special team’s duty and occasionally running some offensive packages. This past week reports circulated that Tebow was unhappy about Greg McElroy being named the starting quarterback after the benching of Sanchez. He reportedly expressed to Coach Rex Ryan that he didn’t want to be used in the wild cat package in a game vs. the San Diego Chargers.
So let me get this straight: The ultimate “team player” who would do any duty requested of him, decided if he can’t start, he just won’t play?
Tim Tebow is a Con Man.
Last season Tebow convinced everyone into thinking he was this humble gracious guy that was just happy to be playing football. While admitting the spotlight was a bit overwhelming, he managed to still popup everywhere. I mean, you telling me the craze of Tebowmania somehow made this guy even more bashful? C’mon now. He cashed out last season. He became an icon by virtually stinking on the football field. What’s better than that? Tebow probably believed that he would come to the Jets and win a starting job based off popularity like he did in Denver. He was going to take over Manhattan off his name instead of skill. Unfortunately things backfired and his actions proved that he can be just as narcissistic as any other athlete.
But what’s even more disturbing about this story is sports fans and many media outlets applauding Tebow’s actions, as if it was so courageous that he stood up to Jets organization for being mistreated.
Give me a freaking break.
Did anybody stop and think that maybe he wasn’t good enough to actually EARN a starting job this time around? The Jets simply realized what John Elway and the Broncos realized: he’s just not that good of a quarterback. Now all of a sudden the Jets were terrible suitors for Tebow because they never gave him a chance.The Jets didn’t owe him anything.
I couldn’t imagine the backlash if a guy like Cam Newton — who isn’t a media darling — pulled that type of stunt. He would have been crucified with so much vitriol. But somehow Tebow gets the benefit of the doubt. What a joke. It’s truly a shame how the favoritism in sports can persuade people to defend such incomprehensible acts. So I guess this now gives any and every player in the NFL the option to refuse to play if they don’t get their way, right? Somehow I have a funny feeling the reception won’t be met with a standing ovation if their last name isn’t Tebow.
Here’s a thought: We don’t really know Tim Tebow. I’m sure he’s a good guy off the field but this incident exposed him. This proves that he is no less arrogant than any other athlete under the spotlight.
He conned us all. Except me of course!