Inspiration doesn’t come along very often. The older I get the safer and more comfortable life becomes. But every so often a moment arises that forces me to think, act and feel differently than I had before. It’s a confusing time but it’s also very exciting. Tonight was one of those moments for me.
Want to win $150 for FREE? All you have to do is enter our Fantasy Alarm FREEROLL courtesy of Profanity Sports and take home your share of the FREE MONEY. Make a deposit at Profanity Sports and use Promo Code ALARM40 and you'll get a 40% deposit bonus right from the start.
I have been a huge fan of sports my entire life. I remember literally running home from school as a first grader in 1983 to watch the Chicago White Sox play the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS. I remember the tears in my Dad’s eyes when William “the refrigerator” Perry plunged into the endzone in Super Bowl XX. I remember celebrating with my teammates by spraying pop on one another after an undefeated little league season when I was 11 years old. I remember driving to my Mother’s house in 2005 to watch game four of the World Series.
Each of these moments changed my life. They’ve inspired me to worship sports, to make it a career and most importantly they taught me to believe that anything is possible. Tonight was another one of those moments for me.
I never thought much of Tim Tebow. I knew without question that while he was rolling over opponents while at the University Of Florida, he was never going to be a legitimate NFL QB. I can’t count how many arguments I had with so many college football fans who argued with me that Tebow would be an automatic first round pick and future star in the league. But scouting has always been strength of mine and quite frankly I have a pretty good track record of evaluating talent. I was sure that Tim Tebow would never make it as an NFL QB. I was wrong.
What I saw tonight was as illuminating as the reflection of a thousand stars on the water. Listening to the crowd, seeing the reactions of players, coaches and fans when Tebow crossed the goal line with the winning touchdown was something out of a storybook. Only this was real life. Leading his team on a 95 yard scoring drive against a very good opponent when nobody in the universe thought he could do it pretty much sums up the character of Tim Tebow.
Just three months ago the owner, team president and head coach of the Denver Broncos decided that Tim Tebow wasn’t going to be a QB for the Denver Broncos any longer. They wanted to cut him but had so much invested since the former regime had spent a first round pick on him that they just decided to drop him to third string and see if he could be a wide receiver. Do we recall that Tebow actually played receiver for the Broncos in week 2 after Brandon Lloyd and Eddie Royal went down with injuries?
By late August many thought the Broncos would cut their losses and put Tebow on waivers and walk away from someone else’s mistake. I wouldn’t have blamed them a bit. But I suspect that decision wasn’t made because during those times when everybody from John Elway to ESPN were trashing him, we never heard a peep from Tim Tebow. He never came out in the press or stomped his feet about the doubters or haters. All Tebow did was work harder. He was outworking everybody on the Broncos including the coaching staff in studying film, learning the playbook and refining his mechanics. Most players would have been appalled at the way he was being treated and demanded their agent take it up with the organization or the press but instead he just kept working.
When the Broncos started out 1-4 and were seemingly D.O.A. a move had to be made. John Fox gave into public outcry and let Tebow finish off a week 4 game against San Diego. What has happened since has defied everybody who thought they knew anything about professional football. Tebow nearly led the Broncos back in that game, leading the entire Rocky Mountain state to demand Tebow be named the Broncos starting QB. Reluctantly, John Fox handed the reigns to Tebow and after tonight’s amazing comeback win, he is now 4-1 as the Broncos starting QB.
I am absolutely convinced that John Fox fully expected Tebow to quickly fail and that he would have most of the second half of this season to evaluate whether or not Brady Quinn was their QB of the future. Tebow was almost pulled in Miami. He nearly lost his job after the Lions gave the Broncos a beatdown in week 6. But he kept working, kept pushing, kept making plays and winning games.
In addition to his terrible mechanics, lack of pocket presence and inaccurate throws, I never liked Tebow’s constant references to God, faith and Jesus. I have my own views on religion and absolutely hate athletes, actors or any other celebrities who shame others into agreeing to their beliefs. What I have learned however is that unlike most athletes who drop the big guy’s name all of the time, Tebow actually means it. His faith is his life and he has bigger and better goals in life than what happens on the football field. I don’t really understand why, but I like that.
Listen to The Fantasy Alarm Show Saturday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST and Sunday from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM EST on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio XM channel 87/Sirius 210.
This is a modern day Rocky or Rudy type of story. It’s the classic underdog tale of a man that nobody really trusted or believed in, becoming a winner. As I watched this game tonight I found myself pulling for him. Not from a fantasy perspective or a Broncos fan perspective or anything really to do with football. I was pulling for Tim Tebow as a man. I realized tonight that I respect the ever loving hell out of this guy. This is the type of player and person that I want my young son to grow up to be like.
Tim Tebow should be an inspiration to us all. He has made hard work and relentless determination pay off in ways few thought possible. He wears his faults on his sleeve and lets everybody point them out over and over again. But he just keeps on working. The one thing you can never put a price tag on is heart. Tebow is not your typical NFL QB. He is not your typical athlete, celebrity or man. What Tim Tebow is, is exactly what he strives to be and that is the best person he can be. No matter what the stats, record or media say that is what makes Tim Tebow a winner.
Play Free Fantasy Football at Fleaflicker and Dominate the Competition