It was only a few years ago that Tim Tebow was the talk of the NFL. He had successfully brought his ability to win to the big show against all odds. Starting with John Elway however, football guy after football guy began to slam Tebow for not being an NFL quarterback. It’s always that he doesn’t have the skills or he can’t get the job done week in week out. Whatever each person’s personal reason, Tebow found himself riding the bench and then basically done with football. Now however an unlikely source has come out in strong support of Tebow. Chuck Norris said recently in an online column that Tebow reminds him of himself. How about that?
There will be a lot of resistance against Norris doing this but I for one think it is about time. What happened to the knowledge that Tebow, no matter what your opinion of him, just seemed to find ways to win? Any team he’s been on wins, that’s it. He rises to the occasion when he needs to and usually in a very exciting way. That is exactly the point that Norris made.
“Tebow is a player who rises to the occasion and delivers big in critical moments. He reminds me of myself when I used to compete in martial arts.”
He didn’t stop there.
“I would spar with my black belts in class, and sometimes they would outscore me. Yet in the tournaments, I would defeat them. My students used to ask me, ‘Why is it that we can contend equally against you in class but can’t beat you in the tournaments?’ My answer was always the same: ‘When it counts, I rise to the occasion,’(Then about Tebow) …and I never have seen a more determined or inspiring athlete to play the game of football.”
It’s difficult to argue with someone who can kick the rear of most of the human population. Lucky for me, I completely agree with Norris and think it is way past time that someone said something in favor of the quarterback. That’s right I said quarterback because that is what he is. I saw a clip once in one of the first Denver Broncos games he played in where he walked over to the bench and said, “Only one man gets the ball right here!” It was on the last play of the game and guess what happened? Tebow took the ball, scored a touchdown and the Broncos, say it with me, won!
Was it how a “normal” quarterback would do it? Maybe not. Was it how Elway would have done it? You know what, probably so actually. I wonder why Elway doesn’t like a guy that has some similar abilities to him. In the end it didn’t matter how anyone else would have done it because they won. Instantly everyone on the team knew he was the leader in the huddle and he won the game.
Norris challenged Shad Khan, the Jacksonville Jaguars owner to reconsider signing Tebow. Whether he steps up to the plate this season or Tebow ends up wandering around other leagues for a while, one thing resounds to be true of this man. He is not finished in the NFL, no matter what anyone says. I guarantee you he will be on someone’s team eventually and when he is, there will be egg on a lot of faces. Kudos to Norris as well as Ron Jaworski for standing up for Tebow instead of slamming him like nearly everyone else.