I love a feel good story when people rally around other people who are in need. I especially like these stories when the person in need is a football pariah with a heart of gold and the person coming to their aid is the baddest human being on the planet. So, imagine my delight when those worlds collided and famous actor, martial artist, and lord over all that is bad ass-ery Chuck Norris came out publicly to defend free agent quarterback Tim Tebow.
And not just defend him as Norris compared Tebow to himself in a column he published online for a website called Newsbusters. Norris wrote: “Tebow is a player who rises to the occasion and delivers big in critical moments,” Norris writes in a column posted this week. “He reminds me of myself when I used to compete in martial arts.”
Norris went on to write that Tebow takes his skill to the next level when he needs to, just like Norris. My mind is blown.
Tebow has drawn zero interest from NFL franchises since his release from the New York Jets. This comes as a shock to no one other than Norris and Tebow himself, but it shocked Norris enough that he chose to put 1,500 words down about what an injustice it is. I had the opportunity to read the entire column, and perhaps the most terrifying part of the manifesto is it is not entirely off the mark in parts.
But what does it all mean? It means we live in the internet age and publicity is in great demand. Norris and Tebow are both guys with celebrity status that creates fans who border on the maniacal and critics that border on an angry mob with torches and pitchforks. But bond between Tebow and Norris means instant internet meme status and all the notoriety that goes along with it. Obviously no team is going to listen to what Norris has to say, even if it means coming face to face with one of those Norris roundhouse kicks. If the endorsement of Walker Texas Ranger can’t get Tebow back into the league, then he really has no hope at all. But you have to wonder what Tebow thinks of this endorsement by Lone Wolf McQuade. I’m sure he’ll say all the right things, but if secretly he’s not “high fiving” his buddies, I’ll be disappointed.