I may be in the minority who thinks he’s actually the best option the Patriots have at backup quarterback. The thing is, it’s not really about that. It’s about so much more than that.
The Patriots had a rough offseason. After another disappointing exit in the playoffs last year, they watched one of their best players taken out of his house in handcuffs and arrested on murder charges. Not the usual kind of juvenile behavior that professional athletes get in trouble for — murder.
That immediately brought out questions about the kind of character issues the team has fostered in recent years. In the beginning of the Bill Belichick era the team was all about doing things the “Patriot Way”. That used to mean doing things the right way, being the kind of player that the organization could be proud of both off the field and on.
Today that means being surly with the media and dismissive of the fan base. The Patriot Way used to be something New England fans could be proud of; today it’s something they have to constantly defend.
Now they have a chance to make a real statement. They have a chance to let the world know that character does matter. Putting Tebow on the final roster — whether he’s the one of the 53 best players in camp this summer or not — tells us that a player’s character matters as much as his talent.
If the Patriots keep Tebow on the final roster it sends message to the rest of the players. It tells them that being positive citizens and role model for fans is just as important to making the team as throwing touchdowns.
We all want to believe that character matters in our world. By keeping Tebow on the roster the Patriots have an opportunity to make a positive statement that being a good citizen can be just as important as being a good athlete.