Living in Athens, I am one among the very few Tim Tebow supporters. It is not because I loved him at Florida or because I think he is a good NFL quarterback. I do think, however that he is a proven winner. When he played for the New York Jets, he deserved a starting job in the NFL. Coming into the 2012 season, most sports writers and analysts were against seeing Tebow start for the Jets, calling his miraculous playoff run in Denver a fluke.
When I read this Sports Illustrated article, it was one of the few articles that was in full support of Tebow at a time when not many gave him a chance. It spoke not only of Tebow’s greatness, but rather of Mark Sanchez’s incompetency at the quarterback position, which I enjoyed.

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About Justin Fedich

I am a sports journalist, former sports reporter at The Selma Times-Journal and a graduate of the University of Georgia's Grady School of Journalism, where I majored in digital and broadcast journalism, minored in communication studies and received a certificate in sports media.

7 thoughts on “Tebowmania

  1. bpatbend

    We were all part of Tebowtime this past NFL season (or last two for that matter) whether we wanted to or not. While Tebow was in Denver, I was always questionable on his playing style as a NFL starting QB, but never doubted his winning habits. This article does a good job of asking yourself why Tebow never got a shot up against Mark “butt fumble” Sanchez. We all know that the Jets failed to do much of anything last year, but Tebow NOT ONCE got a shot at winning a game for Rex Ryan’s team.

  2. nickvsuss

    As another person who got caught up in the whole Tebowmania aspect of the past few seasons, I fully appreciated this article as a fan of the game. I feel that Tebow is above all else a football player, and regardless of his arm strength or accuracy has proven that he is worthy of a starting position in the NFL. That being said, with the rise of the mobile quarterback in the NFL over the last season proving that players like Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson can do what Tebow does and also thro very efficiently, I think his day may have passed.

  3. ncastre

    With Tim Tebow, I have always really enjoyed this man’s character, especially the way he carries himself on and off the field. I was extremely disappointed when the Jets released him this past season after barely giving him a chance to show what he was capable of. While he may not be the best quarterback in the league, I do believe that he can get some big plays done when given the right tools, which was shown when he was on the Denver Broncos and won a playoff game. This article was great in analyzing how Tebow could have fit into a Jets system with the new offensive coordinator and new teammates. My only hope now is that the Patriots will give him the chance that he deserves because of the poise and overall hard work that this young man puts forth into this game.

  4. connorsmo

    Rosenberg hit the nail on the head when he said that the Jets can make a controversy out of nothing. The organization brought in one of the most well-known, and most criticized, quarterbacks into a city with the most critical fans and media. What did they think was going to happen? Sure the idea was good in principal. NFL defenses would have to prepare for two quarterbacks instead of one, and Tebow would add an element of surprise to the offense. Yet that didn’t happen because Tebow can barley throw the ball and the Jets rarely used him. In fact, they promoted their third-string quarterback Greg McElroy to starter over Tebow when Sanchez went down with an injury. The Jets treated Tebow like a rag doll and then threw him to the wolves. He is now with New England and has a better shot at a Super Bowl than he ever did in New York.

  5. cpace2016

    I really liked the writing on this, especially the lede. Of course, what Rosenberg told us is what most of us already knew. Sanchez sucks, we get it, and Tebow, statistically speaking, hasn’t really been any better. I still think it would have been at least worth someone’s (not my own) money to see Tebow leading the Jets last year, especially at the end of the year when it was pretty clear they weren’t going anywhere.

  6. catrinar31

    I thought this article was interesting because it seemed as if he was giving his opinion on a lot of subjects. I like how he used facts to relate his opinion to in the article. The author, Michael Rosenberg, shows that he knows what he is talking about because he compares the two quarterbacks and uses the passing percentage to make his point. It was a great read, I just wish it didn’t seem so opinionated.

  7. vaughn9

    Tebow does have some intangible that allows him to lead teams and win games without being a conventional quarterback. And had Ryan given him the chance to practice with the team as starter and get a good rhythm going, maybe the Jets could’ve won a few more games -or at least made them closer. With Tebow on the Patriots now, I doubt we will see him as starter any time soon, unless Brady gets hurt, but I’d love someone to give him the chance to be a starter again and see what he can do.


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