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I guess it’s human nature, but it seems that the grass is always greener somewhere else.
Why does the guy with the super hot girlfriend always end up cheating?
Why does the rich business man get busted for fraud when he already had more money than he could ever spend?
Why is it so easy to ignore all of the good things in your life and instead focus on few flaws?
It’s about time to stop looking at what Tim Tebow can’t do, and appreciate what he can do.
A Tebow Comparable
Almost thirty years ago, a young kid from North Carolina entered the NBA with a lot of fanfare. Unfortunately, he wasn’t a real great shooter. He also didn’t play a lot of defense, and his passing skills were scrutinized as well.
What if we had given up on Michael Jordan because he couldn’t (yet) do everything on the basketball court?
Shooting guards were supposed to SHOOT the rock. Shooting guards were supposed to play great defense. Shooting guards were supposed to be role players – letting the big men and point guards lead their teams to victory. It didn’t matter that Jordan was a winner in college – he didn’t do things “the way they’ve always been done.”
His Airness ignored all of that. He had one thing that was greater than anyone he would ever play against: a fierce desire and will to win.
Eventually, he learned to shoot the rock. Oh yeah, he also ended up playing a little defense as well, and he became one of the most underrated passers of his generation (just ask Steve Kerr and Jon Paxson).
What Is Tim Tebow?
What do we REALLY have with Tebow? To be honest, I don’t really know.
I know he’s a solid, if not spectacular, runner of the football. I know he has a strong arm, but not an accurate one.
One thing is for sure though: he has that fierce desire and will to win.
How long are we going to keep ignoring this?
More importantly, why do we look past that trait of his and not the others?
How many players have had the talent of Michael Jordan? Crazy athletic shooting guards are a dime a dozen these days. Vince Carter was MORE athletic and a better shooter right out of college. JR Smith, Jason Richardson, Clyde Drexler…need I keep going?
These guys all had similar if not better skill sets than His Airness when they entered the league. But it was Jordan’s drive that separated him. That drive spread to his teammates. That drive won him championships.
It was Jordan’s DRIVE that made him the GOAT.
The conventional wisdom says that quarterbacks are supposed to throw the ball. It says that a QB’s most important trait is accuracy. “Nobody has ever done it this way before.”
JaMarcus Russell still has a better arm than Tim Tebow. So did Jeff George. So did countless other busts outs.
As evidenced by them, it clearly takes more than a good arm to become a good quarterback.
Tebow, Jordan, and The Will To Win
While we search for greener grass elsewhere and nitpick a player that has led a mediocre team to a 4-1 record, we have ignored the biggest strength that Tebow does have – a quality that is possibly transcendent: a once-in-a-generation-like will to win.
What Tebow did on Thursday night could not have been more Jordan-like. How many times did Jordan fight through a tough game, battle against a defense whose entire goal was to stop him, only to rise to the occasion when it mattered the most and lead his team to victory?
Like Jordan, Tebow was a winner in college.
Like Jordan, Tebow makes the players around him better.
Like Jordan, Tebow does things a little differently.
Who cares if it wasn’t a playoff game? That might as well have been “The Drive 2.0.”
Nobody questions the fact that it was Jordan’s will to win that separated him from everybody else.
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Let’s stop criticizing Tim Tebow for possessing “little more” than the “Will to Win.”
Wouldn’t that be the FIRST trait you would built upon if you were building “the perfect QB?”
So what that he’s unconventional. Who cares? Nobody had ever seen a 6’6″ shooting guard palm a ball in his hands and dunk from the free throw line before either. I think it’s safe to say we would all go through the Michael Jordan experience again.
Today, we will probably hear countless critics talk about Denver’s defense winning the game. Others will criticize the play of Mark Sanchez. All of them will try to argue that for 55 minutes, Tebow wasn’t good. (Of course, they will ignore the fact that John Fox didn’t allow Tebow to do Tebow-Things until that point either. With 8 minutes left, trailing by three with the ball inside your own 10-yard-line, you call THREE CONSECUTIVE RUNS into the middle of the line? You have got to be kidding me.)
But once upon a time, Michael Jordan went 13 for his first 33 against the Utah Jazz in Game Six. What happened next? Layup…steal…jumper…game time.
He got better when it mattered. And we praised him for it.
The Grass Is Green In Denver
Give Tebow the same benefit of the doubt. Maybe, like Jordan, he just lives for crunch time.
Let’s enjoy what we DO have. Let’s appreciate his competitive fire. Let’s admire the way his teammates ALL respond to him. And who knows, maybe he will end up learning to throw the ball around a little bit after all.
When that happens, we can all stare at and be thankful for the greenest grass around.
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