Although you can't see me as you read this, look over at that little picture of me in the corner of this column and imagine me waving a white flag.
I'm crying, "UNCLE!"
I'm officially buying a seat aboard the Tim Tebow train.
Look, I've got nothing against the man, personally. In fact, I appreciate him both as a player and a person.
He may not be the most technically sound quarterback in the NFL, but what the Denver Broncos' megawatt star lacks in precision he more than makes up for with an incredible "it" factor that's tougher to explain than Lady Gaga.
What's more, he's not just a genuinely nice professional athlete, he's a genuinely nice human being. (Believe me, after covering the NBA for going on seven seasons, I can recognize a distinction between the two.) And while I'd love to be able to tell you I've always been a Tebow fan, the truth is, I haven't. Even going back to his college days at Florida, I appreciated his competitive spirit and natural ability to lead, but I struggled with constant media hype surrounding him. He became an easy target.
Perhaps it's just the age we live in. Call it the "ESPN era," in which the country's pre-eminent sports media outlet finds a great story and relentlessly beats on it like a teenage boy with a new drum kit.
Essentially, I went through the same thing with former BYU basketball player Jimmer Fredette before finally succumbing to the hysteria. Of course once I finally surrendered to Jimmermania, I went "all in" as they say on those late-night poker shows.
As much as I've resisted doing the same thing for Tebow, I can't keep fighting it.
I'm on board, I'm buckled up and I'm ready for the ride, wherever it leads.
For me, it all began last Sunday as I watched the Broncos-Steelers AFC playoff game. A fan of neither team, I tried to watch the game with complete objectivity, compelled to only be concerned by the storyline of Tebow vs. the vaunted Steelers' defense.
But admittedly, as the game went on I found myself rooting against Tebow, mostly because of my natural contrarian instinct, coupled with my disdain for the ESPN hype machine. I resisted until the very end, when Tebow found receiver Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard touchdown completion that gave the Broncos an improbable overtime victory.
I saw the whole thing happen on the television screen in front of me and yet I couldn't quite believe my eyes.
All I could say was, "Wow."
And I'm still saying it.
While much of his game seems so unfit -- so impractical -- for an NFL quarterback, the guy has intangible skills that simply can't be measured. His will to win and his ability to inspire his teammates is uncanny. And while I don't consider myself a Broncos fan, I've become fascinated with watching Tebow make plays.
Anyone who's watched with any sort of objectivity has seen him make six ... seven ... eight horrible passes in a row, only to zip the next one right into the waiting arms of a receiver.
On one hand it's maddening, on the other it's captivating.
Finally, there's one more Tebow thing that needs to be addressed: his faith.
Yes, like many other athletes he wears his faith on his sleeve. A devout Christian, he has no qualms about putting his beliefs on display for all to see.
In some ways, it's become something of a punchline -- at least in some areas of popular culture.
I'll be honest, I can see why some people are turned off by it. On the other hand, there doesn't appear to be anything disingenuous or phony about him. And considering the trouble some NFL players have run into over the years, Tebow's wholesomeness is refreshing.
The subject of athletes and their faith is indeed an interesting topic, with many avenues to be explored at a later date. There just isn't enough space to tackle it here and now.
For me, there's just no use fighting it anymore. I'm on board the Tebow train and I can't wait to see what's around the next corner.
Jim Burton is the Standard-Examiner's sports columnist. He also covers the Utah Jazz and the NBA. He can be reached at 801-625-4265 or at email@example.com. He tweets at http://twitter.com/jmb247