Now that the football season is over and people have started coming back to church on Sunday, it's time to ponder one of the most controversial quarterbacks in recent history.
Everyone knows who this man is. Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos has not only become an NFL quarterback, he has won a playoff game, proved critics wrong, and also created his own pose -- "Tebowing" -- that has become a national phenomenon among sports fans.
While watching Tebow during the Broncos' pathetic loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at the end of the season and then against the AFC champion New England Patriots, I found myself wondering how on earth this man could have won the Heisman Trophy -- which goes to the most superior college football player in the country -- and yet be on the field right now reminding me of the quarterback on the team's practice squad. It seemed to me that Tebow was not a quarterback, but rather a player who could throw the football slightly better than the linemen blocking for him. He overthrew receivers left and right and showed the footwork of a toddler trying to get away from the clowns at the circus.
According to Whitney Blaine, a recruiting reporter at Scout.com, a good quarterback is something very complicated. "It can be easy to learn a sprint out, even easier to master a spiral," she says. "But the basics -- aspects like a solid frame, good footwork and a strong work ethic -- aren't what make a quarterback stand out." She goes on to say that it's the intangibles that make a quarterback great.
Any old Joe can take a ball and throw it 50 yards. What every quarterback needs is the will to win. He has to be willing to sacrifice his body on every snap. The great quarterback is the one who is willing to put his career on the line every time he steps back in the pocket.
Despite the fact that sometimes Tebow can't throw properly or accurately, the one thing he has is the will to win -- and he is willing to do anything to win. For instance: The Broncos have the ball, 4th and long, and are trailing by three possessions late in the game. Tebow steps back into the pocket; immediately the opposing team comes with a heavy blitz.
Rather than take the sack and walk away, Tebow scrambles backward and avoids the first rush of defenders. He then calls on his teammates to try and set blocks while he tries to throw the ball to an open receiver. However, the rush is too strong and Tebow is smacked to the turf. He loses a ghastly 31 yards on the play and gives the opposing team great field position in what would be a blowout victory for them.
When watching the play unfold, I wondered, "Why didn't he just throw the ball away?" But Tim Tebow was trying to win a football game. When you try to win a game, sometimes things collapse and you fall short; very short.
People have their opinions on Tebow, positive and negative. My opinion is that he just may be one of the worst quarterbacks to ever lead a team with a previous season record of 4-12 to the playoffs, but even the greatest quarterbacks haven't managed to lead a team from mediocrity to the playoffs in one season. Sure he doesn't have the best throwing motion, but if "it ain't broke don't fix it."
Tebow may never make it to the Hall of Fame, but he will be successful in the NFL because he has the work ethic and desire to do it. You can love him or you can hate him, but love or hate, this guy is a competitor.
Riley Wheeler is a junior at Fremont High School. Contact him at email@example.com.