Simply put, Tim Tebow is the most polarizing athlete of my lifetime. Despite never breaking the law, doing anything morally or ethically wrong, or hell, even winning a professional championship, people have stronger opinions on him than anything athlete I can ever remember. You either love or hate him, loathe or appreciate him. He elicits opinion, anger and reverence like no one else; not Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan or Mike Vick, nor mention Ben Roethlisberger, Tiger Woods or Kobe Bryant.
Why? Well, I’m not totally sure, but from the best I can gauge it’s because he doesn’t do things conventionally. Ask most NFL “analysts,” and they’ll tell you a guy can’t be good in the “NATIONAL…FOOTBALL…LEAGUE,” if he can’t throw a frozen rope 40 yards downfield, or he picks up more first downs with his legs than his arm. Forget winning six of seven games, Tim Tebow can’t throw a pretty spiral! The world is coming to an end!!! For some, it doesn’t matter what Tebow does, they'll just never be in his corner. And yes, I’m talking you to Merrill Hoge. You prick.
But thankfully, I’m here. I’m here to peel back the layers of the onion, and help people fully appreciate Tim Tebow. He might not be your conventional signal-caller, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy him.
It’s time to embrace Tim Tebow.
Here are 50 reasons why you should…
1. He makes Skip Bayless act like a kid again.
2. Admit it, your girlfriend/wife (or in some cases both) is much more interested in football since Tebow was named Denver’s starter.
3. He just…wins…football…games.
4. He may have singlehandedly ended the Norv Turner era in San Diego.
5. He’s never once endorsed Uggs.
6. Even at his most annoying, he’s not nearly as bad as Brett Favre.
7. Name me another NFL quarterback who can perform a spot circumcision if necessary?
8. He played in two BCS National Championship Games. Neither one was a rematch.
9. He brought the world this picture.
10. He’s got a cooler beard than Donovan McNabb.
11. I mean come on, have you seen his smile?
12. Or those biceps?
13. It's much more fun aruging about Tebow at the water-cooler than it is Tyler Palko.
14. He saves you time, since you don’t need to watch the first three quarters of Broncos games.
15. He inspires weird tattoos. Really weird tattoos.
16. He’s not Mark Sanchez.
17. You know those awkward shots of John Elway up in the press box? Yeah, well they don’t happen without Tebow.
18. His team isn’t intentionally losing games to try and draft Andrew Luck.
19. Even at his worst, Tebow was never as bad as Curtis Painter.
20. For you gambler’s, Tebow is 6-1 against the spread as a starter this season.
21. He’s going to force Merrill Hoge into an early retirement. The world will be a better place because of it.
22. He’s lefty. That’s kind of cool, I guess.
23. Without him, there’s a chance that John Brantley would’ve actually started more games at Florida, a proposition that is surely terrifying Gator fans right now.
24. For the first time in years, we actually have a reason to pay attention to the AFC West.
25. He’s the only second-year quarterback in NFL history to be judged by the metric of “Well, you can’t win a Super Bowl with him as your quarterback.” Since when is that anyone’s standard their second year in the league?
26. College or pro, he still owns Christian Ponder.
27. After the Jets win, he got major dap from the NFL Network’s Michael Irvin. And hell, if you’re cool with Michael Irvin, you’re cool with me.
28. Without him, Rex Grossman would be the most accomplished former Florida starter now in the NFL.
29. To the best of my knowledge, he doesn’t hang out in Milledgeville, Georgia.
30. He’s cooler than Aaron Rodgers…ok, I take that one back. But have you seen Aaron Rodgers lately? Nobody’s cooler than that guy.
31. He’s about to make Wildcard Weekend about 36,000 times more entertaining than it would’ve been otherwise.
32. Without him, there’s a reasonable chance that your 2011 AFC West Champs would be quarterbacked by Carson Palmer. Yikes.
33. He’s an author. Well, sort of.
34. He’s from Jacksonville, making him the first and only football related thing the city has ever had to be proud of.
35. He’s the first person to make John Fox smile since 1987.
36. Without him, Mike and Mike might be forced to instead talk about baseball.
37. TV networks have turned into the Bloods and Crips fighting over the broadcast rights to his games.
38. “Tebowing” may be lame, but it’s not even close to as stupid as “Planking.”
39. Did I mention he just…wins…football…games?
40. His fourth quarter comeback over the Jets made Rex Ryan lose his appetite. Which is pretty much the first time that's happened ever.
41. He’s never been engaged to Kristin Cavallari.
42. He’s the coolest Filipino born quarterback in modern NFL history.
43. His contract is worth 1/7 the value of Kevin Kolb’s. In other words, you could get seven Tim Tebow’s for the price of one Kevin Kolb. Imagine that?
44. He singlehandedly made Jake Plummer relevant for the first time since before Plummer even retired.
45. He’s brought other players closer to God. No, seriously. I’m not making that up.
46. He brings a new definition to the term “Rocky Mountain High.”
47. Watching him throw makes us all feel like we could’ve been NFL quarterbacks if things had turned out a little bit differently.
48. At the very least, he’s got better hair than Andy Dalton.
49. And Matt Hasselbeck too.
50. He’s 6-1 as a starter, and hasn’t played all that well.
To which I’ve got to ask: If he’s winning games now, imagine what’ll happen as he continues to get better?
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