We probably have all heard of current ‘Good Morning America’ contributor and current co-host of SEC Nation., Tim Tebow. He played for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets of the NFL. In addition to his playing activities, he received considerable press attention for both his on and off the field public displays of his Christian religious faith.
During his college football playing days, Tebow starred at QB for the University of Florida Gators, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and appearing on BCS National teams during the 2006 and 2008 seasons. After his college playing days at the University of Florida, he was selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round (25th) of the 2010 NFL draft.
As a member of the Denver Broncos, he started the last three games of his rookie season and became the team's full-time starting quarterback beginning in the sixth game of 2011. The Broncos were 1–4 before he became the starter, but remarkably began winning with Tebow on the field, often times coming from behind late in the fourth quarter.
Lead by Tebow, the Broncos eventually won their first AFC West title and first playoff game since 2005, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime.
You would think that after a pretty successful 2011 season that the Broncos would be satisfied with him as their starting QB, but the Broncos General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations, John Elway had other plans.
Tebow was traded to the New York Jets during the offseason after the Broncos acquired free agent QB and future NFL Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning. He received very little playing time and was released after the Jets picked QB, Geno Smith in the 2013 NFL draft.
After signing a two-year, non-guaranteed contract with New England on June 11, 2013, Tebow was cut from the team prior to the start of the 2013 NFL regular season.
You would think that Tebow would have held a grudge and would become bitter towards the Broncos but he didn't. In fact he was asked to co-host ABC News’ Good Morning America show on January 31, 2014, shortly before Super Bowl XLVIII and was joined on the morning show by Eli Manning, the brother of the man that sent him packing from the Broncos, Peyton Manning! Side note: Remember Peyton Manning was also one of the starting QBs in Super Bowl XLVIII (Denver vs. Seattle)
You would also think by the trading and the eventual release of Tebow from the NFL that this would impact his brand in a negative way, but judging from his most recent employment opportunities, I don’t think that is the case.
In fact just last year Dan Orlando, reporter for the New York Business Journal, posed a question in an April 15 article, ‘Tim Tebow might be the greatest brand in the history of the NFL bench players, but can it last?' My answer then and my answer now is YES!
As a matter of fact future Hall of Famer, cornerback and Denver Broncos’ teammate Champ Bailey told the Denver Post after Tebow’s release that “He was one of my all-time favorite teammates, one of the best teammates I've ever had. Just because of the way he handled everything. It's not easy being him. Still not, obviously. He might not be able to stand back there and throw that ball like some, but he plays with a lot of heart. You can't knock a guy who tries that hard and puts that much into it." Those were very powerful words coming from a possible future Hall of Famer!
Personally, I have always believed when Tebow came out of college that he wasn't the most polished QB coming out, but in my opinion, he had more heart than any on the 2010 NFL draft board.
Honestly with all the negative publicity that the NFL generated this season from the likes of Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, just to name a few; they could use more athlete's like Tim Tebow, Darrell Green, Kurt Warner and the late Reggie White. I am not saying that they were the only athlete's that ever displayed strong character in the NFL, but they represented the few and proud that didn't mind giving credit to the source for such great character!
To me God’s plans for Tim Tebow will be fulfilled, whether he ever plays in the NFL again or not. I will always remember this scripture, Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.
Whatever God has planned for Tim Tebow, no one or nothing will be able to stop his brand from spreading, as long as he stays rooted and grounded in his beliefs!
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