Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tim Tebow Love him or hate him, has made it!

Tim Tebow Love him or hate him, has made it!
By: Jonathan Hood

When I watch Florida QB Tim Tebow, I see the New York Yankees.

I see Duke Basketball.
I see Notre Dame Football.

What does Tebow have in common with all of those teams?


Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t have the emotional energy to rip college athletes, but some do. Some of you would be amazed at the negativity around Tebow and his success with the Florida Gators.

Never mind that Tebow has a plethora of awards and accolades that he’s achieved since playing football including the Davey O’Brien award, AP Player of the Year award, 2 time Maxwell Award as well as a Heisman Trophy winner in 2007.

There are some people that I know that are college football fans that strongly dislike Tim Tebow.

His parents, Bob and Pam Tebow were Christian missionaries and he continues in his parents footsteps as he spent the last three summers before enrolling at the University of Florida in the Philippines, assisting with his father’s orphanage and missionary work.

I would ask those who don’t like Tebow: What’s so wrong with that?

I believe if he doesn’t win another game at Florida or doesn’t win the National Championship for Florida this season, he’s made it. He’s a success! When message boards and talk show hosts belittle Tebow and college football shows that I hear denigrate Tebow that means that he’s already successful before he’s officially finished in college.

Why do some fans hate successful people/teams?

The Yankees are in the number 1 market in MLB. No fandom puts more pressure on the players and management to win like Yankees fans. The Yankees over the years have been very successful. They annually have the highest payroll in MLB. They have the ultimate team leader in Derek Jeter. And they are the richest franchise in baseball. Because of their success, they are known by some as The Evil Empire.
They are also known as successful.

Duke Basketball- Head coach Mike Krzyzewski leads one the most hated teams nationally in college basketball. Coach K has a 760-215 record with the Blue Devils. Nobody has won more games in the NCAA Tournament than his teams. (71)
Yet, fans dislike him or his team because of the success they have enjoyed.

Notre Dame Football- The Irish have fallen on hard times as of late. The history of Notre Dame football cannot be disputed. ND have won 11 NCAA football championships, over 800 all time wins and 7 Heisman Trophy winners. Why do people dislike Notre Dame? It’s because of their rich tradition of winning football in the not to distant past.

I don’t know why fans take time out to hate an athlete or a team. Tebow and Florida is a compelling story. I root for interesting.

I believe Tebow is good for college football. He is a leader on his team and from afar he seems like a leader to help people.

Congratulations Tim, some people root against you! You’re a success!

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