Tebology: How I Became a Tebow FanDecember 14, 2011
I can say that previous to this six game winning streak I hated Tim Tebow with every ounce of my being. I hated him at Florida with his, in my opinion, self serving christian bullshit. I myself am a christian but i hated how it was personified as who he was as a football player. I hated that the University of Florida emblazoned his speech at the swamp forever before he even left the podium. The hate grew exponentially when he led his Gators to a victory over my Sooners in the national championship game.
It seemed like everything he did was viewed as perfect in the media and more importantly the nations eyes. His eye black even pissed me off! However, after college life things got rough for Tebow and I loved every minute of it. What I didn’t know at the time was this would be the start of me becoming a fan of Tebow but lets rewind back to his draft days. I was filled with glee when he had to try to revamp his entire throwing motion and slid down draft boards like a stripper down a pole. I loved every H-back reference and how he might be a better fullback in the NFL. I wanted to see him not only fail but do so without ever getting a snap as an NFL quarterback.
Fast forward to this season. I took little interest as the star began to rise in Denver I prepared to enjoy watching Tebow fail!! Yet, I noticed something I could not ignore for the first time, the media was hating on Tebow. His own coach basically said he could not run a conventional offense. I thought to myself around week two of the winning streak “Why they hating on him? I still want him to fail though!” Tebow kept winning and it occurred to me around last week sometime “The slander will not stop, ever! You have to root for a guy that keeps a positive attitude and is a winner!” I then had to question myself. Ive always believed in the power of positive energy and what great things always come with it. How could I root against a guy who exudes this, even though I still don’t like him! I came clean to myself “FUCK IT, I’m a fan!”
Once I came clean to myself I could digest what I had watched for the last 7 weeks from an unbiased perspective. If you believe, truly believe in what your doing and keep a positive attitude great things will happen every time. Overtime after overtime, last minute drive after 59 yard field goal the belief that good was going to happen prevailed. The golden messiah from the swamp had even turned his biggest hater, even though I didn’t realize it, into a big fan. I don’t care if Tim Tebow never wins another game in the NFL I respect him now more than ever before. I don’t particularly care about the religious aspect of what he is doing but I respect it. I think it is integral in why he has the perspective he has and why he believes he will succeed no matter how ugly the product is at times.
I think his humility and how he is always focused on success, is something that every person in the country should emulate on some level. For me its not so much about football as a life lesson that if ” you believe, have faith, IGNORE YOUR HATERS, and STAY POSITIVE anything is possible. I thank you Timothy, for so pleasantly reminding me of this life lesson. Sometimes the unconventional method may be the only path to success. I hope we all take this away from what has been a remarkable run in Denver.