This is a guest post from Michael Scott, a current freshmen sport management major at Drexel University. You can follow him on twitter @mikeandrewscott or send comments to email@example.com
Urban’s Way tells the story of Urban Meyer’s rise to fame at the University of Florida and his relationship with Tim Tebow. When asked about Tebow, Meyer recollects a moment the two spent in the gym at the university. Tebow asks Meyer what the team record is for leg presses to which Meyer responds 28. Within moments Tebow does 29 leg presses. Tim Tebow is in all sense of the word a competitor.
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With the acquisition of Tim Tebow, the Jets have added not only a “backup quarterback” but a true football player. Number 15 is praised among Gator Nation not for his championships (although two national titles and a Heisman don’t hurt) but for his character. Character which the Jets were lacking in 2011. Between Sanchez’s GQ photo shoots and dates with various supermodels to Holmes’ various antics, the only competition in the locker room seems to be who can attract the most media attention. Now, we can guarantee that Tebow will win that category however, the attention will come from Tebow’s ability to unite a broken Jets team.
For those that believe Tebow was brought in to boost ticket and merchandise sales I say you are correct. A side effect of Tebowmania will be an increase of revenue for the Jets. However, what Jets fans need to realize is that the organization would have brought in revenue with or without Tebow. I believe Tebow was traded for in order to 1)provide a legitimate push for Sanchez and 2)to help the Jets rid themselves of their internal conflicts.
Jets fans have been complaining and asking for a solid #2 quarterback. Although Tebow’s mechanics can’t even be compared to that of Peyton Manning or Drew Brees, Tebow wins games. The intimidation factor that Tebow posses will cause Sanchez to elevate his game because he knows that the bench will be awaiting if he does in fact let Jet Nation down.
People need to move on from Tebowmania and understand that Tebow is now just another quarterback who happens to play for the Jets. Whether we acknowledge it or not Tebow united a Broncos locker room in 2011 and led them to the second round of the playoffs. For a quarterback with a 27.2 QBR, ranked 31st overall (according to ESPN) mechanics have little meaning when the player knows how to win. Most football analysts refuse to give Tim any satisfaction however the bottom line is that Tebow wins. Wins is what the Jets will need in 2012.
To me, Tim Tebow is a hero. Not only was he my favorite college football player of all-time but, he is a proven winner. So Jets Fans I ask you to put aside your hate for Tebow, your hate for the Wildcat, and your hate for this trade. I ask you to consider the person and character that is Tim Tebow and accentuate the positives of what number 15 can do for our Jets. I ask you to believe in Tim Tebow.
Welcome To New York Tim.
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