Tim Tebow has again taken center stage on social media for religious beliefs as a particular tweet of his gained a lot of traction from loyal followers of the former NFL quarterback.
The former Denver Broncos signal caller may not be playing the in the NFL anymore, but his activity off the field continues to inspire his fans.
It was a recent bible quote that Tebow posted on Twitter that got his avid fans even more enamoured with the QB.
Tebow tweeted John 13:34, writing: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
The recent Bible quote tweeted by former NFL quarterback Tebow has had numerous responses on the social media network, with many of his Twitter followers praising the athlete for sharing such inspirational quotes and testimony of faith.
Most of Tebow’s Twitter updates gain a positive responses, but this message has been retweeted over 2,850 times and “favorited” by over 4,300 people.
Fans responded including, Denny Collins, who said: “Thank you @TimTebow for living a life that magnifies Christ and His love for us. Your witness and testimony have reached many!”
James Webb also wrote “Thanks Tim! Good luck with spreading the word! #saved,” while another Twitter user going by the name Hannah responded: “@TimTebow I love that you love God and still stay in the spotlight! I would die to meet you.”
A recent Bible quote tweeted by former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has numerous responses on the social media network, with many viewers thanking the athlete for sharing such an inspirational quote and testimony to his Christian faith.
Although Tebow’s Twitter updates usually gain a positive response, the post he wrote on Sunday afternoon was especially inspirational to many. Tebow tweeted John 13:34, writing: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” The message was retweeted over 2,700 times and “favorited” by over 4,000 people.
The responses to Tebow’s tweet were bursting with testimony and positivity. One person, Denny Collins, responded to the tweet by writing: “Thank you @TimTebow for living a life that magnifies Christ and His love for us. Your witness and testimony have reached many!”
Another person, James Webb, wrote “Thanks Tim! Good luck with spreading the word! #saved,” while another Twitter user going by the name Hannah responded: “@TimTebow I love that you love God and still stay in the spotlight! I would die to meet you.”
“Have always admired how you use your status to share God’s word. Keep it up man! We need more people like you in this country!” wrote Travis Dees, while Anna Dean wrote: “Favorite new person I’m following on Twitter who has awesome tweets @TimTebow #love4Christ.”
Tebow, who formerly served as quarterback for the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets, has made a name for himself both in the athletic world and pop culture as being a positive person unafraid of expressing his evangelical beliefs. He often tweets Bible verses or inspirational quotes from public figures such as Jackie Robinson, and his tweets are typically received with positive responses.
The former NFL quarterback has also shown he can have a likeable television personality, as seen through his recent T-Mobile commercials that aired during the Super Bowl, where he wore a variety of costumes and acted out comical situations for the one-minute spots. Additionally, Tebow recently picked up a job as a college football analyst for the ESPN network. The quarterback has vowed to carry his positive attitude into his new opportunity, saying that he can offer in-depth analysis while maintaining a civil and positive tone.
“I would love to continue to be someone that is positive but also be someone that is objective,” Tebow told reporters earlier in 2014.
“I have never had a hard time saying what I believe or standing up for something, and hopefully, I can continue to be that same person as an analyst and sharing what I believe about players, about teams, about games.”
Today marks the beginning of our countdown of the Top 20 Most Memorable Patriots Moments of 2013. As I mentioned last week, this was a really hard year to narrow this list down to just 20 moments. So much happened, not only game to game, but play to play, both off the field and on, that it was all but impossible to isolate single events or signature plays while excluding others. So you’ll notice, as the list goes on, that I decided to lump certain moments together in order for this list to truly reflect the 2013 season as a whole. The whole point of this list is to try and take 20 major events that helped to shape this past year, and in order to do that I took a few liberties by exactly how I defined the word “moment.”
But not number 20, though. My number 20 Most Memorable Patriots Moment of 2013 was a singular event that doesn’t happen to often around Patriots Nation, both because it involved a big name and because it was a move that a lot of people saw coming.
When the Denver Broncos released Tim Tebow and signed Peyton Manning, the entire football world exploded. In addition to the usual Manning love fest, this time with the added John Elway pairing, the question on everybody’s mind was what was to become of one of the most polarizing players the league had ever seen. The answer to that question wasn’t long in coming, as Tebow signed with the New York Jets not long after and spent the year wallowing in an absolute circus of mediocrity and media hype that represented what was probably one of the worst possible career moves he could have made. Nothing went right for Tebow in New York, partly because nothing went right for the Jets, and when he was released at the beginning of the 2013 offseason the sense of relief was palpable.
Once Tebow did hit the open market, however, questions once again abounded with what was next for him. Was he done in the NFL? Would another team take a flyer on him? Was he destined for the Arena League? Where would he end up? And of course, the one name that seemed to be on everyone’s lips was the New England Patriots.
Tim Tebow to the Patriots was, for a time, a rumor almost as heavily circulated as Larry Fitzgerald to the Patriots was. In the absolute onslaught of “where will Tebow land?” articles, discussions, and rap sessions, New England almost always came up as an ideal landing spot for the enigmatic quarterback. On paper, the move made all the sense in the world; the team only had two quarterbacks, the Josh McDaniels connection was strong, Tebow needed a place where would be out of the public eye, Bill Belichick was known for taking gambles on players in the past, and if anybody in the NFL was going to get the most out of Tebow, it was Billy B. Of course, rarely if ever do the Patriots sign a player that the media is saying would be a good fit for the team, so once the Tebow-to-Patriots hype reached levels of overflowing, most of us figured that was the end of that.
So when the team officially announced the Tebow signing on June 11th of last year, there was quite a bit of surprise around Patriots Nation. Did Bill Belichick just make a roster move that some people saw coming? Did members of the media just predict something that Bill Belichick would do?
In terms of fan reaction, the Tebow signing was something of a mixed bag. There were still some who were shocked by the move, and the Patriots haters certainly found ways to spin the signing into a negative, but for the most part, there was a lot of excitement surrounding the signing. After all, the bottom line was that Tebow was a phenomenal athlete, a good football player, and had taken the Denver Broncos as deep into the playoffs as Peyton Manning did. Plus, Tebow was a great locker room presence, team-first guy, and extremely hard worker. Bringing Tebow on board to give him a shot to both contribute to the team and get his career on track away from the prying eyes of the world made perfect sense.
Almost immediately, the speculation began. How would Belichick and McDaniels use Tebow? Would they develop an offensive package just for him? Will Tom Brady take kindly to being taken off the field for a few snaps per game? Will Belichick try Tebow at other positions? Fullback? Tight end? Punt protector? Holder? There was at least one nutjob who devoted an entire article to the various places on the field where Tebow could line up. There hadn’t been this much excitement surrounding four meaningless games in August since 2007 just before we all learned that Randy Moss was nursing a hamstring injury and wouldn’t see the field until September.
Tebow made his Patriots debut against the Philadelphia Eagles on August 9th, coming on for an injured Ryan Mallett in the second quarter. He would play the rest of the game, a 31-22 New England victory, where he would finish four out of twelve for 55 yards to go along with 31 rushing yards on four carries. His next outing saw a significant regression in his numbers, as Tebow went one out of seven for -1 yards and a pick against the Buccaneers. He didn’t see the field at all during Detroit’s preseason Week 3 Super Bowl, and went six for eleven for 91 yards, two TDs, and an interception against the New York Giants. His final stat line for the preseason was 11 for 30 for 145 yards, two TDs, and two picks.
There were many who felt that Tebow showed enough during the final week of preseason, as he was able to engineer a comeback and flashed his potential and athleticism against the Giants, but ultimately the Patriots released Tebow on August 31st as they trimmed the roster down to the final 53. Yes, he flashed at times, but that -1 yard day against Tampa Bay speaks for itself. Week 2 and Week 4 of the preseason are Tim Tebow’s career in a nutshell.
No, Tim Tebow didn’t work out. And no, his signing didn’t really have any impact on New England’s 2013 season as a whole. But it was a lot of fun to watch, wasn’t it? Plus, it added an exciting new wrinkle to a preseason which usually consists of sitting around waiting impatiently for the real season to start. And because of that, Tebow makes one final roster: an Alec Shane countdown list. Can’t ask for much more than that.
The NFL calendar has been flipped to the dawn of a new year, and that leaves many players (free agents) without jobs—temporarily—and opens the door for rookies to realize their NFL dreams. But there is one free agent who is still looking to achieve his goals: Tim Tebow.
The most polarizing name in the sports journalism business.
Does Tim Tebow deserve a chance as an NFL QB?
What is in store for Tebow before the 2014 NFL season starts up? There’s one thing we know for sure: We’ll be seeing plenty of him on television.
Tebow joined ESPN as an analyst for the SEC Network, with his main responsibilities being SEC Nation—a traveling pregame show that will debut in Columbia, S.C. on Aug. 28 before Texas A&M takes on South Carolina.
Here is his ESPN debut in the pregame coverage of the last BCS National Championship Game—something he knows a little bit about:
This new job might bring joy to Tebow haters and despair to Tebow lovers, as it should signal the end of the Florida product’s NFL career. But not so fast. Tebow was very clear that he still wants to pursue his professional dreams, according to a statement he released through ESPN:
I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity. When I was 6 years old, I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.
Tebow still wants to play football in addition to covering it—the gridiron equivalent of having your cake and shoveling it down your gullet too.
Eric Allen is a man who has experienced both sides of that particular coin—though not at the same time—and he doesn’t think it’s realistic for Tebow to truly be prepared for an NFL team while gallivanting across the nation and participating in ESPN-sponsored tailgating events.
Nevertheless, Tebow has never been one to do things conventionally, and he is very serious about getting another shot in the NFL.
Whatever your feelings are on Tebow as an NFL prospect, you can’t help but marvel at his work ethic and drive, as he refuses to let go of his dream.
Unfortunately, all his hard work will be for naught.
The former Heisman winner will be 27 years old by the time the 2014 NFL season kicks off, so he’ll need to demonstrate serious progression in his mechanics and accuracy to pique the interest of an organization. Furthermore, QB-needy teams will have the chance to look to the draft to address their hole at the position. On the other hand, the 2014 quarterback class isn’t very deep, with only a few players who could start from day one:
2014 QB-Needy Teams and Prospects
New York Jets
With as many as seven NFL teams definitely looking for a new quarterback (to provide competition, at the very least), there will be a market for NFL-caliber passers.
It’s easy to forget, as the end of bowl season transitions so neatly into the meat of the recruiting cycle, then swiftly into the NFL Combine and draft, that we just had to say goodbye to some of the greatest college football players of our time.
But of all the departed superstars, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron sticks out as a special case, especially since his NFL prospects are mired in such heated debate.
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Some think he’s the consummate winner and a model of consistency realized; others think he’s the consummate game manager and a model of adequacy rewarded.
Say what you will, though: No one can deny McCarron’s impact on the SEC and the college football landscape as a whole these past three seasons.
So why not compare him with another future College Football Hall of Famer whose NFL prospects (and legacy) spark heated debate?
Which player really had the better college career?
McCarron and Tebow both won two national championships as active college players, though McCarron added a third as a redshirt freshman on the 2009 team that was quarterbacked by Greg McElroy.
Tebow, it should also be added, was only the starting quarterback in one of his two victories. Chris Leak was the primary quarterback on Florida’s 2006 national title-winning team, though Tebow did play a big role coming off the bench in goal-line and short-yardage situations.
Against Ohio State in the BCS National Championship, Tebow had two touchdowns—one passing, one rushing—which arguably made him more important to his team’s first title than McCarron was to his own, despite the fact that McCarron was a starter.
Alabama won that game 21-0 against LSU, which didn’t even cross midfield until there were eight minutes left in the game.
Calling those championships a relative wash, with a slight advantage for McCarron, let’s dig a little deeper into team success during each QB’s tenure:
McCarron vs. Tebow: Team Success
Career Record in Games Appeared
Career Record as Starter
Record vs. Ranked Teams (as Starter)
Record vs. Unranked Teams (as Starter)
Longest Winning Streak (as Starter)
Source: ESPN.com / Sports-Reference.com
McCarron wins overall team success on top of championships, especially given his perfect 23-0 record against unranked opponents.
Some would call that “beating up on the inferior,” but there’s something to be said for never losing against worse teams. Tebow’s Gators couldn’t do it in 2007, falling to unranked Auburn, or in 2008 when it famously lost to Ole Miss.
McCarron had to face a harder schedule, too.
The SEC wasn’t The SEC during Tebow’s time in Gainesville, only showing seedlings of the dominant conference it would become.
McCarron thus had to play five more games against ranked competition, and he still came out with the better overall record.
There’s no need to waste much time on this one; statistically, the difference between Tebow and McCarron is catastrophic.
If you thought this would be a one-sided race after the “team” section, you’d best reconsider.
McCarron vs. Tebow: Career Stats
Yards Per Carry
On pure passing numbers, Tebow and McCarron had relatively similar careers. Tebow was a little bit better, but not by much.
Obviously, though, you can’t assess Tebow without mention of his rushing stats, which might be even more important since he was always more of a quarterback-fullback hybrid than a pure, traditional passer.
Next to McCarron’s rushing stats, which skew into the negative because college football counts sacks as rushes for loss, the debate becomes lopsided.
Then there’s the matter of accolade. Tebow won a Heisman Trophy in 2007 and nearly won a second in 2008.
McCarron won a Maxwell (that he probably didn’t deserve) in 2013, but next to Tebow’s trophy collection—which also includes two Maxwells along with a Davey O’Brien, an AP Player of the Year Award and a Campbell Trophy (the “Academic Heisman”)—that is a feat that barely registers.
Tebow put up better numbers than McCarron across the board. For that, he received more personal acclaim.
This is a pretty easy choice.
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There’s a small disconnect between the two sections above; one which calls Tebow’s stats into question next to McCarron’s, despite the magnitude of his superiority.
Did you catch it?
As stated in the “team” section, Tebow didn’t play in the same SEC as McCarron. You could argue that the modern SEC—the undisputed paragon of college football—exists in large part because of Tebow’s Gators in the middle part of last decade, and you’d probably be right. But Tebow still didn’t have to play against it.
That calls some of Tebow’s numbers into question. Yes, he was a slightly better passer than McCarron on paper, but did that have to do with the quality of all the unranked defenses he faced?
As with my comparison between McCarron and Aaron Murray last month, let’s look at how each player fared throwing the football (as a starting quarterback) against differently ranked pass defenses, according to the Football Outsiders S&P ratings:
McCarron vs. Tebow: Rating vs. Pass Defense (vs. FBS teams)
McCarron Rating (Games)
Tebow Rating (Games)
Ranked 81 or Higher
Source: Sports-Reference / Football Outsiders
So much for that theory.
Even though McCarron played more “ranked” teams than Tebow, Tebow played more highly-ranked pass defenses. As stated earlier: The SEC was a different conference during Tebow’s day.
Defense used to be its primary calling card.
Despite the era and better quality of the defenses he faced, Tebow actually stepped up his passing game whenever he faced superior competition—much more than McCarron ever did. And these numbers don’t even account for his rushing, which shine an even more favorable light on how he performed.
The other piece of context is supporting cast. Some might argue, for example, that Tebow should be docked because he played with Percy Harvin, Riley Cooper and Aaron Hernandez, all of whom went on to successful careers (when they were on the field) at the NFL level.
The logic there is sound but I don’t think it can be taken all that seriously. McCarron had Amari Cooper—who could well go on to a better NFL career than his namesake, Riley—and a deep stable of pass-catchers his final two seasons in Tuscaloosa. Who’s to say what their NFL futures might hold?
McCarron also had the benefit of NFL-caliber running backs—always plural, never singular—lining behind him. Defenses bit hard when Alabama ran play action, opening up throwing windows for McCarron that most quarterbacks don’t get to enjoy.
There’s no good way to quantify it, but the supporting cast thing seems like it’s close to a wash. Maybe it’s slightly in Florida’s favor but not enough to skew the drastic difference in numbers between Tebow and McCarron.
By that token, it is definitely fair to take something away from Tebow’s superior stat totals.
Once put in context, they actually look better instead of worse.
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McCarron has three rings to Tebow’s two and two as a starter to Tebow’s one.
But championships won—blasphemous as it may sound—is one of the most overrated metrics in football. Not because it doesn’t matter, but simply because it leads to the most fallacious conclusions.
You’ll never win arguing that Eli Manning is better than Aaron Rodgers. You’ll never win arguing that Trent Dilfer was better than Dan Marino. Most great quarterbacks win championships and most championships are won by great quarterbacks.
But it’s not an absolute science.
Therefore, even the slight advantage McCarron has in championships isn’t enough to power him over Tebow, whose statistical dominance and Heisman Trophy are decisive factors in this argument.
Who Had the Better College Career?
You can’t go wrong picking either guy. Both will be remembered long after their playing days are nigh (which Tebow’s already are). Both will be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, or at least they will be if there’s any justice in the selection process.
But despite his well-documented failings at the professional level, there’s a reason Tebow is remembered so fondly by college types.