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Written by Gerry Garrison   
Friday, 16 December 2011 17:25


In This Corner

By Gerry Garrison

It has been awhile since I have written anything for this column.  I have been busy with family and personal issues.  I wanted to make some time, my readers, to an issue that truly bothers me – one that I believe needs to be addressed to all the pundits and supposed sports “experts” who want us all to believe that what they “preach” is gospel when it comes the NFL

Specifically, I am speaking to the undeserving and contemptible scourging that Tim Tebow, the current quarterback for the Denver Broncos has received in past few weeks.  The “mainstream” sports media believe that Tebow doesn’t have what it takes to be a star NFL quarterback.

This is because he is not a “typical” NFL quarterback.  He has a very poor quarterback rating (which is based strictly on passing receipts vs interceptions, yards passed, touchdowns, etc.).  Relying on these statistics, Tebow, the believe, will not last.

Really?  Ask any of the rest of his Denver Broncos teammates. Under Tebow, they are 7-1.  It appears to me, losing is something that is not within the realm of Tim Tebow and his teammates.  The Bronco fans believe Tebow and the Broncos are winners.

Tim Tebow, regardless what the naysayers preach, is the “total package” as an NFL quarterback. He knows how to run; he knows when to handoff, he knows when to pass.  The coaching staff has built the team around him and they have been very successful.

However, I believe Tebow’s dislike by the sports writers and broadcasters go much deeper than that.  The majority of them, like the rest of the mainstream media, is progressive liberals by nature, and like most progressive liberals, has a real problem with Tim and his religious beliefs.

The great thing about Tebow is that he is unafraid to express his Christian faith.  He doesn’t hide it just because someone would be offended by it.  He wears it on his sleeve.  They can’t stand the fact that he is a winner is all respects and takes his religious beliefs very seriously.

Tebow is also very private when it comes to his personal life.  Many may know that he was born in the Philippines and that his birth was somewhat tenuous because of his mother had severe placental abruption.  Doctors even recommended abortion.

But his mother hung in there and gave birth to this future Heisman Trophy winner and current NFL quarter back.  Founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation which was started to bring faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day in the darkest hour of need, his foundation currently supports many orphans in the Philippines.  Many of my readers were probably not aware of this.

O ne of the harshest critics of Tim Tebow is Boomer Esiason, former quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals.  Back in August, Esiason stated, ‘’…he can’t play. He can’t throw….What Josh McDaniels (former Broncos coach), God only knows.  Maybe God does know – because the rest of us don’t.” Nice, very nice, Boomer.

The real truth as to why all the pundits and so call sport writers are upset, came out in late November when former Denver quarterback Jack Plummer came and stated he wished Tebow would tone it down with talking about his religion every time can.  Plummer even stated later that if he “…jump(ed) up after every game  and said…(he) want(ed) to thank and say I love my wife, people would get tired of hearing that.”

So now we know the real problem – mixing Christianity and the NFL.  That is a no, no.  I am sure they are not too happy with his “GB² “on his official website.  GB² stands for God Bless + Go Broncos.  Way to go Tim.  I like it, and so do many of his fans.

The reason the pundits and most sports writers have with Tim is he is not your “typical” NFL player.  He doesn’t cause controversy.  He doesn’t get in peoples face.  He doesn’t kick opposing players when they are down.  He doesn’t argue with coaches or officials.  He plays football because he loves it. 

Tebow gives credit to the Broncos successes in the last 5 weeks to his teammates.  He doesn’t ask his team to do more than he asked.  He defense plays with more tenacity, because they want him and the rest of the offense to be successful. 

Guess what, Boomer – it’s working!  I like the fact that you and the rest of your cohorts can’t get over the fact this is a good quarterback and is the future of the Denver Broncos.  John Elway has had some problems with his play and has stated so.  But they are honest and straight forward criticisms that Tim has taken to heart.

His extraordinary successes only prove to me that political correctness and Christian beliefs have had no affect on Tebow’s beliefs or they way he plays.  He recently stated, “I’ve had a blast living out my dream for the last five weeks.  I will continue to work as hard as I can to make the organization proud.  Every time I step on the field I will give everything I have and I will leave everything I have the thing I have on the field every Sunday.”

Couldn’t have said it better, Tim.  But what do I know.  I am not a sportscaster or sports writer.  Just a person who knows good, God fearing people when I see them.  Just sayin’ … # # #


Last Updated on Friday, 16 December 2011 17:31

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