- 4 years ago
- Wedding: April 2013
I’m sometimes amused and other times disgusted by people who think that Christians are being persecuted in America. They are people who are actually jailed, killed, in places like Iran, China, and North Korea. The most absurd version of this argument is the Tim Tebow one, which is being renewed because some feel Michal Sam(draft pick first out player will be pushing a gay agenda(eye roll) and poor Tim Tebow got abused and punished for being a Christian.
Myth Number ONE: NFL fans hate Tim Tebow because he upstanding fine Christian young man.
FACTS: Tim Tebow isn’t the first nor the only Christian in the NFL. Tons of players point to sky, take a moment of silence and pray on the sidelines, and thank god after they win games. There are a lot of high profile players who are openly Christian(I mean took a look at the interviews on field after the super bowl multiple players thanked god).
Opinion: If I had to guess people dislike Tim Tebow, because of the unwarranted media circus around him, because of overzealous evangelical fan base who know little to nothing about football but are vocal to organizations about hiring him and are taking out billboard and full page ads. To put it nicely Tim Tebow sucks on the football field and if you suck fans aren’t going to be loyal. I personally felt like he was being phony (in actions not in thought I believe he is a Christian) and posturing but that just me. I also think he came off as sanctimonious, not becaue of him but of his fans.
Myth Number Two: Tim Tebow is the only well behaved person in NFL.
Opinion: I actually blame the NFL for this one far too many teams are willing to take on badly behaved criminal players, and if you don’t follow football it’s easy to think that it’s league filled with criminal elements.
Facts: The percentage of criminality in the NFL is actually lower then that for Males in US. The vast majority of NFL players are law abiding citizens who aren’t out there acting like boneheads, the difference between them and Tebow they have the skills to succeed in the NFL. In 2013 about 38 players were arrested, there are about 1,700 players total.
Myth Three: Tim Tebow is being punished and persecuted for being a Christian which is why he doesn’t have a job.
1. Tim Tebow played four years in the NFL. The vast majority of NFL players typically play for between 3-5 years.
2. Tim Tebow couldn’t perform the basic function of a quaterback which is throwing the ball accurately. In fact he is the fourth lowest rated. He also takes longer than the average to release the ball. He is also the second highest sacked quarterback in the league (which if it isn’t improving your throwing is seen as useless and high risk). Not to mention this preseason where rookie and backup quaterbacks get to show off their skills, out of 82 qauterbacks he was ranked last(based on his pass completions which is at 37%)
3. Tim is an athletic guy clearly, but he refused to play any other position but quarterback. Which makes him appears to not be a team player. Given his stats I don’t know any organization that is going to take him even as a backup, particularly because he likes to run and he needs specific kind of offense to back him up and no team in the NFL is going to build an offensive for a guy who most likely would be riding the bench all season.
The moral of the story is Tim Tebow washed out of the NFL like a lot of college stars who were good in college but didn’t have the skills necessary to make a transition to the NFL. If Michal Sam doesn’t make a successful transition he will last the same time or lower. I also feel like he has a lot more hostility from some players, front offices because of his sexual orientation, while Tebow didn’t have that hostility because his religion is actually the norm in the NFL.
Meanwhile because of his high profile, he recently got a job with the ESPN, has a strong fan base, and makes a lot of money off of endorsements that some well know guys in the NFL would kill to have, and that all for being an subpar player, if you ask me he made out like a bandit.