Here in Colorado, there is enough speculation about Tim Tebow to nauseate even the most avid fans. Sometimes, the hype simply ruins the enjoyment of watching the game. Sports writers and announcers scrutinize the players they do not like and laud those they do like. If they aren’t drooling over Tom Brady, they’re wetting themselves over Peyton Manning. Unquestionably, superb quarterbacks, but on occasion I’ve wondered if certain announcers would be proposing marriage during half time.
At this point, I’m not sure if I want the announcers to like Tim Tebow or not. If they do, they won’t be able to shut-up about him, and if they don’t, he won’t be able to catch a break. I must admit I watched only minutes of actual games or highlight footage when Tebow played college football. I’m not a big college football fan (exciting to watch, but the politics kill it for me). And as many have already pointed out, not all college stars make it in the NFL.
Last night, it was obvious that Tebow brings an element of excitement to the game—not because of the media deluge, but because he is a gifted athlete who loves to compete. As a Bronco fan, it will be interesting to see him develop as a professional and in his role on the team. It is evident he has the will to win and leadership qualities that are necessary components of great players. These are intangibles that cannot be measured in stats alone.
Another crucial component for players to be great is other great players. Emmitt Smith got it right in his Hall of Fame induction speech when he said to Daryl Johnston, “Without you, without you, I know today would not have been possible.” Hopefully, the Broncos can develop a supporting cast for Orton and eventually, Tebow, or it will matter not. Adding Tebow to the roster was, in my opinion, a step in the right direction. As for the announcers, unselfishly, I will hope they like him. That way, he won’t have to be endlessly over-analyzed, and when I’ve had enough of their slobbering over him, I have a mute button.