The Tim Tebow Conspiracy

Tim Tebow is one of my favorite public personalities. He certainly stands out in the world of professional sports, among all the arrogant, criminally prone athletes. This week, Tebow made the news again, when the Philadelphia Eagles signed him to a contract. Expect a lot of media coverage, virtually all of it ridiculing both Tebow and the Eagles for signing him.

I have been following sports for about fifty years, since I was a very young child. I have never seen any athlete, at any level, be as hated and ridiculed as Tim Tebow. What’s truly remarkable is that all this hatred, all this vitriol, has been directed at a fantastically successful athlete. Tebow is arguably the greatest college football player of all time. He won the Heisman Trophy, and two national championships. When Tebow retired, he left as the SEC’s all-time leader in passing efficiency and career rushing touchdowns. In fact, Tebow ranks second all-time in NCAA passing efficiency. His completion percentage as a senior was over 70 percent.

Despite Tebow’s astonishing accuracy as a passer in college, against countless future NFL defenders, he has been ridiculed, time and time again, for his “inaccuracy.” Another absurd criticism of Tebow is that he lacks arm strength and cannot throw down field. Unfortunately, the statistics contradict this as well; Tebow is ranked third in NCAA history in yards per attempt (9.33). Yet because of this persistent refrain, Tebow tinkered with his wildly successful throwing motion, and his accuracy in the NFL suffered as a result.

In Tebow’s first NFL start, he had a 40 yard touchdown run. Somehow, this escaped the notice of the “journalists” who had been loudly proclaiming that the Broncos had wasted a first round pick on him. He started the last three games of the 2010 season, and posted a higher QB rating than Kyle Orton would for the first three games of the 2011 season, after being inexplicably handed the starting job over him. Tebow flashed great potential during those first three games, yet again it went unnoticed. Tebow became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for a touchdown in his first three starts.

The real anti-Tebow firestorm started prior to the 2011 season, when fans logically expected last year’s promising rookie, perhaps the SEC’s greatest all-time player, to be anointed the starter. Instead, journeyman Orton was handed the job by new coach John Fox, clearly at the behest of new Bronco honcho John Elway, who consistently referred to Tebow derisively as “Timmy.” Never had sports fans seen so many “experts” on television and in the print media angrily shout “he can’t throw!” and “he can’t play!”

Despite being saddled with a prehistoric offense that only permitted him to throw in the most obvious passing situations (which largely explained his low completion percentage), Tebow defied his coach and general manager and reeled off a series of improbable, fantastic victories, eventually leading the Broncos to the playoffs. It was illuminating to watch Elway in particular fume on the sidelines and in his sky suite, over Tebow winning. Never has an executive in any professional sport rooted so openly against one of his players. Clearly, Elway and Fox thought that if they forced Tebow to run a 1930s-style cloud of dust offense, he would quickly fail and the fans would stop demanding that he be allowed to play. Their strategy backfired.

During Denver’s 2011 winning streak, fueled by Tebow’s fourth quarter magic, the media grew apoplectic in their furor against him. Merrill Hoge in particular was full of pure hatred for the openly Christian, devoutly humble young quarterback. At one point, a frustrated Hoge called the sincere Tebow “as phony as a three dollar bill.” Never had any alleged reporters so openly rooted against a player. On the contrary, ESPN and other sports networks have long served as a public relations arm of the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, etc. If anything, they have consistently overrated the abilities of athletes, especially ones as accomplished as Tim Tebow. Hoge and other journalists even started blasting Tebow’s practice performances, something unheard of in the world of sports.

Despite the efforts of Hoge and most every other sports journalist, Tebow remained very popular with a large segment of fans. Even before he started an NFL game, Tebow led the league in jersey sales. After leading the Broncos to the playoffs, Tebow capped off a miraculous season with a long touchdown pass in overtime, upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers. While the Broncos lost the following week. it would be Tebow’s last start in the NFL (at least for now). Tebow became, in fact, only the second quarterback in NFL history to win a playoff game as a starter, and never start another game (while not retiring and remaining active as a player). That could still (hopefully) change, of course. But for now, Tebow stands alone as a supremely successful quarterback who was then summarily dismissed by the entire league.

John Elway managed to lure the great Peyton Manning to Denver for the 2012 season. Manning was just about the only quarterback who could have made Broncos fans forget Tim Tebow, or forgive Elway for kicking him to the curb. Tebow wound up with the New York Jets, coached by neanderthal defensive specialist Rex Ryan. Led by Merrill Hoge, Tebow was trashed by anonymous leaks that claimed his teammates thought he was a “terrible” quarterback. Ryan humiliated Tebow by installing him as a punt protector on special teams, a position no quarterback had ever played before, or is likely to play again. The final indignity came when starter Mark Sanchez was injured, and Ryan refused to start Tebow, preferring instead to go with third stringer, Greg McElroy. The Jets treated Tebow in a manner that is impossible to explain. It’s almost as if they wanted to create a buffoon for the public.

In a league littered with mediocre talent, including mediocre quarterbacks, no one was interested in signing Tim Tebow after the Patriots cut him during the 2013 preseason. Now, at long last, renegade spirit Chip Kelly has acquired him for the Philadelphia Eagles. Will Tebow actually be given a legitimate chance to play? That remains to be seen. One thing is certain; Merrill Hoge and the other myriad of “journalists” who despise Tim Tebow will be out in full force, looking to undermine his chances at every turn.

In an honest sports world, a man like Tim Tebow would be revered, a highly sought after commodity for his box office appeal alone, not to mention his winning record, slew of intangibles and positive locker room presence. Instead, he has turned out to be a pariah; spurned by the NFL as if he were a crucifix trying to enter a den of vampires. And despite all the negative energy directed at him, Tebow has remained upbeat and civil. He politely thanked the Broncos after they traded him to the Jets, for instance, and issued a gracious comment about how he understood a team wanting to sign a legendary player like Peyton Manning.

Tebow has been viciously attacked over his religion, his public vow of celibacy, and his humble nature. In a corrupt society like ours, it is indeed difficult to believe that someone like Tim Tebow is “real.” Surely, most of us think, this must be an act. Tebow must be as “phony” as Merrill Hoge believes he is. There is no logical reason to assume this. Unlike so many NFL players, Tebow has been an exemplary citizen, unlikely to ever be accused of sexual assault, drunk driving, or any of the other sundry of offenses that so many other players, all of them welcomed back with open arms by the league, have been charged with.

The NFL, and the sports “journalism” community in particular, has engaged in an obvious conspiracy to keep Tim Tebow from doing what he does better than most of the players who play his position in the league. The idea that he isn’t good enough to start in this watered-down league is ridiculous. Along with millions of other fans, and virtually no “expert” journalists, I will be rooting as hard as I can for him to shut them all up and succeed with the Eagles.

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About donaldjeffries

Author of the best seller "Hidden History: An Expose of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover-Ups in American Politics," published in November 2014 by Skyhorse Publishing. Author of the 2007 sci-fi/fantasy novel "The Unreals," which has been described as a cross between The Wizard of Oz and The Twilight Zone, and compared to A Confederacy of Dunces and classic Russian literature. A second edition of "The Unreals" was published in February 2015 by Pocol Press. Long time JFK assassination researcher. Marketing more fiction and nonfiction, including a book about bullying and the social hierarchy, and a book about the Natalee Holloway case.

Posted on April 25, 2015, in Sports and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Good to finally see someone say this! Exactly what I was thinking a couple of years ago when he got them in the playoffs (and beat my Steelers!). And I’m not religious at all, so I’m not interested in protecting a fellow Christian from bigotry or anything (although I do think he’s facing it). I think the NFL “analysts” hate to see a player prove them wrong, especially one as high-profile as Tebow. I hope he succeeds in Philadelphia. I’ve never seen a player in any sport get less credit for leading his team to a series of victories and a playoff appearance. He actually made journalists furious for helping his team win – an unprecedented situation, as far as I know.

  2. Thanks- someone needed to say it. Tebow is a fine young man who is being unfairly discriminated against by a corrupt league.

  3. If Tebow is the most maligned NFL player of all time, Joe Flacco holds the record for second place. Thanks for this. I wish Tim all the success. He proved that even God hates the Steelers. 🙂

  4. At this point, I think Johnny Manziel may already be the second most hated player. He’s already been declared a “bust” after SIX quarters of play. He’s been maligned as some sort of criminal, when he’s never been charged with a crime, and likes to party no more than any other young football player. And who else is sent to rehab for being basically a weekend drinker? By this standard, the vast majority of twenty-something single males ought to be in rehab. And yes, the same people who hate Tebow hate him, especially Merrill Hoge.

    • Manziel is Jewish and was immediately a ‘star’ in the media before he was even drafted. He’s a drunk and the son of a billionaire oil man. None of this was made public. Tebow is the complete opposite and crucified for it.

  5. Johnny wasn’t “sent” to rehab by anybody. He went of his own volition, and after coming to understand that his relationship with recreational drugs was NOT like that of :any other young football player” his desire to intoxicate NOT like any other “weekend drinker.” His engagement with drugs, to the contrary, was shown to be addictive, and problematic based upon certain truths that have come out about that engagement from as early as high school.I’m thrilled he got the help he so clearly needs, and believe it bodes well for his future in the NFL if he sticks with it. If he goes back to the recreational drugs, he’ll wash out of the league in no time, such are the real problems he has with them.

  6. By the way, I couldn’t agree more that Tebow has been unfairly vilified in recent years. As for his throwing ability, the questions about that were floating early in his college career, and the NFL requires a much stronger, accurate arm than the one that Tebow displayed in college. That “third” in yards per attempt seems like a fairly meaningless number (Florida attempted few passes, preferring to run, and defenses were always keying on the run which made the passes that Tebow did mix in more likely to succeed), however, Tebow dinked, and dunked in college, and did that jump pass for a few yards up the middle that always seemed to confuse the college kids… he never displayed an NFL caliber arm while in college. I’d still love to see sombody give him a shot in an offenese geared around him. Guy’s a flat out winner, partially because he puts the greatest winner of all time first (that’s our Lord God).

  7. What a wonderful article. Kudos to you! “Crucifix in a locker room of vampires”, a most clever and telling quote. I hope he makes the Eagles. Shame on all those in the league and media that speak with contempt for this bright shining example of what America should admire and revere in a role model.

    • Thanks. I watched much of his performance tonight and thought he looked very good. But the talking heads were again venomous in their hatred for Tebow. Brian Billick refused to give him any credit and parroted the lame mantra that “he just can’t play in the NFL.” Heath Evans, who has spewed vitriol towards Tebow every time his name is mentioned, to no one’s surprise agreed.

      I hope Chip Kelly has the courage to keep Tim Tebow on his roster, and better yet actually utilize his unique skill set. Once thing is certain; everyone at ESPN and the NFL Network is rooting hard for Matt Barkley to beat him out.

  8. We should beat those sell out bastard journalists out

  9. Well, after trading Matt Barkley, which was seemingly a clear message that they were keeping Tebow, the Eagles cut him anyhow. This is absolutely criminal. After the Barkley trade was announced, the msm refused to believe the Eagles were keeping Tebow, and started a ridiculous mantra about no team keeping 3 QBs. Evidently, they forgot that the Eagles themselves kept 3 QBs all last season. It was as if they were simply not going to accept Tebow being back in the league. As usual, they got their wish.

    The NFL is a corrupt, criminal organization. They either really increased the pressure on Chip Kelly to cut Tebow, or the entire thing was just another charade. Regardless, the idea that a Tyrod Taylor, or a Brian Hoyer, or a Ryan Fitzpatrick, are starting QB material, but the greatest college football player of all time is not even capable of being a 3rd stringer, should insult the intelligence of every knowledgeable football fan.

    I wish Tim Tebow all the best. It’s crystal clear that the powers that be have decreed he will never be permitted to play in the NFL again. That says a lot more about the odious NFL than it does about Tim Tebow. He is someone they don’t deserve.

  10. Hilarious! All this lengthy comments and the, while thoughtful, ultimately bogus article. He’s just garbage. It has nothing to do with religion or world peace. He’s just a garbage NFL quarterback. Maybe a great guy, but trash pro athlete. You zealots are sick. HAHAHA

  11. I wrote a blog post, on Tebow and I how I think Faith and sports should be separated, obviously you have a different opinion, would love your thoughts on it http://hardnosports.com/2016/03/15/can-we-all-agree-god-does-not-belong-on-the-sports-field/

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