While he may not be able to consistently throw a football into the Atlantic Ocean at close range you will never see Tim Tebow’s name linked with murder, rape or thuggish violence. Sandwiched in between the spectacle of the Aaron Hernandez murder conviction and the upcoming showering of millions of dollars and media adoration on a rapist thug who beat the system, Tim Tebow returned to the National Football League. The Philadelphia Eagles announced yesterday that the former college superstar has been signed to a one year contract.
ESPN reports that “QB Tim Tebow signs with Eagles”:
Tim Tebow signed a one-year deal Monday with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced.
Tebow flew into Philadelphia on Sunday night in time to be in attendance for the start of the Eagles’ offseason program Monday.
Philadelphia has finalized an agreement with the 27-year-old Tebow, the framework of which was put into place when he worked out for the team last month. Tebow will be paid the minimum salary.
Tebow, now with his fourth team has never given up on his dream of being a big time pro football quarterback. He did manage to lead the Denver Broncos to the playoffs, coming in off the bench to replace the putrid Kyle Orton after a 1-4 start and became a national media sensation. It was big time Tebowmania but unfortunately it became a distraction to the point where the Broncos traded him to the New York Jets where he was a non-factor. The New England Patriots brought him in but he never made it past preseason. Tebow became a polarizing figure largely because he wore his devout religious beliefs on his sleeve and his adoring fans turned out en masse, turning his games into an intersection of sports and the ongoing culture wars.
Fox Sports adds more detail on the Tebow signing in the story “The book on Tim Tebow, from the guru who tried to fix him”:
Tim Tebow is perhaps the most polarizing sports figure we’ve seen in years. For many, he resonated because of his clean-cut image and because he was devout. He spoke about his faith in public settings, visited prisons and even referenced Bible verses in the eye black he wore during college games. He was a bona fide phenomenon, but that came with a hefty undertow. Many recoiled at Tebow — or at least the idea of Tebow — as if he were some oversaturated pop-music act. He was like a one-man version of Duke basketball or Notre Dame football. People got sick of him, or hearing about him. But that’s actually more our fault in the media than it is his. Tebow’s return is one thing, and then you add in the fact that it’s to Chip Kelly’s team it becomes even more combustible subject.
Whether or not the fourth time is the charm for Tebow it is refreshing to see a positive role model for a change. There will be the inevitable haters, and they are already out in force but despite his flaws as a player he is a damned good human being which should mean something. But in latter day Obamastan where our entire system of values is in terminal decline, people will be running out after next week’s NFL draft and shelling out good money to buy brand spanking new Tampa Bay Buccaneers number 5 Nike football jerseys in honor of likely future felon Jameis Winston. Many will buy the scumbag’s jersey for their children, unthinkingly turning them into walking little billboards endorsing deviant criminal behavior. Sad but true and good luck to Tim Tebow, more positive role models are needed in this celebrity saturated culture.