The contempt that many in the media and sports world have for Tim Tebow is puzzling.
On Friday’s episode of “The Undisputed” on Fox Sports 1, host, and former NFL players Shannon Sharpe, argued that Tebow should stop playing sports altogether after he hit a home run in his first at-bat as a professional baseball player.
“We’ve got to stop this,” Sharpe said. “Here’s a guy who is going to try every sport until he finds something he’s good at. How about he’s not good at anything.”
A curious statement about Tebow who won the most prestigious award in college football, the Heisman Trophy.
But it really isn’t about Tebow’s talent.
Tebow was roundly mocked during his football career for being open about his Christianity and even kneeling and praying during games, a move that became known as “Tebowing.”
“At what point in time do people say, ‘You know what, Tim? Your run is up,'” Sharpe asked his co-host Skip Bayless, who has been an unabashed Tebow supporter for years.
Compare that to Sharpe’s response to openly gay Michael Sam who was drafted in the seventh round of the NFL draft and never made it onto the field of a professional football game, unlike Tebow.
I don’t know Michael Sam but I think he wants to be known as a gr8 FB player, that happens to be gay.Big ups M.Sam, make us proud.
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) February 10, 2014
David Schoenfield called Tebow’s play with the New York Mets’ Class A Columbia Fireflies “essentially nothing more than a cheap marketing stunt to sell a few extra jerseys.”
But who is Tebow hurting by working towards achieving his dream?
Schoenfield also reported that only 2 Fireflies players have ever reached the major leagues, so the idea that Tebow is preventing someone else from reaching their goal undeservedly is ridiculous.
But not all of the reviews were negative.
“Special things happen to special people. This was a special moment,” Fireflies manager Jose Leger told ESPN.
And NFL writer Dan Hanzus also complimented Tebow, albeit in a backhanded fashion.
“You have to give the man credit: Tebow might be a fatally flawed player no matter which professional sport he pursues, but he possesses a rare brand of competitive DNA that allows him to create a moment. He had no business beating Steelers in a playoff game, just as he had no business belting an oppo-field bomb last night. But he did both — because he has that gift,” he wrote.
“Guys like Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan became legends because they combined otherworldly physical talents with The Gift,” Hanzus said. “Tebow only has half the equation, but what he brings physically is just enough to occasionally summon special moments.”
And, not so fast to Tebow haters who want to believe his home run on Friday was a one and done.
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