Dec 18 2011

The “Tebow” Effect

Category: FROM THE MIND OF MARC LACYadmin @ 2:21 pm

Now I must admit, when Tim Tebow was the quarterback of the University of Florida Gators, I thought he was highly overrated.  Yes, even though he won a national championship after having quarterbacked a team through a season in the toughest conference in the nation…the SEC.  I felt that he would end up just like any other collegiate quarterback who was a product of a spread/option type system in college…an NFL bust.  Or the level of scrutiny would be so high, especially at the combine, that he would be discouraged from playing quarterback and encouraged to either play another position or not even play in the NFL at all.  Prime example of this, Eric Crouch (Heisman Winner)/Tommy Frazier of The University of Nebraska as well as Charlie Ward (Heisman Winner) of Florida State University. 

During preseason and up through the middle of the season, I would witness ESPN analysts convey VERY SHARP criticism of Tebow’s throwing motion, and inaccuracy.  But when Tim did manage to make it into the starting line-up and win a game or two, a few analysts warmed up to him; but did not fully endorse him.  Also it did not help the issue when it was widely known that the general manager did not even give him a vote of confidence.  I guess everyone wanted the public to put on a recruiter’s hat and understand the fact that this guy is too unorthodox of a player (and too orthodox of a devout Christian) to be a long term quarterback in the NFL even though he is winning.  HOWEVER, when the winning streak was increased to 7 games,  the mood seemed to change dramatically from the analyst’s perspective.  They went from saying, “Don’t believe the hype…” to “You have got to respect the fact that this young man is a winner!”  Of course, everybody loves a winner.  The Denver community, the NFL, the media, and the world have basically bought into it.  He transitioned from a gimmick into a darling.  Of course in this day and age of social media, his starpower is raging to heights previously unmeasured.  Regardless of what you may think of this kid, the record speaks for itself.  The Denver coaching staff finally got smart and designed an offensive package that could accentuate all of Tebow’s strengths.  Now that’s what you call coaching.  You play the hand you’ve been dealt to the best of your ability. 

Now let us take it even deeper.  I am a Christian; but not one who believes and slappin’ Christianity upside your head when I see you.  I aspire to illustrate my faith via actions and not per speeches, insignia, or debates.  I respect all religions and I do feel that we can all come together spiritually and uplift one another while giving The Creator the glory.  With that said, I have to be honest and convey the fact that I am highly elated that a professional athlete who is known as a GOOD PERSON first, is having remarkable success.  He praises God 24/7 whether there is a win or a loss.  He’s able to shine and does not have to have a wayward edge in which to do so.  To me, Tebow defies the notion that one has to be a “bad boy” to succeed in such a high level and intense profession.   He never asked for his signature prayer to be called “Tebowing.”  He never requested to be such a polarizing world renowned figure.  He never asked for world trends to “bring the sexy back to one being good…and not bad.”  He is a leader and a winner…and he is a pro at doing well with what is in the realm of his capability.  In essence, he takes to the max, maximizing the gifts God gave him.  His faith will remain the same regardless of what score shows on the scoreboard at the end of the game.

To me, the true Tebow effect is the fact that if he does continue winning and the Broncos somehow manage a deep playoff run, it will force the NFL to have a paradigm shift and be more friendly to option and spread offense quarterbacks being drafted…to play quarterback.  It also influences the naysayers to look at the ENTIRE skillset of the quarterback and not reduce his worth based on the type of offensive system he may have been a product of on the collegiate level.   This can certainly be attributed to the fact that Tebow is accomplishing everything that he is NOT supposed to accomplish being that he is an untested hybrid-type quarterback.  So one can only imagine how successful Charlie Ward, Eric Crouch, Tommy Frazier, and host of others would have been if the collective spread offense “buy in” would have been established within the NFL headshed.

To all the young people out there…there is such a thing as being a good person first, and still achieving success.  Whatever you engage in, do well, have faith, and give it EVERYTHING you have…100% of the time.

You have just read the mind of Marc Lacy.

Have a pleasant day

18 Responses to “The “Tebow” Effect”

  1. Trent Griffin says:

    More young people need to see this!

  2. Katina Walton says:

    Fantastic spin on a topic I would not normally have interest in, but your article has shed light on something that I believe we all must do to be successful…and that is give 100% at all times.

  3. Marcus SAims says:

    Good article. The Tebow effect speaks to the human spirit to me. People have told him what he CAN’T DO, and this year he has proven them wrong.We all can relate to this. Its a great story for all people to be aware of, and a huge story for the NFL. Now I must go “Tebow”

  4. admin says:

    Yes, a human victory indeed…

  5. Scott Cowart says:

    Hey Bro I love what you had to say there. I think I may pretty much agree with it all. I also think that his religion has become to much of a topic. It is what it is and you are right he didnt ask for everyone to tke it so far. I like the guy, now that he is away from Fla haha. anyway jsut liked whta ya siad. peace bro

  6. admin says:

    Thanks Scott…

  7. Brian W. Smith says:

    Marc, watching the Tebow effect has been very interesting. I must admit that I’ve had mixed emotions. I’ve been forced to separate race from religion. As a black man I get frustrated watching all of the hype around Tebowe because I know that there have been several brothas in the past who could do what he does – and do it much better. But those black men weren’t given an opportunity. Tebow is the latest “Great White Hope”; therefore, he’s allowed to stink up the place for nearly an entire a game and still get a pass. On the other hand, I’m a Christian. As a Christian I know that “favor aint favor.” I can see that Tebow has “favor”. For that reason alone I’m forced to root for him. Good job Marc…I’m rooting for u too brotha.

  8. Brian W. Smith says:

    **meant to say “Favor aint fair”!

  9. admin says:

    Thanks for your honest and candid feedback Brian. Man, as a Christian and one who believes in giving credit where credit is due, I had no choice but to start rooting for him. Plus, I know I must set an example for young people and illustrate to them that what’s right is what’s right, unconditionally. I do hope and pray that Tebow’s success REALLY opens doors for quarterbacks of all backgrounds and finally yields the opportunity for them to be judged on their actual ability and not what they cannot do, per the system that produced them.

    Much luv!


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