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Right now people are struggling with separating Tim Tebow, the media created legend, from Tim Tebow the quarterback.

The perfect example of this is the pro-life Super Bowl ad Tebow is appearing in during the Super Bowl. You might have notice Tebow wears his religion on his sleeve (or his eye black, but that is a different story for a different time), so people want to know if these type of stances would or should have an affect how he is seen as a quarterback.

The answer is simple: NO.

Tim Tebow has the right to believe and champion whatever issues he wants. That is his right and if CBS is willing to accept the 2.6 million dollars to allow Tebow to speak about what he believes in more power to him. If you don't like it just make sure your remote has fresh batteries so you can change the channel.

This doesn't change the fact that once he gets into the NFL it won't matter if he is pro-choice or pro-life when he is seeing one of Rex Ryan overload blitzes.

There are many different personalities, religions and beliefs in the NFL. The only thing that Tebow needs to understand is not to "push" his beliefs on any teammate and he will be fine. I truly believe if he respects their beliefs they will respect his.

I don't see him coming into a locker room trying to be TD Jakes, so if I was a team that would be the least of my concerns. I would be concerned about his long release, lack of time under center, shaky accuracy and the inability to out run anyone in the NFL.

What he does after practices and games are over is his business. He is a smart guy, so he knows when he takes on controversial subjects like abortion there is going to be backlash from the general public, both pro and con. If he is willing to take that risk that is his choice and that should be respected.

The fact that he is doing this Focus on Family ad has not changed my opinion of him as a quarterback in the least. If he is dead set on being a quarterback, he should be a 3rd round pick at best and, in reality, probably more of a 4th or 5th round pick. I would not trust him to "save" a franchise. He would need at least two years of NFL training with a good quarterback coach and even then I think it is a long shot he is anything more than a backup quarterback.

I believe he should be a combination H-Back, Tight End, Full Back and short yardage QB. That is how I would use him if I drafted him. The best case scenario for Tebow is he becomes Bernie Kosar (even that is iffy considering Kosar came from pro style offense at Miami) and worst case he turns into Eric Crouch.

If it is the worst case scenario then we won't have to worry about him doing any more Super Bowl commercials because no one will care.

By Robert Littal  |  February 1, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  | Category:  Super Bowl Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Best case scenario is Bernie Kosar?
Excuse me? Since when was Bernie ANY kind of double threat to a college defense?

Tim Tebow "the media created legend"?
Wow! Let's see what college QB do you recall that was the double threat Tebow was at Florida?

Jamelle Holloway? Cornelius Green? Eric Crouch? Thomas Lott? JC Watts? Tommy Frasier?
They were all great college running QBs, but certainly never a threat passing the ball.
Troy Aikman? John Elway? Doug Flutie? Jim McMahon? Dan Marino? Peyton Manning?
All were great passing QBs in college and only Elway and Flutie were a threat running.

Would you have dared call any of the above great college QB's a "media created legend"? How about Vince Young?

Of course Tim Tebow should not be drafted early in the draft, and will probably not be a good Pro QB because of the need of passing from NFL QBs.

But to label Tim Tebow a "media created legend"? Perhaps your lack of objectivity regarding Tebow, is the biggest aspect of your story.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | February 1, 2010 2:41 PM

Um - Yeah - I seem to remember Charlie Ward at FSU was a "two-way-threat". Wonder where he is now?

Tebow is not an NFL QB. He might defy critics and turn into one at some point, but right now he is nothing more than a terrific college QB whose skills worked in that environment.

He's simply not enough of a quality passer at this time to be considered anything more than a 3rd stringer in the NFL. Different game. Different requirements.

Posted by: cerebus-72 | February 1, 2010 8:52 PM

You can't compare Tim Tebow to Charlie Ward. Charlie Ward never even laced 'em up in the pros, he opted for the NBA. Probably a very smart decision, but not one we'll ever truly know the answer to.

I don't believe Tebow will make a great or even a solid NFL QB, but what he COULD bring is a huge amount of leadership and that "it" factor that could mean more than statistics. If a team can find the right position for him, he could bring huge success. But that doesn't mean you take him with an early round pick, but also doesn't mean he's not worth a flyer in the 4th round or later.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | February 1, 2010 9:41 PM

Was the question about what position he might play in the pros? No. Answer the question please.

Posted by: marcparis | February 2, 2010 8:22 AM

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