Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tim Tebow's Road to the Super Bowl MVP, Season 2, Playoffs Week 2

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By Adam Maher@amaher270

Most everyone doubted Tim Tebow in the beginning of his N.F.L. career—and I remember thinking, damn, this dude has more NCAA trophies on his mantle than Mark Emmert. Is this doubt stemming from that fact that he was the first home-schooled Heisman Trophy winner? Is it because he’s a virgin? Pure jealously? How dare Tim Tebow bring his unconventional approach to our game of old!

Love and hate at the same time, perhaps it was.

Regardless of what the masses were saying, the Bronco’s management even made public their doubts about #15's professional future. Ironically, as it made for some fairly awkward episodes of SportsCenter (way to go, Shannon Sharpe), it set the stage for one of the greatest upsets in NFL History.

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Until December 15, 2011, I kept my mouth shut when it came to discussing Tim Tebow's NFL quarterback status. Consciously, I kicked my feet up, sat back, and just took it all in, as every self-proclaimed expert and friend wasted time trying to predict whether or not Tebow’d be a solid starter with the Broncos.

It was no surprise that when Tebow started winning, the national headlines went from “TeBLOWs!!!” to “TeYOOOO, DUDE!!! YOU’RE THE MAN!!!!”

Nonetheless, Tebow’s six-game winning streak broke my mute barrier—I was finally ready to partake in the Sir Teeb discussion.

Anyone who knows me from growing up or from my college days will agree that if there’s one thing I love, it’s rooting for the underdog. It’s what I’d been doing all along. And when Tebow finally won the media over, I could resist no more: I had to let it all out.

Amidst all the flip-flopping and jock-riding, I had to set myself apart - I would write the most amazing Tebow praise piece in the entire Internet.

This resulted in an insufferable amount of hyperbole - and in the end, I would claim that Tim Tebow would win the 2012 Super Bowl MVP.

But right after I finally decided to write a sportzbroz post about Tim Tebow, his then six-game winning streak came to an end!

A new take on Tebow’s divine intervention:

At the turn of the new year, two weeks after my first Tebow post, which was published three days before his six-game winning streak was halted, I began to second guess my own call for Tim Tebow winning the 2012 Super Bowl MVP.

Was this God's way of punishing me for indulging in Tebow's glory?

It took six straight winning Sundays for Tebow to convince me he was worthy of a sportzbroz post—the Underdog Bro of the Season—yet on the seventh Sunday, after praising his accomplishments and creations, he came to a rest.

Ironically, that rest came at the hands of the New England Patriots, who the Broncos will play today in the most important game of Tim Tebow’s career.

Coincidence? No way in hell!

Tim Tebow and the Broncos will beat Tom Brady and the Patriots this weekend in the most epic NFL game of all time because it was written...

Tim was recently quoted by Rick Reilly saying that winning isn’t the most important thing to him. It’s helping people who are in need.

“Here you are, about to play a game that the world says is the most important thing in the world. Win and they praise you. Lose and they crush you. And here I have a chance to talk to the coolest, most courageous people. -- Every week, Tebow picks out someone who is suffering, or who is dying, or who is injured. He flies these people and their families to the Broncos game, rents them a car, puts them up in a nice hotel, buys them dinner (usually at a Dave & Buster's), gets them and their families pregame passes, visits with them just before kickoff (!), gets them 30-yard-line tickets down low, visits with them after the game (sometimes for an hour), has them walk him to his car, and sends them off with a basket of gifts. -- It puts it all into perspective. The game doesn't really matter. I mean, I'll give 100 percent of my heart to win it, but in the end, the thing I most want to do is not win championships or make a lot of money, it's to invest in people's lives, to make a difference."

Rick Reilly goes on to say he believes in the heart of Tim Tebow, not in his football skills.

“Not in his arm. Not in his skills. I believe in his heart, his there-will-definitely-be-a-pony-under-the-tree optimism, the way his love pours into people, right up to their eyeballs, until they believe they can master the hopeless comeback, too.”

Great piece by Reilly -- but I believe in Tebow's football skills just as much as Tebow believes in God. For the love will pour right up to the eyeballs of his teammates as well...

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that true heart and true passion for helping others translates onto the field and into the hearts of the team ten-fold. The Broncos players and staff are about to be a part of something special, we all are.

Tebow's unlike any player we’ve ever seen, he’s the most incredible underdog we’ll ever root for. (Sorry Jackie). Which is why I stick by my call from one month ago: Tim Tebow is winning the 2012 Super Bowl MVP.


  1. you must be smoking some good shit because you be trippin bro

  2. Agreed.... So tired of hearing about Tebow. Today I just wanted to watch pregame analyses, instead saw tebow specials on ESPN NFL network and a local network.