As originally posted here.
The first sign of the Tebow-pocalypse has come. The mighty Pittsburgh Steelers, winners of six Super Bowl Championships, collapsed at the hands of Tim Tebow and his Broncos thwarting their efforts for a seventh title on a single play in overtime.
Should Tebow and his faithful steeds complete the second prophecy and defeat the Patriots, who is to say they cannot go the rest of the way? The Patriots and the Steelers set the bar for playoff standards in this era. If you can beat the Steelers, you can beat the Ravens. The Texans are very human without Matt Schaub and the Steelers account for one of the three Patriot losses this season.
In the NFC, the Packers are in a very dangerous game in which has the most upset potential against the New York Giants of which they are responsible for another Patriot loss. The Saints have lost to the lowly Bucs and the Rams. The Niners lost against an average 8-8 Cardinal team. The Chiefs thwarted the Packers attempt at a perfect regular season. So there is something to be exploited in from all the remaining playoff teams.
Tebow and the Broncos in the Super Bowl is not as far-fetched as it sounds. First of all we have to tackle the prevailing issues people might have with Tebow going in.
Any conceptions of the quarterback being the sole leading force and rock to lead the team in are gone. It’s an old-fashioned thought, but we’re used to the wily talented quarterback who is playing great ball for so long finally getting his shot at the big game. We are used to seeing the likes of John Elway, Joe Montana, Brett Favre, and Terry Bradshaw in the Super Bowl because they were the unquestioned leaders of the team. Stat-wise, they’re the cream of the crop. They were among the league leaders in passing yards, touchdowns and overall efficiency.
I will throw a name that is an exception to that rule: Trent Dilfer. His defense carried the Ravens to a Super Bowl title. The Ravens dumped him the following year. Not enough?
Two more names who come to mind who won their Super Bowls long before their careers took off as the QB elite: Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger. They both won their first Super Bowls in their second years. They both rode defense and clutch key plays to their first titles before they became the dominant forces we knew of today.
Tebow isn’t that much a unique case. Sure, he is the face of the franchise, but he’s far from the elite. The respect and admiration you think he receives would indicate that he commanded it. He doesn’t and ever the humble man, he defers to the Almighty and his teammates. Classy does not equal “God’s gift to football.”
Guy is earning his NFL stripes as we speak and who cares if he wins it all except those who bloviate about how overrated he is. To quote Herm Edwards, “You play to win the game!” Not for stats. Weren’t the 2001 Patriots huge underdogs against the Rams that year that Brady won his first in Super Bowl XXXVI? What about Eli Manning and the 13-6 Giants against the 18-0 Patriots in 2008 in Super Bowl XLII? When Roethlisberger won his first title in Super Bowl XL, he compiled the worst rating for a winning QB in the title game’s history in 22.6 completing just 9 of 21 passes for 123 yards. Helps to have a great running game and defense doesn’t it?
We expect it from the Steelers, why not the Broncos? For all the griping of how bad Tebow does it, for all the complaining from former Broncos quarterbacks John Elway and Jake Plummer about his Jesus complex, he gets the job done. When you saw Elway celebrating Tebow’s 80-yard game-winning pass, you suddenly didn’t see him caring about how the Steeler cow got slaughtered as he reaped from the steaks.
Winning is what he did at the University of Florida. That is what he is trying to do the same as a Bronco. He might be far from the best statistically and his fundamentals may improve in time. He had to have been good to send Kyle Orton packing to Kansas City.
The media and the fanbase need to stop treating him like he’s the Great White Christian hope of football, because it’s probably a title he does not want. He certainly isn’t the first Christian athlete and he won’t be the last. We are ultimately watching this for the love of the game and this argument that God is favoring only the Broncos because of Tebow is kind of disingenuous to the other Christian or religious athletes in the league.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31.