Concise, blunt, compelling and rich, Mike. I wanted to say that Tim Tebow’s recent whiny comments are uncharacteristic, because it feels like they are, but then I remembered that Tebow has never been in a situation like this. He’s pretty much always had it his way, and now he has to deal with a whole new feeling. It’s like when Jerry Seinfeld cried for the first time.
“My dream, since I was a young boy, of being a starting quarterback in the NFL seemed to be coming true,” Tebow told Woody Paige of the Denver Post. ”Then, I felt like it was grabbed back away.”
Sorry, Tim, but it turns out Kyle Orton isn’t going anywhere, and since he’s been kicking your ass in training camp, the underrated Orton is likely to be Denver’s starting quarterback in Week 1. Making matters worse, Merril Hoge is tearing you apart and the media is clearly leaning Orton. (But at least one of the most hated athletes in America is on your side, which probably makes you feel somewhat like a GOP presidential candidate receiving an endorsement from George W. Bush.)
This is the hard reality of the NFL. Tebow, who turns 24 in about a week, has been treated like a prince throughout his football career. Suddenly, he isn’t special.
I don’t mean to pile on, and I’m not saying that Tebow is immature. I’m just saying that he’s acting immature, which is expected from 23-year-old human beings. He’s acting like a baby, but in relative terms, he still is one. It’s natural to get frustrated and to sometimes voice those frustrations.
Tim Tebow is fallible, and he’s finally beginning to realize it himself.