Tim Tebow: Can He Make It In The NFL?

DENVER - DECEMBER 26: Quarterback Tim Tebow  of the Denver Broncos warms up before taking on the Houston Texans at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

In perusing the internet looking for various sports stories of interest, I came across several conversations about Tim Tebow and what others think he can and can't accomplish. This young quarterback from Florida is currently facing the daunting task of silencing his critics and becoming a premiere NFL quarterback, something I believe to be a goal of his based on what I have read.

Now, I certainly do not claim myself to be an expert on football (especially quarterbacks), something I am sure my colleagues where I teach, and coached, would be quick to point out given half the chance. However, I do believe I have some insight into what it takes to overcome adversity in athletics. Tim's story, still at its beginning, just hits home with me.

So as I searched the internet for more information on Tim, his personality (as best as I could gather), work ethic, character, skill set, etc., etc., what I find is a young man with great internal strength of will who (according to some "experts") has certain technical issues (wide throwing stance, poor release, etc.) that hamper his chances for NFL greatness. All things, to me, that can be overcome with proper training.

Well, as I stated earlier, I am not an expert in football, not even a big football fan, but I am most assuredly a fan of any athlete, any person, willing to take on challenges related to one's destiny. The kind of obstacles that create a situation of adversity, that from the outside appeas to be difficult, maybe even impossible, to achieve. This is what makes Tebow's story so compelling.

Now the one thing, above all others, essential for Tim Tebow to achieve the success he seeks, and shut the door on all his critics and naysayer's, centers on the amount of inner will and determination he brings to his training and competitive table each and every day.

This is something I speak to athletes about regularly through my Inner Will & Determination Presentations, something I believe too many don't take into account when discussing one's ability to achieve goals through adverse conditions. And it is something I detect is very strong within Tim Tebow as I read more about him and watch this young athlete speak on his Pro Day Recap.


Tim Tebow's NFL story is one that has yet to be completed; in fact, it is he who will write it, not the experts, nor the media, nor anyone else. And from my perspective, at least from what I have read, he has the "right pen" (stuff) for this story.


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  • Kirk, I agree. I am cheering for him. A year ago after leading Florida to the National Championship Tebow could have left for the NFL and he chose to stay in school. He is an athlete of integrity. The thing about him
    is even if he is not a NFL star or even in the league, with his character and work ethic he will have success and contribute postively to society.

  • Thanks for your response. It is with strong feelings about the intrinsic value that comes from stepping up to challenges like Tebow is facing that I also am cheering for him.

    And I agree, no matter what happens, the type of person he is will make a difference - it has to.

  • As an SEC Fan, I loathe Tebow for many reasons. But the kid has great work ethic and attitude. I think he tested out well enough at the combine and Pro Day to show that he could probably swing it in the NFL as an h-back or TE, maybe a FB. He's a football player. Unfortunately, I don't see a future for him at QB. His entire style needs to be rearranged. He's certainly in the process of learning new mechanics, but how does that affect his arm strength? That was already a weakness and removing the wind up release likely exposes it moreso. He's certainly got the attitude to succeed going forward, but I doubt he'll ever be a full-fledged NFL QB.

  • In reply to ddavis:

    Hey Dan,

    Thanks for your response, great to have an SEC Fan chime in. As far as Tim Tebow's technical issues, you hear him talk about muscle memory and that the more he practices the right techniques the more they become natural for him. These are facts when it comes to training. To change technical issues dealing with movement, it is all about work ethic and attitude.

    Arm strength can be gained through training and practice. Additionally, the things he talks about in his tape about holding the ball higher and not "wind milling" are all positives that will help him technically. This combined with other types of training on the right things will be of tremendous benefit.

    My experience as an athlete has taught me that the impossible is based only on what others believe, and many times, has no relationship to what one can really accomplish.

    As far a whether he will be a full-fledged NFL QB - I am hoping he makes it. We need more athletes like this so I am certainly in his corner.

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