Tebowmania May Be Killing Star Quarterback's NFL Career

Image: Tebowmania May Be Killing Star Quarterback's NFL Career

Thursday, 09 May 2013 02:23 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Is Tim Tebow's throwing accuracy really what's keeping him from moving on in the National Football League — or are his religion and the public media that follows the former Heisman Trophy winner keeping coaches from signing him on?

The New York Jets released Tebow last month, following growing concerns that the publicly popular quarterback wasn't ready for prime time in the NFL.

But unlike other star quarterbacks in the same position, the 2010 first round-draft pick has yet to be recruited, even as a back-up, by any other team.

Now even critics of Tebow's style are openly questioning whether his religious views and popularity among fans are responsible for hampering his progress.

Latest: Do You Support Giving Illegals Citizenship? Vote Here Now

"As much as prospective employers are wary of Tebow's flawed mechanics, much-maligned throwing motion or deficiencies when it comes to reading defenses, the incessant media and fan attention that accompanies his presence on the depth chart is an even bigger concern," writes Yahoo! Sports football expert Michael Silver.

Silver, who has criticized Tebow in the past, said he can't understand why no team will even give him a chance. The only reason, he believes, is because of his huge following off the field.

"Against all odds, I'm starting to wonder whether the man who helped the Denver Broncos become one of the league's most stunning success stories in 2011 is getting unjustly blackballed," Silver wrote.

One unidentified head coach told Silver, "He seems like a great guy to have on a team, and I'd be tempted to bring him in as our backup. But it's just not worth dealing with all the stuff that comes with it."

ESPN earlier reported that Tebow has worked on his throwing technique with former NFL quarterbacks Vinnie Testaverde and Chris Weinke. Testaverde said the problem was in Tebow's footwork and they have now worked out the glitch.

"His throwing motion is now a non-issue," Testaverde told ESPN. "He throws with what we call 'effortless power.' He doesn't have that elongated motion anymore and his head isn't moving two-and-a-half feet when he throws it."

Tebow has had a tremendous start to his NFL career in Denver, where he'd openly praise God after completing key plays. However, the Broncos traded him after just one season when they landed Peyton Manning, despite Tebow's star turns which pushed the team into the second round of the playoffs.

He was quickly snapped up by the New York Jets, but he got little playing time and was released last month, and so far no other team has shown interest in acquiring him.

Tebow's huge fan base is pushing for him to be hired and increasingly accuses teams of turning away from him star because of his deep religious convictions.

"Sadly, the persecution complex shared by so many of Tebow's fervent supporters seems to have become a self-fulfilling prophecy," said Silver.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Stephen Halbrook Gun Control Measures Hazardous for Citizens

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 08:52 AM

Nazis disarmed the Social Democrats and other political opponents whom they deemed “enemies of the state.” The turn of t . . .

Dick Morris: Amnesty, Obamacare Will Eat Up Blue-Collar Jobs

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 08:50 AM

President Obama's amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants will result in "a disaster of unparalleled magnitude" due t . . .

Social Security, Medicare Open to Illegals Under Amnesty Plan

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 08:28 AM

President Obama's plan to bring illegal immigrants "out of the shadows" will also make millions of them eligible for Soc . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved