The Tebow Effect

The Tebow Effect
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp (a.k.a. DJ Mappquest)

Everyone is trying to figure out this guy.  Many people think they know Tim Tebow, quarterback of the Denver Broncos, but whatever they think is not it.    Tebow has been called many things in the last two years being in the National Football League.  Aside from the typical drama currently surrounding the National Football League (i.e. Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning, the Packers going undefeated, what’s going on in Philadelphia, the quick rise and fall of the Lions and Bill, what happened to the critically acclaimed Jets Defense and Patriots Offense, etc.) , this is refreshing to me.

What is not refreshing, in a sense, is the HUGE amount of negativity that people talk about it.  It may seem overstated but quite a few people are not fond of him for various reasons (i.e. he’s too religious for football, the way he throws is “weird” or “ineffective”, he runs too much for a QB, he can’t read defenses that well, etc.)

Tonight, however, I heard something different that changed my perspective of a player who I personally liked.  In watching the Denver Broncos versus the New York Jets on November 17th, 2011, some friends came and watched the game with me.  In not knowing football, or Tim Tebow, he asked me who Tebow was.  I explained to him that Tebow is the QB for Denver, how he’s clearly religious, and overall a swell guy.  And my friend said (roughly), “No way, you are telling me there is someone in the NFL who isn’t tatted up, an ex-felon, and can be a positive role model for people?!”

Granted it is a stereotypical statement, but it has truth to it.  Many quarterbacks are clean, most other players end up with tattoos somewhere at some point in their career.  But Tebow has the religious aspect to him that is rare to find in football players, especially as profound as Tebow exemplifies it.  To some, it may be annoying, but keep in mind he isn’t knocking on your door trying to tell you the good works of the lord.  No, he just doing what he does, and in return he does great things like help fund a hospital being built in the Philippines, and other charitable things like that.

He is one the most positive, best NFL role models in recent history that kids can, and should, look up.  He doesn’t give up no matter how far behind he is.  He takes a lot of criticism, but at this point (things are subject to change) he is 4-1 this season.  But he stays true to himself and what he believes.  But most importantly, like I just said, he believes.

You don’t have to love him as a player.  He doesn’t even have to make it onto your list of greatest QBs this year, or anything.  But he should always get your respect, because he has done nothing but earn it, and give it.  There is something about him that makes you just want to believe – in him, and in general.  As the Journey song goes, you just can’t stop believing.  It is just the Tebow effect.



  1. Great post. I think we can all agree on the fact that Tebow is a stand up individual. His religion may be a bit too much for some people but that shouldn’t get in the way of our representation of him. He’s got so much heart and determination, which is something you can’t ignore about him. Also, do you think you could take a quick look at my blog because I would really love to hear what you have to say

  2. sjchevalier07 says:

    Great column! The thing that bothers me is not him as a man at all, I think if I knew him personally,I would like him very much. He isn’t your typical quarterback at all which does bother people (and me a little), but he is winning games and may get the Broncos to the playoffs.

    What bothers me is fans worshipping him as if he was Jesus. I saw an article on Yahoo! earlier this week with photos of fans wearing Broncos jerseys with Jesus on the nameplate in lieu of Tebow. Also, the modified Broncos Logo I saw on SportsNation’s Facebook page of the Bronco praying like Tebow does following a score (I think). That’s fine if fans want to cheer for him, but they need to remember that he’s just a quarterback, not a messiah.

  3. It is suppose to be that the defense was tremendous, but there is the intangible “phenomenon Tebow”. I guess that deserves discussion about what the Broncos record would have Kyle Orton continued to play. It looked like a losing team with Orton. The D is great, but Tebow say what someone should get some credit for the 7-1. QB is usually judged by victory and defeat plain and simple. The numbers may not be there but the most important. Now this could be the Trent Dilfer argument again, but these reimbursements fourth quarter just make the discussion more interesting.anyway, for more news, we can visit… thanx

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