Tim Tebow, Fame Whore

   

It’s getting to be damn near impossible to root for Tim Tebow. The former Broncos quarterback was easy to sympathize with when he led Denver to a playoff win over the Steelers not because of his religion but because he was clearly the last resort for team management. Now, though, before he’s even played a game in a Jets uniform it already feels like he’s been mired in controversy for his whole career. At least when we were all obsessed with whether or not Brett Favre would continue to play he’d had some success.

It’s not the constant media coverage that’s made Tebow hard to stomach, it’s the way he clearly seeks it out. Tebow has reminded football fans so many times that he’s excited to be a Jet and is focused on being the #2 quarterback for the team that it’s starting to seem like a liar just repeating himself so people believe him.

I wanted to like Tebow, I really did. Anytime a player shows even a hint of personality or gets under the skin of the so-called football experts he’s immediately more likable. He just comes of as disingenuous now. The aw-shucks good guy schtick has gotten old. Even Donovan McNabb called out Tebow earlier this offseason for constantly tweeting how happy he is to be on the Jets. Instead of appealing to the fans, McNabb said, Tebow should stop annoying his teammates.

After the Jets practice Saturday Tebow decided to get some extra work in and take a jog after his teammates had left the field. Not big deal, right? You can’t criticize a guy for working hard. Only on Saturday Tebow was running sprints in the rain…with no shirt on…and said he didn’t know why the media was making a big deal out of it. Somehow, while running in a direction that looks to be straight for the camera he didn’t even notice he was being filmed.

“Didn’t really think y’all would would be filming it and taking pictures,” he said.

Jets insider Wesley Sykes tweeted, “Tebow just ran shirtless in the rain past the media. If that’s not a publicity stunt I don’t know what is.”

Although female reaction on Twitter was much easier on Tebow @afigman tweeted, “At Jets training camp in Cortland. It’s pouring. Out of nowhere, Tebow runs through rain, shirtless. Opening credits of the movie, I assume.”

Bart Scott, leader of the Jets’ defense, told the Associated Press, “I’ve never seen anybody take their shirt off in the rain.” It’s something Scott should probably get used to as reports surfaced out of Denver that even with the media circus Peyton Manning will certainly bring, they’re glad Tebow’s constant gimmicks are over. No news on how sick they were of his fake-innocent schoolboy voice.

The gee-golly-I-didn’t-think-it’d-be-a-big-deal-to-rip-my-shirt-off news comes after Tebow held a press conference when he first joined the Jets. You know, because backup quarterbacks always have press conferences to announce their arrival. It’s true that Tebow has a much higher profile than most players but if he was serious about just wanting to be a player on the team he wouldn’t have said he was excited almost 50 times that day.

If Tebow were a character in a movie he’d be the bully quarterback that everyone in a small town roots for even though behind closed doors he beats the shit out of the main character. Or at least starts the towel-whipping-in-the-showers scene. In that movie (which would probably be titled Game Face or The End Zone) the audience would want the scrappy underdog quarterback to win the starting job and lead the team to the championship. That character would be…Mark Sanchez?

Before this season Sanchez was probably one of the least likable quarterbacks in the league. He’s just as much of a pretty boy as Tom Brady (well, almost) but instead of five Super Bowl appearances Sanchez has been bounced from the AFC championship twice and, at times, had stats that were closer to Ryan Fitzpatrick’s than the “elite” QB he’s supposed to be. Still, if you were  the coach of the Jets and worried about how the Tebow/Sanchez dynamic would affect the lock room, how would you feel about Tebow popping up at the ESPYs to make a joke about it?

Funny, sure, but come on dude have some self-perception.

With the onslaught of attention the Jets training camp is about to receive (one reporter already called Sanchez “Tim,” a situation he handled with ease) Snarky Mark by default has become the anti-Tebow. His USC pedigree and cocky attitude are now more likable than Tebow’s goofy throw and stupid grin. That’s saying a lot because, honestly, Sanchez seems like such a dick.

Maybe it wouldn’t be so irritating if he was more transparent. Tebow is a legitimate celebrity and nobody gets that status without trying. Plenty of celebrities are likable but it’s grating when Kim Kardashian pretends like she doesn’t seek the attention. The same goes for Mark Sanchez’s new back-up. Like everybody else, Tebow wants to be famous. He might do himself a favor if he would just admit what everyone else already knows.

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One Response to Tim Tebow, Fame Whore

  1. jumpingpolarbear says:

    The media and the readers are the whores :).

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