Go ahead and mock, criticize, and even laugh at his dream to make it in a sport where
so many, including Michael Jordan, have failed so miserably. Twitter was on fire with
jokes, condescension, and plenty of haters the second news broke that Tebow would
hold a workout for every major league team later this month.
Criticizing, doubting, and mocking others have long been the American Way and it's
already in overdrive with the latest news about Tebow, the squeaky-clean, God-lovin'
person most of society loves to hate. He doesn't smoke, drink, or been in any kind
of trouble, but somehow rubs a lot of people the wrong way. Perhaps, it's because
he openly prays, is so kind to others, and says all the right things.
By the way, there are so many athletes in professional sports who publicly thank
their Lord and savior, Jesus Christ or point to the Heavens after a touchdown or home
run but never feel the wrath bestowed on Tebow for expressing himself and his
beliefs. The athletes who won a silver medal in synchronized diving for the US
Monday night were thanking their savior profusely on national television but there
weren't very many tweets on the feed criticizing their actions.
Tebow, who failed miserably in the NFL, according to the so-called experts, hasn't
played baseball since his senior year of high school, where he made the all-state
team in the filthy talented-rich state of Florida. He's 29-years-old now, which is
about the same age Jordan was when his airness quit basketball to try to make it
with the Chicago White Sox.
By the end of the day, most of us with be all Tebow-ed out from ESPN trying to
break down Tebow and his chances of making it to the major leagues. We will
probably be praying for NBC to air re-runs of synchronized diving earlier to break
up the overkill of Tebow's next adventure. People will be on social media incessantly
spewing all their hate towards Tebow and mock him for his latest mission.
I will not be one of them.
I applaud Tebow for what he's doing and hope people who are so blinded by their
disdain of him, can somehow see all that is good in Tebow's desire to become an
Tebow may not have fulfilled his expectations in the NFL. Many will label him
a colossal failure. He was mocked, vilified, and criticized harshly by fans, players,
and front-office personnel, but Tebow never lost his composure or lashed out at
anyone, anywhere, and at anytime through the media. He never quit, either. Never
listened to the haters and doubters. He kept working, believing, and striving to
be the best player he could be.
When he was told he wasn't good enough to make the team, he thanked the
organization and moved on, always with the same class and dignity.
Now, after failing in football, Tebow wants to play a sport where failure is a
significant part of the game.
Good for him.
In the face of all the haters, doubters, and critics, Tebow isn't afraid to fail again.
He's chasing a dream. And perhaps, doesn't want to look back 20 years from now
and say, "What if?"
What is wrong with that?
Tebow isn't going to be like Michael Jordan who just took 10 swings for the Chicago
White Sox and basically told them he'd be signing with them. The former Heisman
Trophy winner doesn't have any ties to a major league team like Jordan did.
(Jerry Reinsdorf, who owns the Chicago Bull, also has a big chunk of the White Sox.)
Tebow is putting it all out there in a try-out for every major league team to see. He will
hit, run, and throw for scouts and let them determine if he is worthy of signing a
professional contract. He has enough belief in himself to attempt to make it in a game
that spits so many players out.
What is wrong with that?
First-round picks often come up short of their dream to make it to the major leagues,
so the odds are definitely stacked against someone who hasn't played baseball since
However, I applaud Tim Tebow and daring himself to dream a really big dream. Isn't
that what we tell our kids. Isn't that what we preach to the Little Leaguers we coach?
Don't we encourage them to believe in themselves and never let anyone dissuade or
destroy their dreams?
So, go ahead. Make fun of Tebow. Disparage him on Twitter. Go on a rant for
all your Facebook friends if it makes you feel better.
I will always applaud the person who actually gets in the arena and fights for what
he wants. I will never criticize the man who bleeds, breaks a sweat, and runs toward
achieving something instead of running away from it.
I am pulling for Tim Tebow. I hope he overcomes every obstacle to achieve his