Jacksonville Jaguars fans were disappointed Monday when the website run by the White House, “We The People,” killed the link to their Tim Tebow petition. Well, those Jaguars fans that liked the idea of having the just-released player quarterback their team, that is. Still, the site was diplomatic about it, citing that the petition violated their terms of service policy. And so ended, Yahoo Sports reported May 6, another suggestion that the controversial player head back to Florida to helm one of their pro teams.
Does there look to be a concerted effort by Floridians to get Tim Tebow back in the Sunshine State to play a little football, or is it just a strange run of coincidences?
The petition by a contingent of Jaguars fans stated that “If the Jaguars sign & START Tebow, home games will be sold out, sales will spike, the team will win and the fans will be happy.” They wanted the president of the United States to intercede on their behalf to convince the Jaguars general management to pick up the now teamless Tebow. Their story was just the latest regarding Tebow and a possible position on a Florida NFL team.
Tim Tebow was cut by the New York Jets on April 29, shortly after the team drafted highly recruited West Virginia University quarterback Geno Smith in the NFL Draft. Tebow had been with the Jets only a year, picked up in a trade with the Denver Broncos, who felt themselves quarterback-heavy when they acquired Peyton Manning from the Indianapolis Colts.
Since no team picked Tebow up at the end of April when he was on waivers, he became a free agent. Rumors began to swirl in Miami that the quarterback was headed to the Dolphins. But on May 3, NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk.com reported that Armando Seguero of the Miami Herald had informed them that all the speculation was untrue.
So what’s the big deal with Tim Tebow playing in Florida? Well, perhaps it’s the nostalgia of having once had strong football franchises and the idea that Tebow, if given a real chance to start as a professional football quarterback, just might prove to be as good at the job as he was when he was in college. And there’s another level to add to the nostalgia theory: Tim Tebow played football at the University of Florida, where he led the Gators to two national championships and took home the Heisman Trophy as well.
But Tebow brings with him not only a still truly untried record as an NFL quarterback but also a knack for galvanizing people on and off the field. His popularity among Christians and those holding like opinions on social issues is met with equal and opposite reactions from those who find his positions immaterial to the game and his taking the knee in prayer (Tebowing, anyone?) nothing short of passive proselytization. As for what people think of his football playing abilities, some find him an unknown entity, while others see tremendous promise in how he led the Broncos to seven straight wins and the playoffs two seasons ago. Still others believe he’s just another Heisman Trophy winner who hasn’t made the transition from college superstar to NFL superstar.
Regardless, if nothing else, Tim Tebow is still loved in Florida…