Tim Tebow is finished as an NFL quarterback.
His release from the New England Patriots Saturday puts the last mound of dirt on his burial ground. The NFL tombstone should read something like this: “Tim Tebow, great kid, impeccable character but too flawed fundamentally to survive in the NFL.”
Let’s not turn this into a Morality Play about Good vs. Evil, Christians vs. Non-Believers, Great Gators vs. The Rest of the World.
It's easy to get confused. With Tebow, his desire to play in the NFL has always been a bit of a spiritual quest.
"I would like to thank Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, Coach McDaniels and the entire Patriots organization for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such a classy organization. I pray for nothing but the best for you all. I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback," Tebow posted in a statement online, continued with a Biblical passage:
"2 Corinthians 12:9:
"And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me."
At least he went out in style _ throwing a TD pass in the waning seconds of what likely is his final NFL game, against the New Your Giants, Thursday night.
That's why so many fans were smitten by him. The guy always seemed to be clutch. It was easy for people who only looked at things on the periphery to buy into the “Tim Tebow is a winner!” concept, without bothering with the other facts.
He has been displaced from Denver to New York to New England for a reason. NFL experts are smarter than the average fan smitten by Tebowmania. They see a quirky, elongated throwing motion, happy feet at the sight of pressure in the pocket, inaccuracies in delivering the ball.
This is never good when you are competing for a job as a quarterback in the NFL.
But the infatuation with Tebow has always been much more than X’s and O’s. Tebow’s presence on an NFL team have been a referendum on faith, with the haters and the atheists like Bill Maher lining up on one side, squaring off against All Who Believe.
Do you have faith? Are you a good person? Is God on your side?
I hardly think God is picking favorites.
But the NFL Gods have deemed that Tebow isn’t good enough. That’s all there is to it.
He will succeed in life. Perhaps as a motivational speaker. Perhaps he will find his true calling as a pastor. Perhaps he will become a successful coach.
Be sure of this:
Tim Tebow is a winner.
It’s just going to have to be somewhere other than the NFL.