Tim Tebow officially has a supporter who does not hail from the Gator Nation or a religious background: The legendary Chuck Norris.
Norris published an article on Wednesday, titled “Why Tim Tebow Is An Ultimate Clutch Player,” in which he dives into why he believes Tebow needs to be given a chance to start and lead in the NFL.
While some of his points are beating a dead horse, they mostly make sense. He revisits the fact that Tebow has won in the NFL when given the chance and that you can’t teach someone how to be a leader and a clutch player, but you can help improve their technique.
What sportsman ever could forget how that amazing second-year QB came back from a 15-0 disadvantage to the Miami Dolphins to lead the Broncos to an 18-15 overtime victory and then led Denver to six wins in its next seven games and into the playoffs, beating the highly favored Pittsburgh Steelers in a wild-card game? It was the Broncos’ first playoff victory in six years.
I’ve heard the critics say Tebow has poor technical skills, but the truth is that Tim is a natural leader, an amazingly gifted football player, an inspiration to his team and the possessor of intense determination and strategy to bring any team to victory — no matter what the odds. One can improve technique, but leadership is innate. That is why I believe that Tebow could be a superstar and legend in the NFL.
Norris definitely has a point, whether it is a popular one or not.
Following the disaster in New York, in which the Jets never gave Tebow a legitimate opportunity on the field to lead the team, people around the country seemed to forget that he led a 1-4 Denver Broncos team to the playoffs.
Critics will point to the Broncos defense as to why the team made the playoffs, however, the same defense was playing when Kyle Orton was under center for the abysmal start.
Norris further goes on to compare Tebow to his mixed martial arts career, stating that the two are very similar.
Tebow is a player who rises to the occasion and delivers big in critical moments. He reminds me of myself when I used to compete in martial arts. I would spar with my black belts in class, and sometimes they would outscore me. Yet in the tournaments, I would defeat them. My students used to ask me, “Why is it that we can contend equally against you in class but can’t beat you in the tournaments?” My answer was always the same: “When it counts, I rise to the occasion.”
Tebow has never looked great in practice, from high school to college and now in the pros. His throwing motion has always been slow, but his ability to carry a team on his back when needed the most has always been there. Very few players in the history of the NFL have the clutch gene that Tebow has exhibited over and over again throughout his life.
It’s for these reasons that Norris has gone as far as to challenge new Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan to pick up the currently unemployed quarterback. He guarantees that if any team does, they will be rewarded.
So let me respectfully challenge Khan to consider these words from Dr. King: “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
All that is needed now is for the management of a football team to have the vision and faith to watch Tebow turn around the team. I guarantee they would see positive results. I have been an athlete all my life, being a six-time undefeated world middleweight champion in the martial arts, and I know a winner when I see one.
Whether or not teams listen to Chuck Norris’ advice (they most likely won’t) remains to be seen. Unfortunately, it’s this type of spotlight Tebow brings that will likely keep him off of a roster this year.