If we were to draw a line through the conscience of the NFL, on one end we would see Colin Kaepernick and Michael Vick competing for the title of league’s least desirable character, and on the other end we would see the persecution of Tim Tebow.
Tebow, who was one of the most talented and influential college quarterbacks in modern history, paved the way for this newfound age of the double-threat athlete in NCAA. When it came for the NFL, however, there seemed to be cold feet surrounding the all star from the University of Florida.
You see, with Tim Tebow comes Christ, and in heaping doses. This is something that made the mainstream media extremely uncomfortable, and, in turn, pushed a number of corporately-driven NFL teams to hesitate on Tim when it came time to complete their rosters. When Tebow was finally on the field, for an all-too brief time, he was pure magic.
Has he really deserved three years of exile to begin with? How many young quarterbacks in NFL history have gone 8-5 in their sophomore season, accounted for 366 yards and three touchdowns in a playoff win over the defending AFC champions, only to start ONE more game in the ensuing four years, despite being perfectly healthy?
It is ridiculous that it has gotten to this point for Tebow. His celebrity, as we all know, has become the cliche thing to point to as a main culprit. Teams seem to have no problem inviting the media buzzsaw when they sign players associated with actual crimes and/or very negative allegations. Why then, would Tebow’s star power, that’s not associated with crime or scandal, be such a red flag?
That was our thought exactly.
So Tim moved on. After a brief stint in television, the call of competition again became too strong for Tebow, who is currently taking a swing at a baseball career – pun intended – and his numbers are looking pretty darn impressive these days.
Tebow has been on a hot streak after a rough start with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
In fact, his numbers are now better than some “can’t miss” MLB prospects.
Heading into Thursday’s game, Tebow is hitting .250 with four home runs and 18 RBIs. He has a .328 on base percentage and a .429 slugging percentage, good for an OPS of .757.
Those stats aren’t spectacular, but they outshine the numbers of some of the Top 100 prospects in baseball.
Tebow’s OPS is better than Rangers minor leaguer Leody Taveras, ranked as the No. 31 prospect (.754); the Orioles’ Austin Hays, No. 35 (.640); the Yankees’ Estevan Florial, No. 41 (.706); the Blue Jays’ Anthony Alford, No. 43 (.358 in Triple-A); the Giants’ Heliot Ramos, No. 58 (.650); and the Marlins’ Monte Harrison, No. 66 (.743).
Those players are all outfielders, like Tebow, and almost all of them are playing in Double-A too.
So, will Tebow find himself in The Big Show anytime soon? Not if ultraliberal ESPN has anything to do with it. They wouldn’t be able to take the public pressure to report fairly and un-politically on the inspirational young man, especially given the emphasis put on his religious beliefs during his brief time the NFL.