Tim Tebow is back in the NFL.
He was immediately hit with detractors as soon as his comeback attempt was announced.
But the top NFL draft pick had two words for Tebow that drove haters crazy.
Tim Tebow’s pursuit of a Major League Baseball career.
His baseball journey stopped at the Double A level, which is impressive considering he hadn’t played competitive baseball since he was in high school.
Now Tebow is back in the NFL for a tryout with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a tight end.
Current players, sports commentators, and even former teammates have already thrown Tebow under the bus.
But perhaps Tebow’s most important teammate is a fan.
Number one overall NFL draft pick Trevor Lawrence said Tebow “looks great.”
The early praise from teammates must stick in the craw of Tebow’s haters.
“He’s just a guy that you want to be around. Character is awesome. Had a few conversations with him and I can already tell, and [he’s] just a hard worker. No one is going to work harder than him. Those are the kind of guys you want in your locker room and you want to be around every day. And then I’m excited to see what he can do on the field as well. We got in a few days and he looks great. He’s in awesome shape.”
Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer—who was Tebow’s head coach at the University of Florida where they won two national championships together—also had positive words for his former quarterback.
“Oh, Tim has done a decent job. We all know this is a new position for him. He’s a great teammate. In the locker room, I can see everybody getting along. We have good chemistry on our team. But he’s picked it up decently.”
Early returns for Tebow are optimistic, but he still has a tough hill to climb in order to make the 53-man roster.
Tebow turns 34 this year, so the team may opt to go with a younger developmental player at the position.
Regardless of what happens, Tebow’s determination cannot be questioned.
Most professional athletes wouldn’t put themselves out there like that, especially when they don’t need to do so financially.
Tebow has been able to carve out a niche as a film and television producer as well as a broadcaster.
As America becomes more secular and hostile toward Christianity, it seems only natural that antipathy toward Tebow would follow.
He wears his faith on his sleeve, and that rubs a lot of people the wrong way, particularly amid the very liberal sports media.
If Tebow makes the final roster, he will have completed a wild journal from Heisman Trophy winner to playoff-winning quarterback to minor league outfielder to tight end in the NFL.
Tebow is getting the chance to play in front of his hometown fans, so he has a lot of locals pulling for him.