VANCOUVER, March 24, 2012—Just when we thought Tebow-mania had been put on hold for a few months and New York’s Linsanity had faded from the sports mega superstar status, in steps Peyton Manning dumped by the Indianapolis Colts after 14 years of pure football genius. The sports world took another step in putting athletic figures on the irresistible pedestal.
The continuance of Manning’s spectacular career as a four-time MVP and a Super Bowl winner with the Indianapolis Colts launched the preverbal carousal of player movement.
The sports world held its collective breath as Peyton sought a new stage for his incredible talents. Would it be the Dolphins, Titans, 49ers, or even the Denver Broncos? Rather than entering a circus-like atmosphere of pandering to any and all teams, he vowed only to work out for teams he was specifically interested in. The 49ers quarterback, nervous about the possibility of competing with Peyton for San Francisco’s starting quarterback position, flirted with signing with the Miami Dolphins.
Indianapolis Colts owner, Jim Irsay, criticized for benching Peyton to prevent a perfect season in 2009, felt comfortable in releasing his star quarterback for a draft that would bring him Andrew Luck or RGIII. The revolving door of player movement was under way.
Manning chose the Denver Broncos and quickly signed a five-year 96 million dollar contract. That could have been the end of the story—but for Tim Tebow. The Broncos popular and electrifying quarterback suddenly became expendable. Before the ink was dry on the Peyton contract the once Denver rock-star-like celebrity was on his way to the Jets in the Big Apple.
New York had its second bigger-than-life star. Tim Tebow, the football star, joined Jeremy Lin, the basketball hero, to become the core of the Big Apple’s sports world. Their stories are similar in that they both have become worldwide sports heroes and have claimed the attention of the media. In addition they are both outspoken Christians. Rarely do vocal Christians gain such positive attention from fans and the media—that would seem to be even rarer when one considers the rabid New York fans.
The question now is how will Tebow fit into the Jets’ quarterback picture? Current starting quarterback Mark Sanchez once compared with New York super star Joe Namath, must be looking over his shoulder at the new acquisition. Will the competition enhance Sanchez’s growth and development as the Jet’s future quarterback, or will the chants “Tebow, Tebow, Tebow” after Sanchez goes three and out on two consecutive drives turn into a controversy?
There have been questions about the abilities of both players to thrive successfully at the quarterback position. Will Tebow be satisfied in a role as a short yardage wildcat package or will his competitive spirit push Sanchez for the starting position. Whether it is a good football move or not we will wait and see, but it has already become a Jets marketing and public relations bonanza.
How will ‘saint” Tebow react to his first encounter with the infamous potty mouth coach Rex Ryan? Will Tim “tebow” as he bows in prayer for Rex?
The Big Apple now has Linsanity and Tebow-mania. One thing is for sure New York is better for having sports heroes who are some of the finest Christian athletics in America—men that fathers would like to have their daughters marry and role models their children can look up to. Fans won’t stay up at night worrying about their heroes arrested for drugs nor toting firearms. The locker rooms will not be disrupted by the presence of Lin and Tebow. How long will they survive under New York’s constant media and fan scrutiny? Perhaps this will be a real test to their Christian character.
As for you, Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin, don’t let the lure of that “Big Apple” corrupt you. Adam and Eve did and look what happened to them!
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