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Spirit of Excellence: Tim Tebow

Updated on January 19, 2013

Can't Quench the Fire

True Character Endures the Fire

The recent flurry over Peyton Manning in Denver is ridiculous evidence that America is too busy living through celebrity lives rather than focusing on their own "lesser important" ones. Media infatuation with overpaid athletes has no relativity to real life for the working class American, and rarely is the character of such primadonnas examined. With the exception of Tim Tebow and those like him, it truly is all meaningless, and many athletes could care less about anyone but themselves or they would be giving instead of taking.

After watching the final 2012 season Broncos and Patriots game, and seeing the brute force as the brute force as the Patriots battered the Broncos around on the field. I was told they had a 1,700 lb advantage over the Broncos by virtue of player weight. That kind of stuff doesn't impress me much. I prefer character and real talent.

You see, I am not impressed by power or control being through physical force. It repulses me, as does cage fighting, roller derby brutality and street fights on YouTube. Granted, each of them has their own following, however, I am a peacemaker by nature. In my opinion, these events glorify violence and maximize the bullies, in fact, they are merely paid shows of force.

Having been subject to bullying at numerous times during my life, I run from those types. I could never play football, for that reason alone. In fact until last year, it would have been rare for me to watch football, because I don't like to see people get hurt. I understand it's part of the game, but the reason I watched was the unfolding of a role model, that of Tim Tebow.

People are on the news daily for use of excessive force, and I was surprised when the Broncos player who was necessarily penalized ran up and slammed a Patriot. I guess I can assume that it was retaliatory, since you see alot more of what goes on when you get the replays. You know what I mean? They scare me, primarily because my mind wanders to what kind of real aggressive personality lies behind all that fury.

Now I am not saying that is true of every player, but it seems to be really popular for some people to do that kind of stuff in everything they do. We pay big money to see this stuff, after all. They get paid by the people we give our money to. They get paid more money in a year than most people see in a lifetime.

Here's the kicker. I am troubled by all that, but there were things I saw last night that really bothered me more than just big guys on the football field. It was the contrast between the quarterback for the Broncos and the quarterback for the Patriots.

It actually happened after the game. Tim Tebow enthusiastically looking to congratulate the team that hammered them all night, namely Tom Brady and his coach. Here's the disturbing part for me. Tom Brady in all his self-serving arrogance, not only avoided him, he intentionally didn't allow it to happen. I am sure he will have an excuse, but hello big boy, that is good sportsmanship.

Watching the end of the Superbowl equalized it all, as Tom Brady was forced into submission and ate his prideful words for the last time this year. Even his Justin Bieber haircut couldn't make him look good or save him from the precision plays of New York's team. I cheered and I carried on, even though I am not that into football. Again, no one noticed, except the sportscasters, Brady couldn't bring himself to be the better man and congratulate the winning quarterback, AGAIN! Too bad dude!

Something you may want to think about Mr. Brady during this off season: being a good quarterback doesn't prove you have class. . You have lost the respect of at least a million fans, not that you care. Your little "pretended oversight" which sportscasters and writers circulated around the globe in less that 30 minutes after the game cost you something. Respect, not that you care. You have money, you have fame, you have status, why you just may be the king of the hill. For a few more minutes, anyway.

After you lose your next game, and all of your seasons are over, that's what people will remember and talk about. The fact that you couldn't be bothered. We saw you and your buddy the bruiser, who set all the records that quite possibly will be broken in the next few years by players with far more talent than you. You made sure it was just the two of you with only the two of you so the camera could get your big head in. We know how you roll.

Perhaps you are jealous because Tim Tebow got so much attention all season and prior to the game. Maybe that just reflects the shallowness of your life and the fact that you can't be bothered by your own fans wanting to be in touch with you, you prefer worship. So enjoy your short-lived celebration, and in ten years when the whole world has put you on the back shelf with all your trophies because you had no character or integrity, maybe you will have time for something besides yourself.


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    • SimpleGiftsofLove profile image

      SimpleGiftsofLove 6 years ago from Colorado

      Thank you James, it was disheartening to watch how concerned Tim was to do the right thing, and how blatantly he was being avoided by the two "stars?" which included Brady. They wanted to make sure all the focus was on them and they took all the credit for the win. Brady may make it to the Hall of Fame for his skills, but integrity of character and good manners isn't a part of most of American Football. Perhaps as Tebow continues to be a faithful witness, the others might learn humility is the stairway to real success. It matters who you are more than what you do. Always!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      I did not watch the game nor did I hear about this. That is a shame what happened afterwards. A snub.

      Thank you for this excellent reportage. I enjoyed your article very much. And I totally agree with you. :-)

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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Your words ring so true

      they cut so deep

      we may be sad

      but we will never be blue

      Two different men they are

      one was brought up with respect and honor

      he is a rising star

      the other is great now

      but without respect

      his memory is shallow and how.

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 6 years ago from Colorado

      Sue, thank you for commenting, you are right. They tweeted about it around the world. Then in his interview, of course, Tebow said graciously when they asked the question about what Brady said to him after the game(which is the winning quarterback's responsibility to thank the losing team)"Actually, I never got to talk to him". That's what prompted the article, because after each game I watch, I look to see what takes place during these moments. Tebow is teachable and that will always be his strength. His graciousness will prepare his way along with his selflessness. Too bad Brady missed his opportunity for a blessing from Tim.

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      Susan Holland 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      SGL, this is a great hub!! I am sure that Brady did ignore him on purpose out of jealousy. The shame of it is that Tebow, as a young player, probably looked up to Brady. That's okay, at least Tebow was being sincere in his congratulations. Brady, who was a golden boy, just showed his true colors.

      I am linking this to my Tebow hub. :-)