First, let me clarify; Tim Tebow does not deserve to be the Most Valuable Player. He does, however, deserve to be in the conversation.
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Sure, Aaron Rodgers is more than likely set to win this award already. Sure, Tom Brady's stats look great, as do Drew Brees'. Even Cam Newton's numbers are off the charts, for that matter. But putting a team on your back, working your tail off to prove everyone (even in your own organization) wrong, while earning the respect of the veterans of your own team - man, that doesn't just happen because you're the quarterback. It happens when you're a valuable QB. Watch Tebow's teammates after a win or after he leads a scoring drive. Brian Dawkins and Champ Bailey, two captains who are hard to please, are the first players to celebrate with Tebow when he reaches the sidelines. That's a valuable player.
The most valuable player? Why not? Since the Broncos started the season 1-4, Tebow has done nothing but prove his doubters wrong. In seven games, he's rushed for nearly half Willis McGahee's rushing total and is just one touchdown behind Willis' season total. And Willis is having a solid year. Tebow's only thrown 10 touchdowns, but who cares? The Broncos are winning. Plus, if you compare his 10 touchdowns to only 1 interception, his touchdown to interception ratio is the best in the league!
Rodgers, Brady and Brees have to throw the ball to win, but the Broncos don't. So what that the team is last in passing yards, the Broncos now lead the NFL in rushing. Last I checked, if you can win the battle in the trenches, you can win almost any game, plus you get to keep your defense off the field. It's genius, and Vince Lombardi would be proud.
As someone who played football at the collegiate level, I can say that defending a versatile quarterback is just as difficult as defending any offensive scheme. How do you stop him? Well, you don't - you just try to manage him. When Tebow drops back to pass, defenders have to honor his arm because he can throw. But when those defenders drop back, it gives Tebow just enough space to run if he wants. He doesn't have to force throws, he just does what he can. And what he's done so far is win.
Sure, it isn't just Tebow who has helped the Broncos. Willis McGahee is having a great season - but even he hasn't surpassed 900 rushing yards. Eric Decker looks great with 8 touchdown receptions, but he only has 39 total receptions. However, nobody complains about Rodgers having help from the fifteen or so awesome receivers he has to throw to when he accepts the MVP trophy. Nobody cares about Wes Welker catching 110 of Tom Brady's passes when he wins the MVP trophy. So don't give me all that "team effort" crap.
Tebow led two (FREAKING TWO!) 4th quarter drives this Sunday to beat the Vikings. Did he throw the whole time? Nope. However, did the Broncos have any issue moving the ball down the field? Nope.
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The majority of you who hate him can't even come up with any intelligent reason as to why you hate him. The response I typically get on Twitter is, "He's not a traditional QB". Great. Neither was Hall of Famer Steve Young, who rushed for over 4,200 yards in his career (also see Randall Cunningham and Michael Vick). Next? "He's too outspoken about his faith". And? This keeps him from being a good player? Young was an outspoken Mormon, but nobody cared about where he stood with his beliefs. Leonard Little took a person's life and fewer people hate him. And, last I checked, Tebow can play on Sundays which means this isn't actually hindering his game. Next?
Seriously, next? Bueller?
The reality is, most of you don't like Tebow because of his outspoken faith and you're just waiting like a vulture to pounce on him if he ever screws up. That's pretty sad. In fact, I bet if he were Muslim or Buddhist or Jewish, you wouldn't care. I bet if he acted like Ndomukong Suh, you wouldn't bat an eye. But hating on a guy who is great for society? Who also funds a freaking hospital?!
Yeah. That's just ignorant.