Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Does Tim Tebow Care About Late Hits?

As the Nick Williams late-hit on Tim Tebow from Saturday eclipses Brandon Spikes' eye-gouge, apparently Tebow does NOT care about late hits:

That's something that you don't need to talk about. People, they want to do whatever they can to get an edge and that's happened a lot in college football and it happens more than people think. It's just something you deal with, and something I've dealt with for four years. It's not something that I feel like I need to talk about or converse about because it's not … I love playing college football.

I've never retaliated. Sometimes I'll make a joke or something or put my hand up (after a dirty hit) and ask them to help me up. And, you know, they're thinking, 'Why would he ask me to help him up?' Then they'll just walk away. Most of time, they never help me up. I actually think it irritates them a lot, too. But I just laugh and walk away.

I have my teammates help me up and get ready to go play another play. I'll never let that get under my skin. You've got to do a lot more than that to hurt me or dim my spirits. If anything, it will just fuel me a little bit more because I know if you have to do something like that, you're already really, really, really worried.

I love that he puts his hand up to ask for his opponents to help him up after plays where he thinks that they have done something... unsporting.

In the end, the "routine" dirty plays are a little like holding -- if you wanted to call something, you could do it on almost every play (but wouldn't you want refs focused on other penalties?) It's part of the game. You hope players will compete with some level of sportsmanship, but you understand that they sometimes will not.

The best policy is Tebow's: Understand that it happens. Don't let it get under your skin. Don't retaliate. Kill 'em with kindness.

1 comment:

  1. I love the same detail you do, that he asks for opponents to help him up. That's so Tebow.