Monday, December 7, 2009

Tebow Legacy Hurt By Alabama Loss?

"Some people asked me Saturday night if the loss to Alabama was going to hurt the legacy of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Not a chance. We will look back at Tebow’s time at Florida, which included two SEC championships, two national championships and a Heisman Trophy, and realize that he was one of the greatest players we have seen. No, he didn’t have the storybook ending with another trip to the national championship game. But that is what we love about sports. You don’t get to write your own ending like they do in the movies. There is a Mount Rushmore of SEC football and it includes Archie Manning (with a notation for his offspring), Herschel Walker, and Bo Jackson. Tim Tebow has now joined them."

-- Tony "Mr. College Football" Barnhart, on Tim Tebow's legacy.

I'm not quite sure I agree with Barnhart's assessment. Oh, I agree that Tebow is on the SEC Mount Rushmore -- hell, I think he's on the all-time college football Mount Rushmore, SEC or otherwise.

And I also agree that we will remember the titles and awards, in the same way we'll remember the other defining moments, like the Jump Pass, or the off-field mythologies that are infused into his larger legacy as a player.

But Barnhart is wrong that fans will simply dismiss Saturday as just another loss. It was a career-defining loss -- not the only career-defining moment in his career, by any stretch, but among them.

And you simply can't discount the "championship or fail" expectations from this season and the related stakes for the game, and how it WAS a failure. Not Tebow's failure alone, but something he will own for the same reason he would have owned the success.

4 comments:

  1. I think the problemis that everyone is focusing on this one loss as being the end of Tim Tebow. C'mon. IF you look as his cumulative career at the college level, there are few who can compare. Add to that, the fact that he has brought excitement to college football, his accomlishments in leading his team, the fact that he has beena team leader. Tim Tebow has been so much more than a quarterback. The national media has completely miseed this aspect of his college career. Much is made about his spirituality, and he has been knocked for that. This guy is someone,who irregardless of his religion, is actually someone who can be looked to as a role model, unlike so many of the prima-donna, selfish ochocinco's of the sports world. Is Tebow without faults? Of course not, but college football is a better entity because of him. I attended the event when he said he would be back--the place exploded with cheers. To call his legacy based on the outcome of one game is silly, and reminiscent of the reason why sports journalism has become senationalistic crap--anything to get a headline. Give him, the respect he deserves. He is one of the gretaest college players of a ll time., not because of his stats (which are tremendous), but because he loves football...plain and simple.

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  2. The funny thing is that even if Tebow singlehandidly beat Alabama again, the people who hate him still would have just said Tebow was LUCKY to be on such a talented team. It really doesn't matter what Tebow does in one or two games.. or even one or two seasons. To be a truly great football player Tebow has to have a great at NFL career also. Tebow's unconventional/revolutionary style makes him even more suspect as a college player.

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  4. Points per SEC game in 2008: 43.3.
    Points per SEC game in 2009: 26.0.

    17.3 points per game drop-off without Harvin. 17.3.

    Want to take any bets on whether Florida's offense puts up better than 26.0 points per SEC game next year without Tebow?

    Mount Rushmore? Sure. Whatever. And what a joke.

    Herschel Walker didn't have a Harvin. Vince Young didn't have a Harvin. Bo Jackson didn't have a Harvin.

    And they didn't fonking cry after every single loss.

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