As I said, I’m not convinced that Tebow is going to be a great QB in the NFL. In fact, I think he COULD develop into a decent QB who puts in a couple of good years but otherwise becomes more of a role player who helps teams in other ways and even plays in other positions besides QB. I want him to succeed as a citizen, and if he succeeds in the NFL it’s a bonus.
That said, Brian Phillips concisely summarizes the anti-Tebow movement:
Somewhere within all our reptilian hearts lurks an instinct for trial-by-combat. This instinct tells us that when a person is strongly associated with an idea, we can use that person’s success or failure within the sphere of competitive athletics as a legitimate indication of the quality of the idea. Did the green knight kill the blue knight? Then the queen must be innocent!
Ultimately, I think they want him to fail personally, not just professionally. Toward that end, Tebow must be sober-minded–if he is not already–about what is really important. He’s in combat, but it’s not merely athletic in nature. In fact, the athletic end is probably going to be the easy part.
He must take some hard lessons from those before him–Erving, Payton, McNair, Barry Sanders–who were otherwise outspoken Christians who compromised themselves with sex scandals, and learn from those before him who were known for their integrity and fidelity (Roger Staubach, Lou Gehrig).
Personally, I think Tebow should do the following on the personal front:
(1) If he’s marriage-minded, establish a good network of family and friends and seek a wife. Get married sooner rather than later.
(2) To REALLY piss off the media: once he gets married, tear a page from the Lou Gehrig playbook: (a) take her with him on road trips, and (b) refuse interviews with reporters who are known for cheating on their spouses.
On the NFL front, he needs to keep working hard. There’s plenty of room in the NFL for decent players–especially those who are really good citizens–who work hard and keep their noses clean.
If he ever plays in a Pro Bowl or gets a Super Bowl ring, it’s a bonus.