GAINESVILLE -- People ask me all the time: Will Tim Tebow play quarterback in the NFL? My stock answer: He'll get his shot.
That's all anyone can ask for, right -- a shot at quarterback in the NFL? Tebow will get his and what he does with that opportunity will determine whether or not he plays quarterback in the NFL. Simple as that.
But even if Tebow doesn't make it as a full-time quarterback in the NFL, he'll still be a dominant force in the league. Regardless of whether or not Tebow plays quarterback at the next level, the guy is going to have a long career in the NFL. How do I know this? Because after covering Tebow for nearly four years, I've come to this very simple reasoning in an attempt to quantify Tebow's greatness: Tim Tebow is better than your team's best player.
That's all you really need to know. You don't need to get hung up on the offense Tebow runs in college or his throwing mechanics or his lack of experience as a pocket passer or his wobbly spiral. All that stuff is nonsense and means nothing to me. (And don't even try and tell me that Tebow has a weak arm. He doesn't. Tebow has a cannon for an arm.) No, all you need to ask yourself to understand the rare talent of Tim Tebow is this simple question: Is your team's best player better than Tim Tebow? The answer is no.
Who's the second best player in the Southeastern Conference? Eric Berry at Tennessee, right? Is Tebow a better football player than Berry? Yes.
Tebow's stats are way down this year but he is running away with the Heisman Trophy. In a Heisman poll published Tuesday of 15 ESPN writers and analysts who cover college football, Tebow received 14 first place votes for the Heisman. LINK! Why? Because Tebow is better than your team's best player.
Quarterback Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame appears to be a candidate for the Heisman this season. Can you even mention Clausen in the same breath as Tebow? Nope.
What about Texas quarterback Colt McCoy? Well, put it this way. If Colt is a gunslinger, then Tebow is an AC-130 gunship.
[PICTURED, Tim Tebow dominating the battlefield.]
Alabama is ranked No.2 in the polls. Who is Alabama's best player? Linebacker Rolando McClain, right? If you're playing sandlot football and you've got the first pick, who you picking, McClain or Tebow? Yeah, Tebow, that's what I thought.
Here's all you need to know about Tebow. On Monday, I asked him some tough questions about running the Thundercat Offense.
ME: Tim, what are your thoughts on this [Thundercat] offense, because you're not really getting to throw the ball that often?
TIM: "Um, I think it's a good offense. I think we're 5-0 and I'm very happy with that. It doesn't matter if we score 13 points or two points as long as we, you know, win the game. That's all that matters and that's what I think we're trying to do right now -- is win games. Manage the offense and manage the team. Win games. That's my focus."
ME: As far as coming back for your senior year and hoping to prepare yourself for the NFL, maybe, you know, would you like to throw it around a little more?
TIM: "I don't think that's going to hurt me. Um, I don't think as far as -- um, you were saying NFL -- I don't think an NFL coach or a scout is going to say, 'Ah, you know, he did a bad job because he didn't throw.' No, he did what he was asked. They'll probably look at that and say, 'He did what he was asked to the best of his ability and he did it OK.' And that's what I'm hoping they'll say.
"I'm not too worried that I threw it 16 times or 62 times. I'm going to do whatever they call. Whatever I'm asked to do, I'm going to do it to the best of my ability and try to do it well."
Tebow is doing what he's asked better than anyone in the country. He is better than your team's best player.