The two-time NCAA National Champion, 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, and first-round draft in 2010, Tim Tebow, is getting another shot to play football again in the National Football League (NFL).
However, Tim Tebow’s return to the NFL has been met with criticism after fans and former players voice their displeasure that Tebow is receiving another shot while Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned.
What makes Black people upset about Tim Tebow signing in NFL is not just the NFL itself & hypocrisy of Colin Kaepernick’s blackballing vs Tebow’s unlimited privilege, it’s the burden of feeling we have to beat back every single cultural fight to preserve rights in our real lives
— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@exavierpope) May 11, 2021
So Tim Tebow hasn’t played football in 9 years and gets signed to play a position he’s never played?!!
Colin Kaepernick took his team to the Super Bowl and takes a knee for social injustice and is blackballed from the @NFL?!
— KID VICIOUS🔪 (@kirkacevedo) May 11, 2021
Tebow previously played Quarterback (QB) for the Denver Broncos from 2010-2011. He also played for the New York Jets in 2012. Tebow moved on to play baseball in the minor leagues as an outfielder. It’s been nearly a decade since Tim Tebow last started in an NFL game.
Despite his short career in the NFL, Tebow made a name for himself on and off the field. His devotion to the Christian faith, superb analyst commentary abilities, and excellent leadership skills.
Even though Tebow seems like a great fit for any team, everyone is not so excited about him getting another opportunity in the NFL.
The idea that Tebow is “mocked for his faith” is a fallacy. NFL teams never punished him for it, in fact, many front offices embraced him for it. Large swaths of the fan base did the same.
If you want to talk about someone truly ostracized for his beliefs see Kaepernick, Colin. https://t.co/t2Wz0uTlMe
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) May 11, 2021
Some point out the fact that Tebow has had multiple chances to prove that his skill level is worthy of playing for the NFL. And with that, he could potentially be taking a spot from a young, aspiring, hard-working, undrafted free agent. In addition, arguments over whether double standards arise from allowing Tim Tebow a chance before Colin Kaepernick.
Although many will argue that Tebow has been out of the league much longer than Kaepernick, it still does not dismiss the fact that he has always been an exceptional athlete who is willing to be versatile. Some may even argue that Kaepernick may have been given more chances than Tebow or any other former athlete.
In November of 2019, Kaepernick upset the NFL greatly when, according to their statement, abruptly changed the location of his planned NFL workout. Kaepernick also wanted the media to attend. A back and forth between the football star and the NFL ensued, heightening tensions on both sides. The NFL appeared to be fed up with Kaepernick after this incident.
The former 49ers quarterback hasn’t played in the league since January 2017. He claims he was “blackballed” from the league for kneeling during the national anthem. Kaepernick claims this was done as a symbol of protest against police brutality and racism. He then sued the NFL for colluding to keep him out of the league, and the two sides settled in February 2017.
There’s no way you can tell me that Tim Tebow deserves to be on a team as an unproven tight end who hasn’t played in 9 years more than Colin Kaepernick. There’s just no way that’s gonna make sense.
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) May 10, 2021
For Tebow, his career in sports did not end after his time on the field. He instead stayed in close connection with the game of football while also staying in excellent condition in hopes of playing professional sports again.
His connection to the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach, Urban Myers, may also have impacted his return to the NFL.
According to reports, Meyer’s relationship with Tim Tebow dates back to Tebow’s days at Nease High School, where Meyer recruited him to sign with the University of Florida, where he went on to win 2 BCS National Championships. It has also been reported that Meyers recently purchased a new house in Jacksonville near Tebow’s home.
Regardless of other factors in this situation, the media and leftists would love to use these as examples of “white privilege.” Instead, this is a testament to what can happen if you stay patient, work hard, and have a positive attitude. The opportunity to play in the NFL is a privilege, not a right.