A couple of weeks ago, Western Journalism reported on the published opinion of a sports writer in the City of Brotherly Love who called Tim Tebow “the most polarizing Philadelphia Eagle.” Judging from the fan reaction to Tebow’s entry into the team’s first pre-season game on Sunday, that writer may want to reevaluate his cynical assessment of the quarterback who’s vying for a spot on the team’s 53-man roster.
Playing in his first NFL game in two years, the Christian QB who quietly but proudly displays his unwavering faith returned to action in the third quarter of the Eagles game against the Indianapolis Colts, and the hometown crowd gave him a roaring reception as they celebrated Tebow Time in Philly. Tebow had to wave his arms to request the appreciative fans cool it long enough for him to communicate signals at the line of scrimmage.
USA Today characterized Tebow’s play as “uneven,” saying that the quarterback who has worked diligently to improve his throwing motion as well as his overall game savvy “showcased some of the traits that made him a 2010 first-round draft pick but also plenty of the bad habits that have undermined his career.”
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But Tebow did show his strength and power as he ran four times for 15 yards and carried the ball with confidence as he dove into the end zone for a Philadelphia touchdown. Not only did the crowd react positively to Tebow’s return, so did the one man whose opinion may count the most as to whether Tebow makes the team – Head Coach Chip Kelly. The USA Today article quotes Kelly, who referred to his player with a familiarity that might just reflect a fondness for Tebow.
“I liked how Timmy threw it,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said after the game. “I know that’s the big concern with everybody coming in, (wondering) has he really changed? And I think his sequencing is better, and he’s got his feet underneath him. When the guys ran the right routes and he had an opportunity to throw the football, I thought he threw the ball really well.”
With characteristic optimism and joy for the game, Tebow expressed his gratitude after he got the chance to help lead the Eagles to a 36-10 victory. BizPac Review quotes Tebow on his post-game reflections:
“It’s very humbling. It definitely means a lot,” he said of the ovation.
“Seeing the end zone and fighting to get in,” he added. “I’ve been blessed to have a few opportunities in my life.”