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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Osi Umenyiora: The league would be better if players were more like Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow is the center of a lot of criticism both on and off the field. Off the field, people take issue with the way he talks about religion and have accused him of jamming it down the throats of others. On the field, it has been said that Tebow is not an NFL quarterback and lacks the proper mechanics needed to ever become an effective passer at the NFL level. However, Osi Umenyiora would tell you that the Jets backup is a tremendous role model for players across the league.

“I know everybody likes to make fun of Tim Tebow, talk about him, but he sets an outstanding example,” Umenyiora said Tuesday according to Newsday. “I think if more people would focus and try to be like him and carry themselves the way he does, I think this league could be better.”

In particular, Umenyiora isĀ referringĀ to the more than 30 players who were arrested this offseason. Considering these are all professional football players with tremendous jobs and plenty to lose, that seems like an insanely high number. Several players like Kenny Britt and Marshawn Lynch have been arrested for DUI while others like Dez Bryant have gotten themselves into more complicated trouble with the law.

One anonymous player from the Lions even acknowledged that Detroit is becoming a joke across the NFL because of the number of players they have had in handcuffs. It’s obvious players either feel invincible or can’t help but get into trouble. While Tebow is criticized for a number of things, I’d bet my entire bank account he’ll never be in trouble with the law. Whether you’re a fan of him or not, Osi is right that other players could benefit from being more like Tebow.

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