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Tim Tebow Gets the Friar Tuck Haircut

We’ve already established that Tim Tebow was a certified pad carrier when it came to NFL rookie hazing, but now we know he also takes whatever they do to him like a champ. Giving rookies jacked up haircuts has become quite the trend amongst hazing rituals, and nothing compares to what the Jaguars did to their rookies. But as we found out via Sports by Brooks through LenDale White’s twitter account, messed up haircuts are the best when they’re administered to star players. Check out a picture of Tim Tebow’s new haircut from the rookie hazing:

Well, if there was one benefit from the Broncos signing LenDale White, this was it. He just earned his pay.

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Friar Tebow: Denver Rookie Gets Haircut Hazing [Sports by Brooks]
LenDale White on Twitter

Tim Tebow Sells. A Lot of Gear.

Knowing that Tim Tebow was one of the most famous players in college football history, it’s no surprise to see how popular he is as he makes his transition into the NFL. Tebow creates lines when he’s signing autographs (even at a cost of $100+ per signing), and his Denver Broncos jersey has been the league’s top seller. As if that wasn’t enough evidence, we’re discovering that pretty much any gear with his name attached will cause a frenzy.

Nike released 500 limited edition Tim Tebow cross training shoes on its online store and they sold out in 15 minutes. They also released the shoes at three different locations: Nike Town New York, Nike Town Denver, and the new Nike store in Santa Monica. According to a sales rep at the Nike store in Santa Monica, the shoes sold out within two hours of the doors opening Friday, which also happened to be the grand opening.

In an effort to keep the Tebow hunger alive, the nike store online scattered the release of the Tebow shoes and t-shirt. The “Tebow Knows” shirt was released later in the day Friday and is still available in XL and XXL sizes, although likely not for long. Maybe some commercials similar to Bo Knows are forthcoming, but the point is clear: Tim Tebow is one of the most popular athletes around and fans demand his stuff. I wonder how long this will last if Tebow’s NFL career becomes unsuccessful.

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No. 15 is the key in Tim Tebow Trainer 1.2 release [Only Gators]

No, Tim Tebow Did Not Help Nick Swisher Propose to Joanna Garcia

Tim Tebow may have saved the manatees and he may be able to touch MC Hammer, but he did not help Nick Swisher propose to girlfriend Joanna Garcia. In a wild rumor amongst rumors, Swisher’s wikipedia page suggests “Football player Tim Tebow assisted Swisher with requesting Garcia’s hand in marriage by speaking to her parents.” Rather than blaming wikipedia for the story, the onus is probably on this June story in the Orlando Sentinel.

Even if many of us have learned better than to simply trust wikipedia (or the Orlando Sentinel in this case), a writer for Florida Today either took the bait or thought this would make for a cute story. He approached Nick Swisher armed with the story in hand to give Swish a chance at denial. And did Swisher deny!

“I’m a man! I don’t need to do that! Where’d you hear that?”

“It’s on Wikipedia,” I said.

“Dude, you’re in the media. You know better than to believe Wikipedia.”

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Tim Tebow Carries the Shoulder Pads

Ever since there was much ado about Dez Bryant refusing to carry Roy Williams’ shoulder pads all rookies have been judged by the same standard: pad carrier or not? We already know that Dolphins rookie Travis Ivey is a card carrying member and now we know that Tim Tebow is also in the club. In a Denver Post article about whether or not Tebow will be active on gamedays via Ben Maller, a picture showed Tebow carrying two teammates’ gear off the practice field:

It’s amazing how something so routine as rookies carrying veterans’ shoulder pads has become a training camp storyline. Tebow obliged but that does not make him special. Rather, it just points out how different Dez was from mostly everyone else. People got on Dez for refusing but I still maintain that Roy Williams should have been carrying Dez’s pads.

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Tebow may force Broncos into making tough decisions on game day [Denver Post]
Broncos Tim Tebow deals with rookie hazing [Ben Maller]

Tim Tebow Can Mash Too?

Even though most of the top athletes in the country are multi-talented, they mostly concentrate on one sport these days. Gone are the times of Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson where a guy would pick up his bat and glove down one day and strap on the pads the next. Clemson quarterback and slugger Kyle Parker could follow in their footsteps but he’ll probably end up playing professional baseball and giving up football. The point is that even though many of these athletes are well-rounded, we only know about one side of them for the most part. That’s why it was so spectacular to see Saints quarterback Drew Brees belt home runs in a charity softball game; we just don’t get treated to the other side very often. Well apparently football hero Tim Tebow has a baseball side too.

Tim Tebow has been in Memphis trying to train for his upcoming football season. He’s been working out at a local Memphis high school to avoid drawing huge crowds and he even took batting practice with the Memphis University School baseball team one day. How did he do? Well the Memphis Commercial Appeal says Tebow hit 12 of the 15 pitches out. Wow. I figured Tebow would have good power at the plate, but to have the coordination to drop 12 of 15 bombs without even playing regularly? That’s impressive. I don’t think Tebow will be a successful NFL quarterback but I have plenty more respect for him as an athlete now.

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Tim Tebow brings magic to Memphis [Memphis Commercial Appeal]
Tim Tebow puts on a show in batting practice … like, for real [Hardball Talk]

Tebow Makes Sense For Broncos

The first-round of the 2010 NFL Draft has passed and some teams are being praised while others are being torn to shreds.  It comes as no surprise that the player generating the most buzz in the aftermath of Round 1 is none other than Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 25th overall pick.  I may be a part of the minority here, but I think Josh McDaniels and Denver made the right move.

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who could make an argument that any player in the draft cares more about football than Tim Tebow.  There’s no player who has shown that he’s more coachable or more willing to do whatever it takes to help a team win than Tebow.  Is some of this “intangible” stuff often overrated when discussing NFL prospects?  Certainly, but it’s worth mentioning when talking about a rare breed.  Just ask his former coach and he’ll tell you — Tim Tebow is special.

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Tim Tebow Understood Deonte Thompson’s ‘Real Quarterback’ Comment

A major stir was started in the college football world this week when a quote from Florida receiver Deonte Thompson made its way around the blogosphere and Florida coach Urban Meyer subsequently attacked the writer who reported it. Thompson was comparing the styles of new starting quarterback John Brantley with his predecessor, Tim Tebow. Though Thompson referred to Tebow as a legend, he described the obvious differences between the two — Tebow was a spread-option quarterback while Brantley’s a traditional pocket passer. Thompson was pleased that his stats were going to pick up and that he would have more of a role in the offense because of the new quarterback. The Palm Beach Post happened to catch up with Tim Tebow at a Boy Scout function and asked him for his response:

“I think (Thompson) was just saying how it is. (I) might be scrambling for a while, and throw it up to you. Brantley’s more of a guy who throws on timing. You know when it’s going to come there or it’s not going to come there. It’s how me and Brantley are. Just stating facts, I think.”

Exactly. Tebow gets it, I get it, most competent people should get it, why doesn’t Urban? Thompson was speaking the truth about the differences between Tebow and Brantley. The dude was viewed as a disappointment because his stats were lacking because of the type of offense they ran. Of course he’s excited to have a traditional quarterback than a running quarterback. Some reporters may have left the “real quarterback” aspect of Thompson’s quote out but Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel didn’t. Why should he have? And why did Urban Meyer attack him? Because most other reporters have been intimidated into protecting the athletes or chose not to hang Thompson out to dry which is how Urban wanted it.

No doubt that Meyer absolutely crossed the line but the question is why. In my opinion, the entire debate centers on one issue: people are eager to bash and find fault with Tim Tebow and will jump at any opportunity. Some do it by making fun of his low Wonderlic scores. Others, myself included, reproduce a Wonderlic prayer story that my have been false. What this entire issue boils down to is that Urban Meyer is very protective of Tim Tebow and doesn’t want anyone speaking about him negatively, even if their comments are true. Meyer took his anger out in the wrong way and on the wrong person. He should have known better.

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Commentary: Despite negativity in the air, Tim Tebow always plays the good scout [Palm Beach Post]