Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 5/23/13
Tim Tebow has friends in high places. You already knew that. But did you realize that Tebow even has martial artist, actor, and all-around badass Chuck Norris on his side? If you didn’t know before, you do now. Norris wrote a lengthy essay for News Busters, a site whose mission is to expose and combat “liberal media bias.” In the column, Norris called Tebow a “winner” and argued why the currently unemployed player deserves another shot to lead an NFL team as a quarterback. He even advocated for the Jacksonville Jaguars to sign the former Heisman Trophy winner. Norris started off by attacking the shuffling quarterback mentality the New York Jets and by bashing Tebow’s critics: Personally, I think the formula of rotating quarterbacks is ultimately a recipe for disaster. That system never works. There can only be one quarterback leading the team. As the old adage goes, anything with more than one head is a monster. I’ve heard the so-called critics say Tebow has poor technical skills, but the truth is that Tim is a natural-born leader, an amazingly gifted football player, an inspiration to his team and the possessor of intense determination and strategy to bring any team to victory – no matter what the odds. One can improve technique, but leadership is innate. That is why I believe Tebow could be a super star and legend in the NFL. Norris cited analysis from Akbar Gbajabiamila and Michael Strahan to support his theory about Tebow having intangible qualities. He then argued for a team to give Tebow a shot at quarterback the way the Denver Broncos did. Tebow has proven that he plays with all heart, and his hard work and determination is unprecedented. Tebow is a player who rises to the occasion and delivers big in critical game moments. He reminds me of myself when I used to compete in martial arts. I would spar with my black belts in class, and sometimes they would outscore me. Yet in the tournaments, I would defeat them. My students used to ask me, “Why can we contend equally against you in class, but we can’t beat you in the tournaments?” My answer was always the same, “When it counts, I rise to the occasion.” Norris said the Jags should sign Tebow and cited the Florida native’s high school and collegiate ties to the area. He even said Tebow could turn the Jags into a championship team! “Tim could help turn the mediocre team into a championship one. Tebow works miracles on the field, and his inclusion would embolden the spirit of the Jaguars among the team and fans.” What was Norris’ inspiration for writing the column? I have no idea. But I do know that he and Tebow share one awesome thing in common: they each have a random awesome facts website about them (Tebow’s | Norris’). Between Norris and actor Josh Duhamel, it’s pretty obvious that few have the kind of pull in Hollywood that Tebow does. That’s part of the reason why teams are afraid of adding him to their roster; they don’t want this type of response. H/T Dan Hanzus

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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