â†µI want an edge on him, I really do. I'd like to have something grating â†µso I can at least turn him into something three-dimensional. Superman â†µbores you with relentless perfection, while Batman compels through his faults, his neuroses, his fears. â†µSuperman doesn't make for great writing, for conflict, for doubt and â†µstruggle. Tebow's not perfect, but he's as close as a football player â†µcomes to it by the age of 22, winning two national titles as a player â†µand accepting--nay, encouraging a level of public involvement with his â†µoff-field life unseen in any amateur athlete in recent memory. â†µâ†µ
â†µIt has been said before that it is an extraordinary load for one â†µperson, and that it takes an extraordinary person to bear this load, â†µand Tim Tebow is awesome blah blah ad infinitum. It bears repeating, â†µthough: the amount he shoulders as one 22-year-old is incredible, â†µespecially when you compare it to what you were doing at the same age. â†µHe takes an entire slot at SEC Media Days on par with the coaches â†µafter four coaches and holds the floor as well or better than any of â†µthem did, and parried reporters' queries with the ease of a seasoned â†µpolitico--and minus the disconcerting smarm. â†µâ†µ
â†µHe even happily admitted he was a virgin. Yes, Clay Travis asked it, a â†µquestion you either think is a) the biggest single invasion of a â†µplayer's privacy to date in college athletics, or b) a solid question â†µgiven his open declaration of faith as a very conservative Christian. â†µEven at what could potentially be the most squeamish moment of the â†µday, Tebow sailed through it without hesitation or unease, and turned â†µaround by redirecting it towards his favorite topic, his own faith and â†µdetermination to preach it to others. You may not be comfortable with â†µhis evangelizing. As someone who fears stepping in a church due to the â†µrisk of fiery bolts of lightning striking him dead, believe me: I â†µempathize with you. â†µâ†µ
â†µThe nifty, effortless moves in the pocket no matter the question, â†µthough? That you must admire in the end. Two years ago, as a sophomore, â†µLSU fans acquired Tebow's cellphone number prior to the game. They â†µleft death threats on his phone. I asked him at the press conference â†µwhether we should pass it out in advance to LSU fans, or whether we â†µshould just wait and see if they find it on their own. He laughed, and â†µsaid "Sure, it's 3-5-2..." Then he trailed off, said LSU fans would be â†µrowdy and moved to the next question like a candidate in full â†µcampaign mode. If the BCS really does come down to skilled â†µpoliticking, Mack Brown has a young rival waiting in the wings wearing No. 15. â†µâ†µ
â†µAnd if his answer to a certain question today is accurate, Brown can't â†µhope for a sex scandal to derail Tebow's campaign. â†µâ†µ
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