It almost pains me to watch
Because, chances are, he will fail again and further undercut a legacy that deserves better.
A low point came this week when Tebow was ripped by, of all people, a kicker.
Former NFL extra-point ace
We all know Tebow’s latest comeback, with the
It’s fueled even more, probably, by the ego of Eagles Coach Chip Kelly, out to prove he can salvage an entire depth chart of former collegiate quarterback stars:
It has always bothered me a bit, as a college football writer, that greatness is too often measured by how well a quarterback pans out in the NFL.
The more Tebow fails as a pro, and is ridiculed by extra-point kickers, the more his collegiate legacy may be marginalized.
Tebow's failure in the pros should not undermine the brilliance he brought to the game of football.
It takes a certain skill set, and mind-set, to make it as a pro.
Running a transformative offense in college does not always translate professionally. The things that get you famous in college — running the ball — get you killed in the NFL.
So, before Tebow's latest effort is lampooned, let's salute the best college quarterbacks who didn't quite make the transition.
Here are my favorites since I arrived on the scene in 1995.
1: Tommie Frazier (Nebraska). He remains the greatest college quarterback I have covered. Frazier ran Tom Osborne's option offense to near-perfection in leading Nebraska to national titles in 1994 and 1995.
2: Tim Tebow (Florida). His touchdown-to-interception passing ratio was 88 to 16, with 57 rushing touchdowns. Take a second look at his fourth-quarter performance against
5: Cade McNown (UCLA). Four-year starter who nearly led the Bruins to the first
8: Oregon quarterbacks. (Akili Smith, Joey Harrington,
10: Chris Weinke (Florida State). A big-armed former minor league baseball player who led the Seminoles to a perfect season in 1999. Also won the