Do you remember when Matt Hasselbeck said, “We want the ball and we’re going to score!” during overtime of the 2003 Wildcard game against the Green Bay Packers? He never ended scoring in OT, but after that season — we all knew we had a quarterback for years to come and more importantly a leader here at the Seattle Seahawks. To have an unwary confidence in your leader that everytime he takes the field, you always think you have a chance to win. Unfortunately, I don’t have the same feeling with Tavaris Jackson today, but I don’t doubt they’re feeling it in Denver with Tim Tebow.
I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t believe this whole Tebow Time hype — I actually hate it. Does he have the best throwing mechanics? Is he just a running back who knows how to throw? Whatever your criticism is about him, you have got to concede…the guy knows how to win. He’s done it in sun in Florida, and now he’s doing it a mile high in Denver. The biggest characteristic I see about him is the belief. It’s not even about his religion, it’s about everyone around him. From his teammates and coaches to upper management and the fans, they all have this belief they’ll win the game when he takes the field.
Whether he’s the leader the Broncos has been looking for or not, Tim Tebow is bringing a feeling to Denver hasn’t had since John Elway. He’s definitely no Elway, but that’s not important. He’s undoubtedly made everyone around him better one way or another. If you look at it, it’s really about his teammates who’ve made plays. Are people talking about the shut down defense from Champ Bailey? How about the play from Demaryius Thomas with over 200 receiving yards? Or even Matt Prater making those two 50+ field goals earlier this season. Those are the people who really should get the praise, but maybe Tebow is just the poster boy for the success of everyone around him.
I’ve been lucky enough to join some companies that have had that same type of feeling. My career has been a roller coaster, with it’s necessary peaks and valleys. And when you hit those valleys a company, you’re going to need a leader you can just believe in. A person you know without a shadow of a doubt will give you this belief that you’ll pull through. The feeling that you’re going to win. You need that, and my goal is to be that for the company I’m in or the company I’ll eventually start.
I’ll leave you with Tebow’s stat line against the Steelers:
316 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 50 yards, and 1 touchdown.
P.S. For the record, I think the Broncos lose next week. Tom Brady is just a machine.