Friday, January 7, 2011

The FRS Ad

The FRS Ad has hit some nerves.  Have a look at the ad first.




Let's start with the Heisman.  Several pundits, including Gainesville's own Pat Dooley, have questioned if "they" really thought Tim couldn't win a Heisman.  But even Urban Meyer didn't think Tim would win the Heisman the year he did.

A couple of hours before the announcement, Meyer stood in the lobby outside the theater, sounding like every nervous coach before kickoff.
"You think he's got a chance?" Meyer said.
Excuse me?
"The sophomore thing, I keep hearing," Meyer said. 
Urban Meyer undoubtedly thought Tim was deserving, but let's face it, Heisman voting can be more incredulous than Miss America beauty pageant voting.

Maybe Pat was confident Tim would win it as well but, interestingly, he chronicled all the obstacles Tim had to overcome to actually win it. (Aw c'mon Pat!)

It was closer than some of us thought it would be but it really wasn't close. In the end, it came down to all of the things that made Tebow special in 2007 — the numbers, the intangibles, the character.
He overcame the sophomore prejudice, overcame the “Look how smart I am” votes. He broke a couple of the “Heismandments” from heismanpundit.com and now looks to break another — that there never will be another two-time winner.

And what about the "they said I wouldn't get a D1 scholarship"?  Tebow was the Chosen One after all.
But not at Trinity Christian where he played on defense and as a tight end.  

At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Tim Tebow is a fast runner and an extremely accurate passer. He said he joined Nease's team when he learned Howard would be the coach. As a freshman, Tebow played linebacker and tight end for Trinity Christian, a private school in Jacksonville. Brother Peter, a senior that year, played outside linebacker.
"He wanted to be a quarterback," Peter Tebow said. "And they [Trinity Christian] had more of a running scheme."
That school's loss has been Nease's gain. And Tebow's, who credits Howard with much of his success.
"He has helped me out so much, taught me everything," he said. He said Nease has other great players too, including great receivers.

Remember that?  His not playing QB and Trinity's non-passing game is what caused his family to put their farm up for sale, he and his mom move to an apartment so he would have a shot at playing QB at Nease as a homeschooled athlete.  And even then "they" wrote this:

After just five career starts at quarterback, it's not easy to make predictions on Tim Tebow, the 6-foot-2 gunslinger who has led the football rejuvenation at Nease. For now, it can safely be said that the sophomore's arm strength, size and running ability will lead plenty of Nease wins over coming seasons. He is the next quarterback worth watching in Northeast Florida, an area which doesn't produce college quarterbacks with any consistency at all.

We understand the skepticism from the rest of the country who are only now coming to know the guy the rest of us got to watch in high school and college, but really Gators, have a little faith in our boy. His dream of becoming an NFL quarterback began as a kid.  In order to do that he had to play in high school, so that he could then play in college, to then earn a shot to play in the pros.  The journey Tebow recalls in the FRS ad is his journey from the dreams he had as the kid you see below and not the high schooler we all met in The Chosen One. 



We all like to think of Tim as "Tim Tremendous" or even as Superman, but it does him and all the hard work he has put in, along with all the doubts and adversity he has had to overcome, disservice to think that it has all been easy.  It also gives unrealistic expectations to kids who look up to Tim, doing them a disservice as well, and gives the impression that you can achieve what he has without all the support he has received and all the hard work he has put in.

And if it wasn't obvious from the ad, the criticisms just fuel him to do more and to be better, or you know what, he just doesn't care.