In an age where media is one click away many positives have come from that, however negatives still appear and for Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel it seems as though the negatives will never go away. On the surface Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel are exact opposites, Tebow went to Florida and is an extremely religious man who wants to win for the sake of winning, and Manziel goes to Texas A&M and enjoys the night life of college a little more than most people would hope. When taking a closer look at the two though, they have many similarities but their biggest commonality is that they are a joke in the media.
Tim Tebow attended the University of Florida and shattered several of the record books. Some could even argue he is in the top 5 greatest college football players of all time. Although that may be a jump his stats say other wise. During his tenure at Florida Tebow led the Gators to an impressive 35-6 record. In 2007, his first year as a starter, the Gators finished with a 9-3 record and a date with the University of Michigan in the capitol one bowl. Although they may have lost the bowl game, Tebow was crowned the Heisman Trophy winner in the process, and at the time he was the first sophomore to ever win the award. The following season he led the Gators to a 13-1 record and they were victorious at the BCS National Championship game. Entering into his senior year many thought Florida would repeat as champions, and during the regular season it sure looked like it. The Gators went undefeated in the regular season and were ranked #1 in the polls until the post season. In the SEC championship game they played Alabama (who was also undefeated and ranked #2). Alabama won that game and went on to win the National Championships and the Gators would have to settle for the Allstate Sugar bowl. While at Florida Tebow was wildly popular, however now that he is in the NFL his fortunes are not as lucky.
On the flip side Johnny Manziel has only scratched the surface on his college career and he has already managed to turn the whole sport upside down. During his Freshman season (after being redshirted his first year) the Texas A&M Aggies were searching for a quarterback after Ryan Tannehill graduated and became a member of the Miami Dolphins. Manziel took the team by storm by throwing over 3,700 yards and rushing for over 1,400 yards during his first year as a starter. His Aggies went 11-2 losing to only #6 Louisiana State University and then #24 Florida Gators by a COMBINED 8 points. As a freshman he led the Aggies to within 8 points of the National Championship and he even helped Texas A&M defeat the eventual national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. Manziel was voted the Heisman trophy winner (first by any freshman), AP Player of the year, and many other awards, all on his way to dismantling the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl.
The statistics of the two are beyond impressive, however they are two of the most criticized football players in the game. This is because Tebow is everything that Manziel is not, and Manziel is everything Tebow is not.
This past offseason has been filled with turmoil for Manziel, although he is one of the most iconic figures in the game of football he still wants to be a regular college student. Over the past few months Manziel has seen partying, signing autographs (perhaps for money) leaving the manning camp, being suspended, and many other activities. Not to defend Manziel, but he is still only 20 years old so he still has a lot of growing up to do. Most of his biggest critics say that he needs to act with more dignity and respect (of which I agree), they feel as though since Manziel is one of the most famous athletes in sports he should put his popularity for good use instead of partying. Above all they want him to play for the love of the game; which is exactly what Tebow does. During the 2008 season after a heart breaking loss to Ole Miss, Tim Tebow is seen crying in the post game interview apologizing to fans for the loss and he states, "you will never see any player in the entire country play as hard as I will play the rest of the season." Tebow backed up his words by bringing home the National Championship that year. I'm not saying that Manziel needs to promise they will win the National Championship it would be nice if he showed (even a little bit) of caring more about winning than getting his name on billboards. If Manziel acted more like Tebow off the field he would be seen in a better with the media.
After Tebow graduated from Florida he was drafted to the Denver Broncos in 2010 and got his first chance to start during the 2011 season. Kyle Orton was the opening day starter in 2011 and he led the Broncos to a 1-4 record before being replaced by Tebow. Tebow led the Broncos to a 8-8 record, and many of those wins were come from behind and some comebacks seemed nearly impossible. The Broncos went on to the second round of the playoffs, something almost nobody expected. Even after reviving the Broncos season Tebow is still widely criticized in the media because of what he is not, not what did. Tebow's stats during his season with the Broncos aren't pretty, but he found ways to win. The media expects Tebow to be like Johnny Manziel, a complete quarterback with a cannon for an arm, and the ability to run the ball. As of now Manziel seems like a starting quarterback in the NFL, while Tebow has become the laughing stock of quarterbacks. NFL would love to see Tebow develop the arm of Manziel, but that's going to happen anytime soon. After the Broncos Tebow went to the New York Jets which was basically a circus show of media everywhere Tebow went, and he was recently cut by the New England Patriots.
Tebow and Manziel have both ruled over college football at one point during their career, however the media always finds something wrong in their character. Tebow is criticized because he is not a complete quarterback like Manziel, and Johnny is denounced because he doesn't have the character of Tebow. At the end of the day, the two are humans, they are not perfect, they will come up short in categories, but so does everyone. Tebow is not going to become a great quarterback again overnight and Manziel is not going to change his ways. The main similarity is that the two QB's know how to win, instead of critiquing their every move, sit back and relax and enjoy watching them play football because people with their talent level do not come around every year.