That sound you hear is my heart leaping at Tim Tebow’s impressive performance with the Philadelphia Eagles as they beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-10 in pre-season action this past Sunday.
Tebow had a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter – typical Tebow late-moment heroics – and even earned a standing ovation before he even threw a pass.
But along with the adulation comes the naysaying: He still doesn’t release the ball quickly enough. He didn’t throw any touchdown passes. He can’t challenge Matt Barkley for the third-quarterback spot. Blah, blah, blah.
Tim Tebow and all the scathing criticism he received in the first iteration of his NFL career are the reasons I wrote my forthcoming novel “The Penalty for Holding” – although my hero, a gay, biracial quarterback, Quinn Novak, is in many ways un-Tebow-like. But I was interested in exploring what a person does when he’s faced with overwhelming hostility in the workplace?
And you know what? He rises by plugging away.
Here’s hoping Tebow makes it.