Thursday, August 4, 2011

LeBron Defends Tebow After ESPN Analyst Criticizes QB

LeBron Defends Tebow After ESPN Analyst Criticizes QB

Tim Tebow defended himself and got a little backup from LeBron James after ESPN’s Merril Hoge was critical of the Broncos’ second-year quarterback. This all came about on Wednesday as the Broncos officially named Kyle Orton their starting quarterback.
Tebow posted on Twitter early Wednesday, saying, “Hey Merrill ….. ‘ppreciate that”.
Tim Tebow is trying to win the Broncos' starting quarterback job, and has one believer in LeBron James. (AP Photo)
Later, James, who dealt with his fair share of criticism in the past year said via Twitter, “Guys get on that TV and act like they was all WORLD when they played. How bout encouraging him and wishing him the best instead of hating!!”
Hoge played fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1987-1993 and ended his career in 1994 with the Chicago Bears. He ran for 3,139 yards and 21 scores as well as catching 254 passes for another 13 touchdowns. The Steelers did not reach a Super Bowl during Hoge’s tenure.
James continued, “Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL. He's a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he'll be nice."
The Twitter volleys were in response to Hoge posting a series of earlier tweets saying, "It's embarrassing to think the Broncos could win with Tebow!! ...That throwing motion he changed? You can't change who you are!... College credentials do not transfer to NFL, rah-rah speeches do not work! You must possess a skill set to play! Tebow struggles with accuracy!"
Hoge also said on ESPN’s SportsCenter that Tebow has poor fundamentals that prevent him from being an accurate passer, particularly when he must move outside the pocket.
The Broncos could have a quarterback controversy on their hands, with many fans clamoring for a glimpse of the quarterback who led the Florida Gators to two national championships. SN’s Clifton Brown reported Tuesday that if Orton isn’t traded, it sounds like many Broncos players would prefer that the veteran be the starting quarterback.

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