Tim Tebow Is to Football What Michael Jordan Was to Baseball

June 1, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It might seem like blasphemy to draw similarities between the basketball icon Michael Jordan and the professional football washout Tim Tebow, but in the light of a baseball diamond, the comparison helps illuminate Tebow's present—and perhaps his future.   
There are, of course, striking differences between Tebow's generally surprising, though not universally unexpected, NFL stage of unemployment, and Jordan's completely astounding decision in 1993 to walk away from the NBA to make an unlikely run at Major League Baseball.
Tebow's exile is out of his hands; Jordan's exit was self-imposed.
Tebow is powerless, waiting on a magnanimous team to offer him an NFL home. Jordan left the NBA of his own accord, when he was king of that professional castle.
Like all analogies, then, this one is imperfect, but there are revealing parallels.
There is, for instance, a mystical dimension that may help explain why neither athlete took (in Jordan's case) or...

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