LeBron James uses Twitter to support Tim Tebow

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LeBron James uses Twitter to support Tim Tebow
 

 

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Opinion on Tim Tebow's NFL future is clearly divided, but count LeBron James among the many fans of the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.

James took to Twitter on Wednesday, supporting Tebow and proclaiming, "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."

James' tweets were in response to comments from ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge's criticism of Tebow earlier Wednesday on Twitter and "SportsCenter."

Hoge wrote on Twitter: "Sitting watching tape off bronco offense from last year! Orton or Tebow? It's embarrassing to think the broncos could win with tebow!!"

Appearing on "SportsCenter" on Wednesday, Hoge, a former running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers, had harsh words for Tebow.

"He is awful as far as accuracy goes and what's kind of even more disturbing, he's probably worse moving and running around with the football and throwing than he is from the pocket," Hoge said. "Can you get better there? A little bit. If everything is perfect, the pocket, your feet are good, all your fundamentals come into place, the coverage is what you want it, you can be successful. But that doesn't happen at the National Football League. Rarely does that happen."

James, the Miami Heat star who has dealt with his own share of media criticism, then used Twitter to back Tebow late Wednesday night.

"Listened to Merril Hoge today on SC and he was just blasting Tebow. The man hasn't even play a full season and its only his 2nd year in," James wrote. "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!!"

Tebow, who is entering his second season with the Denver Broncos, responded to Hoge as well on Twitter, saying, "Hey Merril...... 'ppreciate that."

Tebow and veteran Kyle Orton are currently battling for Denver's No. 1 quarterback job. Thus far in training camp, Orton has taken almost all of the snaps with the first team in practice, while Tebow has been splitting second-team reps with Brady Quinn.

However, new Broncos coach John Fox maintained Wednesday that he hasn't made up his mind about the starter and the battle is ongoing.

"My story's been the same regardless of what you hear," Fox said. "And I'm in those meetings every day and know what's said to everybody. Nothing's changed. We've been singing the same song as seven months ago."

League sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter last week that the Broncos and Miami Dolphins were discussing a Orton trade, but talks fell apart. The Dolphins eventually signed veteran quarterback Matt Moore to compete with Chad Henne.

Orton, due $8.829 million this season, received a $1.5 million roster bonus Friday, a source told ESPN NFL business analyst Andrew Brandt, greatly reducing the chances he will be dealt.

Tebow has become a fan favorite in Denver since former coach Josh McDaniels traded three draft picks to select the passionate but unpolished Tebow in the first round last year. By training camp, however, it was obvious that Tebow was a project and Orton was the far better quarterback. Orton signed an $8 million extension for 2011 during training camp and then completed nearly 60 percent of his passes for 3,653 yards and 20 touchdowns with nine interceptions before Tebow took over for the final three games as the Broncos' disappointing season dwindled to an eventual 4-12 finish.

The Broncos' top wide receiver, Brandon Lloyd, spent a part of his locked-out offseason working out with Tebow in an effort to better their chemistry. When the lockout ended and the Broncos reported for camp on July 27, Lloyd described Orton's presence as awkward.

On Monday, Lloyd alluded to the mile-high controversy as "the Tebow Thing."

"They'll put Kyle on the trading block because they don't want to deal with the Tebow Thing," Lloyd told SI.com. "But it's not going to end until (Tebow) plays. The faster they get this Tebow Thing over with, one way or the other ..."

Tebow, who has attempted to change his much-criticized slingshot-like throwing motion, went 1-2 as a rookie, completing 41 of 82 passes for 654 yards, five TDs and three interceptions with six sacks. He also rushed for 227 yards and six scores.

Despite his mixed on-field success, Tebow's off-field profile continued to grow. He landed an advertising campaign with Jockey in March and his memoir "Through My Eyes" debuted at No. 6 on the New York Times bestseller list. Tebow's jersey has also been among the most-popular on NFLShop.com.

McDaniels also acquired Orton throw trade, adding him in the Jay Cutler trade two years ago. He has amassed 7,455 yards passing and 41 touchdowns as the Broncos' starter over the last two seasons but won just 11 of 29 starts.



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51 comments for "LeBron James uses Twitter to support Tim Tebow"

 7 years ago '08        #2
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Nice of LeBron to back him, but I'm sure he'll get blasted for this........
 7 years ago '04        #3
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 7 years ago '05        #4
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on what Lloyd said "The Tebow Thing" lol
 08-04-2011, 12:08 AM         #5
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 Mil_Town_G said:
on what Lloyd said "The Tebow Thing" lol
it's crazy cause just last week with the rumors of Orton going to Miami, not happening for sure now, B. Lloyd was basically saying, not verbatim, "We're getting Tebow ready to be the guy and doing everything we can to prepare him as the starting QB. Kyle is a great QB and will perform well wherever he goes."

now he's essentially sh*tting on Tebow

what a punk
 7 years ago '07        #6
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bron is right.

fu*k whos a better practice player. tebow is a born winner and will find a way to succeed in the NFL.

he might not be a great training camp player but he is a gamer. haters gonna lose.
 7 years ago '04        #7
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 ST21 said:
bron is right.

fu*k whos a better practice player. tebow is a born winner and will find a way to succeed in the NFL.

he might not be a great training camp player but he is a gamer. haters gonna lose.


 08-04-2011, 01:25 AM         #8
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 ST21 said:
bron is right.

fu*k whos a better practice player. tebow is a born winner and will find a way to succeed in the NFL.

he might not be a great training camp player but he is a gamer. haters gonna lose.

.........Tebow is a perfect example of the media doing the exact opposite of Bron.I dont like Lebron much,but he gets blasted for EVERYTHING to a point its unfair.If you listen to the media Tebow is a saint and perfect person.Good example is right when he turned pro i was working out in Jacksonville Florida near where he went to high school and like an hour from Gainesville,and they were doing this long story on national TV about how selfless he was,staying 2 hours after his scheduled time to give autographs to fans...i though to myself,that cool of him.Come to find out from a friend who was at the mall,he was charging like 100 dollar for them autographs.Being a college senior with an uncertain draft status,of course he is gonna stay and get money.He also gets all this credit for his leadership and such...and yea he seems like a decent leader,but that tem was damn good with Leak too.The media didnt like him though.He went from possible Heisman candidate to that guy holding Tebow back in like two months.BTW...those dudes are retarded if they think Orton is the problem in Denver,and Lloyd is just saying that the organization isnt gonna let Tebow not get his shot bc they gave up too damn much for him,which is real talk.
 7 years ago '05        #9
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Skip bayless is somewhere on the phone to espn now saying what angle can i use this to sh*t on LBJ for tomm show. I swear that n*gga whole life is about LBJ . this little cracker who never played middle school ball yet he can sit on tv everyday and act like everything should just be so easy for LBJ to win.

but Tebow sucks dude is great white hype never should of went 1st round. this is when u try to sell tickets instead of taking best player.
 7 years ago '04        #10
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 ST21 said:
bron is right.

fu*k whos a better practice player. tebow is a born winner and will find a way to succeed in the NFL.

he might not be a great training camp player but he is a gamer. haters gonna lose.
 7 years ago '09        #11
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 7 years ago '10        #12
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 7 years ago '05        #13
FalconBuddha 16 heat pts16
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I fu*king hate lebron, but for once i have to agree with him here

Im just hoping tebow proves everyone wrong after getting traded out of the AFCW
 08-04-2011, 04:45 AM         #14
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lol both bums
 08-04-2011, 05:45 AM         #15
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both are terrible, one makes a reality show of himself the other will buy a million dollar commercial to promote his political views. They both are horrible examples as athletes.
 7 years ago '07        #16
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 atl12o13 said:
.........Tebow is a perfect example of the media doing the exact opposite of Bron.I dont like Lebron much,but he gets blasted for EVERYTHING to a point its unfair.If you listen to the media Tebow is a saint and perfect person.Good example is right when he turned pro i was working out in Jacksonville Florida near where he went to high school and like an hour from Gainesville,and they were doing this long story on national TV about how selfless he was,staying 2 hours after his scheduled time to give autographs to fans...i though to myself,that cool of him.Come to find out from a friend who was at the mall,he was charging like 100 dollar for them autographs.Being a college senior with an uncertain draft status,of course he is gonna stay and get money.He also gets all this credit for his leadership and such...and yea he seems like a decent leader,but that tem was damn good with Leak too.The media didnt like him though.He went from possible Heisman candidate to that guy holding Tebow back in like two months.BTW...those dudes are retarded if they think Orton is the problem in Denver,and Lloyd is just saying that the organization isnt gonna let Tebow not get his shot bc they gave up too damn much for him,which is real talk.
NObody ever said Tebow was the whole damn team at Florida and he was a freshman when Leak was there. Still the man was unstoppable once he got the job full time. As a freshman all we saw was his running skills and toughness with some suspect passing. But once he got the full time gig he was beasting. So
 7 years ago '05        #17
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If the Broncos want to sell more tickets and more TV time they better start Tebow. Dude already has his own Nike line, mad endorsements, and hasn't even started a full season.
 08-04-2011, 06:54 AM         #18
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pretty much both are despicable
 7 years ago '11        #19
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This is all gonna go down between two things: 1. Win games or 2. Sell tickets.

Either way, I don't think Tebow should be getting sh*tted since the season hasn't started and we don't even know if he will be starting.
 7 years ago '04        #20
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