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Memo to Tebow: Athletes Are NOT Role Models

In a rare – and I do mean rare – instance, I agree with ESPN First Take’s Skip Brainless.

Skip disagreed with Tim Tebow’s notion that athletes should be role models.  Skip flat out didn’t like what Tebow said at all, while supporting his Christian point of view.

Bravo, Skip (as I threw up in my mouth typing that).

The only people who should be role models are PARENTS, not some cats who are great at playing kids’ games for lots of money.  I think back to what Charles Barkley said on that Nike commercial way back when.  People were mad at Sir Charles for speaking the truth, and that’s a sad commentary on our society.

As much as I loved Jerry Rice growing up, I didn’t try to follow his lead in life off the field.  Hell, if anything I knew I would eventually be let down by Rice or other athletes by scandal, issues on the field or the locker room.  After all, athletes are not perfect – and a lot do not give a damn if they are or not.

My dad has been the real role model in my life.  I followed my dad’s example in how to provide by a family, how to be a good father and husband, a law-abiding citizen.  And he is still doing the damn thing 70 years and counting.  By the way, my father wasn’t the only one: favorite uncles, ministers, and big cousins were good role models for me.

Now anyone who follows this blog knows I am a big fan of Tebow.  I respect his willingness to be a role model.  I respect his willingness to call out athletes for not being role models.

I just think he is a bit naive…


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