Tim Tebow and His Parallel With Steve Young

He’s the talk of the town in Mobile, the talk of the nation, the talk of the NFL draft and you know that’s none other than former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

While everyone from NFL scouts to ordinary fans debate Tebow’s potential as an NFL quarterback prospect, it was most refreshing to read a great take from Mike Lombardi in this past Tuesday’s National Football Post website.

Here’s what Lombardi wrote:

“I know and understand that everyone would love to reach a quick conclusion on quarterback Tim Tebow. My first rule of scouting, however, is: Never begin with an end in mind, which means we should allow Tebow some time to grow and develop before any rush to judgement.

“Tebow is no different than Hall of Famer Steve Young, who left BYU and went to the USFL. Young was known as a runner first; he couldn’t read coverages, and it was felt he would struggle in a pro system. He went to the Bucs and failed to become integrated into their offense. He was literally given to the 49ers in a trade. The Bucs were convinced, as all of America and most of the 49ers organization were, that Young was never going to be a pro-style passer.

“When coach Bill Walsh asked his staff if they were in favor of making the trade for Young, there were no Yes votes. I kid you not. Today there will be revisionist history, but I was in the room and Walsh had little support for making the trade other than his own instincts and vision for Young. This is what made Walsh brilliant. He was hoping for Young to be a good player, he had a plan to MAKE Young a good player. He saw the path and couldn’t have cared less if anyone else saw it. He was never afraid to stand alone in his opinions.