Anytime the name Tim Tebow comes up in the NFL world we all notice. Now he happens to be talking about Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, of whom he is a believer in
This offseason has been full of opinions about what the Cleveland Browns are doing. Going 0-16 and then making massive changes, including drafting a quarterback first overall, has that kind of impact on a franchise.
Speaking of that quarterback, there’s been a lot of back and forth on whether or not the Browns made the right choice. Their selection was Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma and while many are fond of him, he has just as many who aren’t keen on the move.
One former NFL quarterback however seems to be high on the player he calls a friend. That would be none other than Tim Tebow, the former Florida Heisman Trophy winner who was a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos.
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Tebow managed to only play three seasons in the NFL, but was 8-6 as a starter and won a huge playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A crowd-favorite wherever he goes, Tebow is now trying his hand at Major League Baseball as a member of the New York Mets organization.
Recently he took the time to talk about the Browns rookie quarterback, calling Mayfield a friend and pumping up his chances to make the Browns better.
"“I’m friends with [Mayfield] and I think he’s going to do a good job,” Tebow said via Jane Morice of Cleveland.com. “I think he’s really focused on trying to prove that he was worth it.”"
While many will point to Tebow not making it in the NFL as a reason to ignore his opinion, that’s not really fair. Tebow was actually hurt by his popularity as he never got the chance to sit on the bench quietly and learn the ropes.
That ended up hurting him, but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t understand the game he played so well collegiately — and really showed some glimpses at in the NFL.
His praise of Mayfield is nice to hear and it echoes the same feeling of many who have been in, or around the game in recent seasons.
Cleveland is putting their hope in Mayfield and we will take all the believers we can get. As for Tebow, count him among those who have faith in the exciting rookie.