New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow is spending more time in the headlines than on the actual gridiron this season. According to a poll conducted by Sports Illustrated, which surveyed a total of 180 NFL players, the former Heisman Trophy winner garnered 34 percent of first-place votes -- earning the distinction as the most overhyped and overrated player league wide.
Just five months ago, Tebow was named one of the top 100 players by NFL Network, but evidentially his time spent riding the bench in the Big Apple this year has dramatically changed the opinion of his football peers. New York’s coaching staff has vastly underutilized the dynamic, yet unconventional signal-caller -- even with Mark Sanchez struggling to find a level of consistency.
Speaking of Sanchez, the Jets’ incumbent starter finished with 8 percent of the vote, followed by Dallas Cowboys gunslinger Tony Romo with 8 percent, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick with 4 percent and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis at 3 percent.
Through Week 7, Tebow has massed just 76 rushing yards on 22 carries along with two completions for 32 yards under center. Serving as Gang Green’s personal punt protector, Tebow is 3 for 3 on fake punt attempts, yet is still waiting patiently for an expanded role on offense.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan was incredulous of the notion that both his quarterbacks were among the most overvalued players the league has to offer.
"Wow, what are you going to say?" said Ryan in disbelief. "I don't know how to comment on that. I just know I'm happy they're on my football team -- on our football team. Seems like the Jets always get something, you know?"
With all the hoopla and excitement surrounding Tebow’s arrival in New York this offseason, it’s safe to say that Tebow-mania hasn’t lived up to the hype just yet.