Wednesday, August 19, 2009

How soon we forget

I know in our culture, we put a premium on what happens here and now. We like to label games the greatest ever, disregarding decades and decades of games previously. We like to label players the greatest ever when they have such otherworldly competition. Naturally, Tim Tebow has been labeled a god by the mass media despite the fact that he's playing with arguably the most talented players in the country, and two out of the last three years has had the best defense in the country.

Poor old Bobby Bowden is getting ostracized by the media for saying that Charlie Ward was better than Tim Tebow. The statement isn't shocking. The media's reaction is. Believe it or not, there have been better football players and better athletes to grace the college football world than Tim Tebow. The difference is, he is white, a christian, a quarterback and a missionary.

Maybe, if I wasn't such a sports enthusiast I wouldn't hard Charlie Ward in as high esteem as I do. However, he was my favorite player when I was younger, I would watch him during football season, and then watch him lead the Florida State basketball team. How many players in the history of college football have been a first day NFL prospect, MLB prospect and a first round NBA prospect?

As years went by, we forgot about Charlie Ward, just like we forget about many great college football players of the past. I'll even admit to falling victim to that. Then, a couple years ago, before the Florida State/Miami game, ESPN Classic decided to show some old Florida State games. And there was Charlie Ward and his uncanny accuracy, his amazing mobility, and his gliding running style.

People forget that in 1993, Tim Tebow was Charlie Ward. Charlie Ward was the guy who took Warrick Dunn in after the death of his mother, the student government rep, the avid Christian, the captain, and the great all around athlete.

Any disparaging remarks against Tebow, are treated by the media as heresy, they forget what an utterly outstanding player Charlie Ward was. Go put in a Florida State game tape, and realize that with all the great college players Bobby Bowden has coached, Deon Sanders, Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn, Peter Warrick, Walter Jones, Peter Boulware, Tamarick Vanover, Terrell Buckley, the list goes on and on and on, players that became Hall of Fame NFL players, and he considers Charlie Ward the best. That says something doesn't it?

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