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Ditka backs Tebow as NFL QB

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Imagine Tim Tebow, not Jim McMahon, leading the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl.

While that may be a reach, former Bears coach Mike Ditka feels Tebow can succeed in the National Football League.

"I think [Tebow] can play quarterback in the NFL, but whatever offense you run might have to be tweaked a bit," Ditka told the Chicago Sun-Times. "This kid is a talent and he proved it in college. He is an outstanding leader. Now, does he have an unusual throwing motion? Yes. But there a lot of quarterbacks that didn't have a perfect throwing motion. Some of them turned out to be great quarterbacks because they were great leaders."

Ditka also suggested that Tebow, who was released last week by the New York Jets, may be better off changing positions.

"I really do think there's a place for him," Ditka told the Times. "If not at quarterback, I think he could play tight end. If I was in the league and coaching today, I would take a chance on him at quarterback."

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