Tim Tebow is a role model for NFL’ers, says Osi Umenyiora

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Continuing with today's theme of Osi Umenyiora pearls of wisdom, this time, he's urging his NFL brethren to be more like the straitlaced, church-going, high-on-life Tim Tebow.

"I know that everybody likes to make fun of Tim Tebow and talk about him, but he sets an outstanding example for people," Umenyiora said. "I think if more people would focus and try to be like him and carry themselves the way he does, I think things would be better."

Tebow, of course, is a devout Christian and behaviorally, as far as anyone knows, walks the straight and narrow. He's never been arrested, never been in trouble, never been anything other than a model citizen and extremely charitable man.

I know who Osi is talking about when he mentions people making fun of Tebow. Maybe it happens in Osi's world, but I think people are more making fun of the Tim Tebow legend, the beloved media creation, incapable of ever doing wrong on a football field or being something other than the perfect human being.

But maybe there are NFL players who do ridicule Tebow. I don't know. If they do, I'd hate to think it was any of the ones who have been arrested recently — the ones at whom Osi pointed his comments.

"For the life of me, I can't understand it," Umenyiora said. "It's ridiculous, to be honest with you. People need to be more focused and more grateful for what it is that they have … to be messing around like that, man, it's really unfortunate."

It is. And sure, Tebow would be a good role model for any NFL player considering throwing their career away because they don't want to call a cab, but no one has to go full Tebow, either. There are plenty of solid people in the NFL who set an example every day: Madieu Williams, Reggie Wayne, Malcolm Jenkins, DeMeco Ryans, etc. There are a lot of role models out there.

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