An open letter to Jerry Jones, general manager of the Dallas Cowboys:
Dear Mr. Jones:
Timothy Richard “Tim” Tebow is a free agent now. The Heisman Trophy winner and two time member of the BCS National Champion University of Florida Gators is the perverbial solitary lion on the Serengeti, trying to find a pride worthy of his talents.
At a time when our country is choking on a corrupt social and political culture dominated by money and greed rather than character we need athletes of true character and grit to lead us. In the opinion of many, Tim Tebow is that athlete both on and off the field. Here is a quick review of his athletic accomplishments.
He guided the Nease H.S. Panthers to a state title his senior year while winning the title of Florida High School Player of the Year for 2004 and 2005. As a college sophomore, Tim Tebow won the 2007 Heisman Trophy while collecting the title of NCAA quarterback of the year. In 2006 and 2008 he guided the Florida Gators to the BCS Championship. He also set an NFL Draft record for jersey sales.
More importantly is the issue of Tim Tebow as a person. Tim is the namesake of the Tim Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City, the Philippines, where poor children receive free orthopedic surgery. The Tim Tebow Foundation also called the W15H (Wish 15) organization brings “Faith, Hope and Love to Those Needing a Brighter Day in Their Darkness Hour of Need” – Children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are flown to meet Tim Tebow and watch an NFL game. Tim Tebow runs a Christian Evangelical ministry in the Philippines with a sense of purpose.
Despite having a brilliant start with the Broncos, John Elway (Executive VP of Football Operations) decided to nab an available Peyton Manning, who was just ending a convalescence, thus cutting Tebow loose sending him to the New York Jets and the New England Patriots. This move proved to be the epitome of small thinking NFL brass.
When Michelangelo carved his masterpiece David in 1504, he would tell people he only released David since the statue was always there in the block of marble…“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”
Mr. Jones, like David, Tim Tebow is currently embedded in a block of 21st century sports politics – a team only needs “to hew away the rough walls that imprison the…apparition.” The only team and the only owner in the NFL that has the ability to unlock Tim Tebow is America’s Team, THE DALLAS COWBOYS, and its owner, president, and general manager Jerral Wayne “Jerry” Jones Sr.
You sir own the most lucrative NFL franchise and boast as your home field the finest football facility in the country, the $1.15 billion AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Mr. Jones, signing Tim Tebow is the right decision for many reasons: He’ll make the Dallas Cowboys money, a lot of money. Tim Tebow will bring a sense of excitement to the Cowboys that has been missing since the days of Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach.
As you know your devoted Cowboy fans have not had a Super bowl appearance from their team since winning Super bowl XXX on January 28, 1996. That means Super Bowl XLVIII (February 2, 2014) in New Jersey will be 18 years without an appearance by your Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo has many fine qualities but winning the big game is not one of them. Tony Romo is now in his seventh season as the starting quarterback for the Cowboys and has yet to hit his stride.
Tony Romo needs the competition of Tim Tebow. Either the two of them will have defensive backs running in circles as they exercise the QB option play or Tebow will take over and take the Cowboys to the next level. I am asking that you step forward and “…hew away the rough walls that imprison…” Tim Tebow from his current granite block. Texas is the place, the Cowboys are the team, and you are the General Manager to set Tim Tebow free!
Consider the exhilaration of Tim Tebow week in Texas: An introduction by you to the press; a televised meeting with the Dallas Cowboys’ Cheerleaders; lunch with the civic leaders of greater Dallas; followed by the Day of his first game with all 106 members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra positioned on the fifty yard line ready to perform Gioachino Rossini’s 1829 William Tell Overture Finale, all 2 minutes and 6 seconds. Outside AT&T Stadium Tim Tebow dons a mask, a white Stetson hat (it is Texas after all), and mounts a white stallion galloping into the Stadium arriving at the 50 yard line at the conclusion of Rossini’s masterpiece.
Only the Cowboy organization and Tim Tebow could pull off this spectacle. With all the electric energy that would be in the air, it would be time for Tim Tebow and the Dallas Cowboys to deliver. “Hi Ho Silver, Away!”