- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Everyone knows the running joke about the Kardashian family. Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kris, Kylie, Kendall, Brody, Rob, Brandon, Burt (I have no idea if there are any others) are all famous just for the sake of being famous.

And at least one New York radio host, Mike Francesa, a host on New York’s WFAN radio, compared former NFL quarterback-turned MLB hopeful Tim Tebow to a member of the Kardashian family.

“He now has become one of these people who’s just famous for being famous,” Francesa said. “That’s all he is. He’s not famous for any of his accomplishments.

“He’s famous for being famous. He’s almost become the Kardashian of sports.”

OK, that’s fair at first glance. Tebow is drawing an absurd amount of media coverage and attention for seemingly no concrete reason at all. Tons of people are buying his jersey, tons of people are asking a minor league player his point of view on current events and Tebow spits out cliche after cliche about trying his best and giving his complete effort with a smile.

But, let’s not discredit Tebow. He’s the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, a player who dominated the SEC for three years. He won two national championships before he was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos.

He wasn’t a widely successful player, but in his brief stint, he was memorable. “Tebowing” became a viral phenomenon with virtually no comparison in sports. And his 80-yard overtime touchdown pass in the 2011 Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers is one of the most memorable plays in Broncos history.

Sure, Tebow wasn’t nearly as successful as many anticipated in the NFL, and, sure, he may be a tough pill for some to swallow. But let’s not discredit Tebow’s athletic accomplishments and say he’s famous just for being famous.

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