Tim Tebow has not taken a regular season snap for three years now, but he continues to be adored by fans everywhere. According to a recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP), Tim Tebow was voted America’s fifth-most popular NFL quarterback for 2015.
Despite his NFL absence, Tim Tebow received seven percent (7%) of the votes from the “410 self-described NFL fans” that PPP surveyed. The NFL free agent was voted more popular than four active NFL superstar quarterbacks: Drew Brees (4%), Eli Manning (6%), Ben Roethlisberger (6%) and Russell Wilson (6%).
Participants were asked the following question: “Given the choices of Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Tim Tebow, and Russell Wilson who is your favorite NFL Quarterback?”
“Why is Tim Tebow included in the poll at all?” you might ask. PPP still throws Tebow in their polling “because he’s such a lightning rod.”
Given Tebow’s unapologetic Christian presence, this suggestion should come as little surprise. Look no further than a National Review piece titled “Tebow: ‘Religious Fundamentalist, Lightning Rod, Misfit’?” for one author’s reasons why.
No quarterback appears to be more of a lightning rod than Tom Brady, who received honors as both the respondents’ “favorite NFL Quarterback” (23%) and “least favorite NFL Quarterback” (29%), but Tim Tebow’s “lightning rod” status is also clearly reflected in this poll. Tebow ranks second among the “least favorite NFL Quarterbacks” with 10 percent (10%).