So that’s who Tim Tebow plays like
I watched the Bears-Packers game Monday night, an interesting game played in the cold that again spotlighted Chicago’s quarterback futility. Kyle Orton, Rex Grossman, Cade McNown. Really doesn’t matter, does it, who the Bears use at quarterback? Going back to Sid Luckman, seems like, Chicago stinks at quarterback.
And suddenly, I finally realized who Tim Tebow reminds me of.
Bobby Douglass. Tebow is Florida’s 2007 Heisman-winning quarterback who now has the Gators in the national title game against OU.
Tebow is big, left-handed and runs like a fullback.
Douglass was big, left-handed and ran like a fullback.
Douglass came out of Kansas; he took the Jayhawks to the Orange Bowl in 1968, which frankly might be as impressive as winning a Heisman at Florida in the 21st century. Douglass was taken in the second round of the ’69 NFL draft.
Douglass was 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, which is standard size for an NFL quarterback — nowadays. Not back then. Roger Staubach was 6-3, 197. Fran Tarkenton was 6-foot, 190. Bart Starr was 6-1, 197.
Douglass was a monster-sized quarterback, and he ran like it. Douglass in 1972 rushed for 968 yards, an NFL quarterback record that stood for 34 years, until Michael Vick gained 1,039 in 16 games, two more than Douglass had in 1972.
Douglass was not an effective pro quarterback, just as scouts say Tebow won’t be. Douglass’ career record as a starter in the NFL was 16-36-1, mostly with the Bears. He was a 43 percent passer. Douglass threw 36 touchdowns and 64 interceptions.
Tebow is a wonderful college quarterback. But Douglass was, too. Douglass was a left-handed battering ram, just like Tebow.
Those ’68 Jayhawks went 9-1 and played Penn State in the Orange Bowl. Kansas almost beat the Nittany Lions; that’s the famous game where KU stopped a Penn State 2-point conversion, but the Jayhawks had 12 players on the field, so Penn State got another chance and won 15-14.
KU’s only loss that season? 27-23, at home, to the Sooners.
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