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Chuck Norris' Tebow ode aims to get Jaguars to sign QB

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   May 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM   |   Comments

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May 23 (UPI) -- Chuck Norris thinks it's awfully silly no team has signed Tim Tebow, and he's got just the franchise to pull the former Jets quarterback out of the free agency limbo in which he's currently languishing.

Norris leveraged his considerable popular clout and penned a 1,500-word ode to Tebow for WND, explaining at great length why he ought to be be signed to an NFL team immediately.

"I’ve heard the so-called critics say Tebow has poor technical skills, but the truth is that Tim is a natural-born leader, an amazingly gifted football player, an inspiration to his team and the possessor of intense determination and strategy to bring any team to victory -- no matter what the odds," he gushes. "One can improve technique, but leadership is innate. That is why I believe Tebow could be a super star and legend in the NFL."

"He reminds me of myself when I used to compete in martial arts," Norris writes. "I would spar with my black belts in class, and sometimes they would outscore me. Yet in the tournaments, I would defeat them. My students used to ask me, 'Why can we contend equally against you in class, but we can’t beat you in the tournaments?' My answer was always the same, 'When it counts, I rise to the occasion.' The same is true of the former Heisman Trophy winner."

Norris goes on to hand-pick the Jacksonville Jaguars as the perfect place for Tebow to land, arguing that the three-year veteran could turn a mediocre team into a championship contender.

"So let me respectfully challenge [Jaguars owner Shad] Khan to consider these words from Dr. King: 'There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right,'" Norris writes.

To Tebow's legions of fans -- drawn in by his open evangelical fervor as much as his moves on the field -- any team's reluctance to sign him seems out of place.

But it's his faithful following that has some speculating teams were saying no to Tebow to avoid the circus that comes with him.

Tebow was released by the Jets on April 29 after just one season, where he got no playing time despite previously leading the Denver Broncos to unexpected success.

And as for the Jaguars: The team has publicly stated they have no interest in signing him at least twice. So if Norris is indeed onto something with Jacksonville, it would mark a significant reversal for the team.

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