I know. I know. I heard sports radio all week long just like you did. Tim Tebow is now in the discussion for greatest college football player/leader/Jesus lover/philanthropist/omnipotent faith-healer of all time. So when they win the National Championship last night in a fantastic game, he’s the obvious MVP. Right?
Tebow had a good game, don’t get me wrong. But he was in no way the most valuable player of that contest. That player was Percy Harvin.
I’m not one to blindly jump on the side-story of a big game, but I did see a picture of Harvin’s high ankle sprain after the FSU game… and it looked wrenched, purple, and painful. That was only a month ago. The guy stayed in Gainesville over the holidays to recuperate and get ready for his final college game. Impressive, but still not the point.
Let’s just take a look at the numbers. Tebow nearly stifled his own offense with two terrible throws that were both picked off. That 2 picks equalled his total from the whole season. So what did Dan Mullen do to get his offense back on track? Give it to Percy.
Percy was carrying the ball up the middle, through D-Linemen and backers, by safeties, around much healthier corners… all to the tune of 9 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. Pretty damn good stats for any running back.
What’s that? He’s not a running back? Nope, Harvin also had 5 catches for 50 yards. I’m no math-magician, but that looks to be something like 12 yards every time he touched the football. He didn’t throw any picks. He didn’t fumble (except for possibly in the post-game interview… I still have no idea what he said). He didn’t even give a disappointed look when the MVP trophy was cash-prized away to the “face of college football.”
I don’t mean to make this a race thing… but do you think if a white WR/RB had 172 yards and a touchdown, while a black QB threw 2 picks, the QB would get that award? Nope.
Do I think Tebow is one of the greatest players I’ve ever seen? Of course. But he did not deserve that MVP trophy last night, jump pass or no. And if he were everything up on that pedestal that ESPN wants you to believe in that hour-long mish-mash of sappy coach/QB love story, he would have turned around and handed the trophy to its deserving recipient. Old #1.
Great game, Percy. Unbelievable effort. Rest assured that some of us watched the game–instead of planning the staged speech and ceremony–even if the asshole suits didn’t bother.