NBA all-time great and TNT commentator Charles Barkley has been on a roll with his straightforward take on sports and politics, coating his opinions with absolutely zero BS like a sage, drunk uncle with a microphone.
While some of us Tim Tebow hopefuls held an ounce of faith that Barkley would be on Team Tebow, it appears that Sir Charles firmly believes that this switch in position won’t be a good endeavor for the 33-year-old footballer.
“Michael Jordan tried, he tried to play baseball. You can’t just go play a pro sport,” said Barkley, in an interview with ESPN Chicago.
“I think he’ll just be disrespectful to jocks saying, ‘Oh I haven’t played football, but I can come and be a pro at it.’ I just think that’s impossible, personally,” added Barkley, regarding the dynamic that Tebow would have on Jags players and the organization.
While the comparison to Jordan is not only tacitly flattering — we’ll take what we can get — for the Jaguars’ new TE, it also comes as a bit of a miscalculation since Jordan’s foray into baseball isn’t too reflective of Tebow’s new journey. Tebow isn’t coming back to play for the Birmingham Barons, he’s coming to play for the Wizards.
A switch in sport, which Tebow has already explored, versus a change in position with your original sport would realistically make for several differences. Perhaps the same way a quarterback in the league can transition to wide receiver better than turning into an MLS midfielder.
Barkley also added the cold truth as to why some people, both fans and people behind a sports media mic, truly don’t want to see Tebow on a field again.
“Tim’s such a good dude, but you know, a lot of people don’t like Tim because his religion. He wears it on his sleeve. I don’t care about that. I like the kid, but I don’t think he can just come pick up another position.”
The former AFC West champ and Wild Card weekend legend has a long road ahead of him to prove his salt in the league once more, now with a bulked up new look and the same arsenal of intangibles that made him a leader in Denver.