Does Tebow get more credit because he's white?

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow receives a pat on his head from a teammate in the closing seconds against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver. The Patriots clinch their AFC East division title and stop the Broncos win streak winning 41-23. UPI/Gary C. Caskey
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow receives a pat on his head from a teammate in the closing seconds against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver. The Patriots clinch their AFC East division title and stop the Broncos win streak winning 41-23. UPI/Gary C. Caskey

Let's blindly compare two of the NFL's brightest young quarterbacks:

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow looks to lead the Broncos to its seventh straight win against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver. The Patriots would clinch the AFC East division with a win over the Broncos. UPI/Gary C. Caskey

Quarterback A is 24 years old and has led his team to an 8-7 record. He has 1,484 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns,  610 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns.

Quarterback B is 22 years old and has led his team to a 6-9 record. He has 3,722 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 609 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns.

Quarterback A is Tim Tebow and Quarterback B is Cam Newton. The stats and records are somewhat similar, yet one dominates our news cycle (Tebow) while the other just broke the NFL's single season passing record for a rookie (Newton).

So why has Newton thrown for all those yards in near-obscurity while "Tebow Mania" sweeps the country? Is it because Tebow plays in a storied NFL city while Newton plays his home games in Charlotte, North Carolina? Or is it because Tebow plays so ugly for 55 minutes of each of his wins but finds a way to pull a victory from the jaws of defeat?

Maybe it's because Tebow enjoyed success in college with a Heisman trophy? But that can't be it, Newton won the Heisman and National Championship last season.

Or is it because of race? Is it simply the fact that Tim Tebow is white and Cam Newton isn't?

How else to describe the media coverage surrounding these quarterbacks? Cam Newton, the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, just had arguably the best season EVER for a rookie quarterback yet isn't even a top storyline in this NFL season.

If Tim Tebow was an African American QB, would he be getting the same accolades that he's receiving now? I don't think so.

If Cam Newton had the impressive season he's had as a white QB, would he be getting more credit and media coverage? Absolutely.

Too often networks like ESPN control how we as sports fans view our athletes. Often times, certain players or teams are out of sight and out of mind.

So next time you're watching "Tebow Time" on SportsCenter or debating his greatness with your friends, don't forget about the quarterback who just broke the single season rookie passing record, Cam Newton.


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