Punch Drunk

Tim Tebow's concussion was bad enough on Saturday. But remember, it followed this hit.


Don't pay attention to Eric Berry flying backwards. Look at Tebow's neck compress as he uses the crown of his helmet to make space between him and Berry. Now, think of how Tebow has played his whole life. Do you really think this was his first concussion? Yes, it may be the first time he's been diagnosed, but anyone who has played football as long as Tebow has had the lights turned out once or twice.

Tebow's reaction to the hit was comparable to a boxer getting hit with a perfect punch, like Roy Jones Jr. getting knocked out by Antonio Tarver. The fall is un-natural, as no defense mechanism kicks in to brace your fall. Jones' hands were bent the same way as Tebow's; 90 degrees and in no position to do anything. At that time, Jones was considered the best pound-for-pound boxer, holding the light heavyweight belt for almost 7 years and winning a share of the heavyweight title by defeating the much bigger John Ruiz. So when Jones faced Glen Johnson four months after the Tarver fight, most expected a better showing from Jones. Then this happened;


I'm not saying that if Tebow gets hit again, he will need people to rush to his side and make sure he didn't swallow his tounge. But, just as Jones was not ready to get hit again, Tebow won't be either. Someone, because you know Urban and Tebow won't do it, has to stop Tebow from playing at LSU and possibly until Georgia. You can make the case that if Tebow has no concussion symptoms, he should play. I'll make the case that someone who gets KO'ed cannot function normally two weeks later.

Jones has gotten better since losing to Johnson, winning five of his last six fights going back to 2006. His lost was against the very good Joe Calzaghe, but wins against the washed up Felix Trinidad and Jeff Lacy. If Jones wins his fight in December, he will fight a soon to be 45-year old Bernard Hopkins, a rematch of their 1993 fight, which is the only way to make PPV sales. Jones has fallen a long way from being the best pound-for-pound fighter.

Tebow is the best pound-for-pound player in college football and there is no shame in keeping him out two or three games. Otherwise, the next hit could knock him out of the season.

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