What's a guy to do when he's one of the most unpopular governors on the planet?
Smile, say "cheese," and take a picture with Tim Tebow.
That's what Gov. Rick Scott did a few days ago when he presented Tebow with a "Great Floridian" award. Tebow, only the 67th person ever bestowed with such an honor, might help the Good Governor get an uptick on his Q score.
Tebow is revered in this state and beyond as a great guy with a philanthropic heart and an admirable competitive spirit. If only he wasn't such a lousy NFL quarterback.
Excuse me. I don't mean to pile on, but if you have issues with that assessment, take it up with the 32 general managers in the National Football League. At last check, no one was groveling on the phone with officials from the New York Jets trying to pry Tebow from their hands.
Tebow remains the most enigmatic man in the NFL — one of the league's most popular players, who may never amount to much playing on Sundays.
He will report to the team's off-season workouts on Monday knowing it's just a temp job. The Jets clearly don't want him. The bigger question is which team is willing to take a shot at Tebow and the circus that comes as part of the package deal. The Jets are expected to release Tebow if they can't trade him before or during the draft, scheduled to begin April 25.
"It's nothing I can control, and like I've said ever since I was at Nease High School, I really try not to worry about what I can't control," Tebow told the Associated Press at a fundraising event for his foundation over the weekend. "Just try to have the best attitude, have the best effort, a great work ethic, and so far this offseason has been a lot of fun. Been my best yet."
The New York Jets gig is up after the team signed veteran David Garrard and seem committed to give Mark Sanchez another run at ineptitude. That's how bad things are for Tebow. A team with an inconsistent and incompetent quarterback sees no reason to give Tebow a shot at the starting job.
After much hoopla with trading for Tebow in the off-season, the Jets designated him for the Witness Protection Program. He ran for only 102 yards while completing 6 of 8 passes for 39 yards with no TDs.
Regardless of the reality, Tebow remains the No. 1 Fantasy QB in the hearts of many fans. Fans in Jacksonville were smitten at the thought of Tebow coming home and leading the Jaguars back to prominence — until team officials said they had no interest in him.
Just recently, the blogosphere tried to connect the dots of a Tebow-to-the-Tampa Bay Bucs potential simply because he was working out at a local high school with former Bucs QB Vinny Testaverde, but that blew up the minute the Bucs re-signed backup QB Dan Orlovsky.
Eventually, Tebow and his supporters are going to have to ratchet down their expectations and come to the reality that he may have great shelf life in the NFL, assuming he switches to another position like H-back, fullback or maybe tight end.
But a divorce with the Jets is imminent.
"It's their decision, but from an outsider looking in, having Tebow there doesn't bring anything positive," former NFL veteran quarterback Jeff Garcia told USA Today. "It just brings distraction."
Cue Gov. Scott: "Tim Tebow is a great Floridian. If you look at what he's done, he's inspired young children to stay in school, to do well in school, to live a great life. He's an inspiration."
I agree. With both perspectives. But here's the deal:
Which NFL general manager is going want to pose with a photo op with Tebow, introducing him as the team's potential starting quarterback?