Joey Porter explains Tim Tebow: ‘He’s the Justin Bieber of the NFL’

Finally, a person has come along and perfectly explained Tebowmania by aptly comparing it to another uncontrollable, yet perplexing craze: Bieber Fever.

Veteran NFL linebacker Joe Porter, who is almost as well-known for his strong opinions off the field as he is for his strong play on it, did not mince words in the least when the topic of Tebow and his ultimate landing place now that his time in Denver is about over came up during an appearance on NFL Total Access Monday, saying (see video here):

“Anybody who brings him in right now, you would think they’re trying to do it for ticket sales. So it’s just like, it’s good to have a Justin Bieber because you’re gonna get a whole of (fans). That’s what I compare it to. He’s the Justin Bieber of the NFL.”

Well put. In other words, while tremendously popular, no one can explain exactly why the phenomenon is so attractive to so many people, how it became an unstoppable force unto itself and how it’s a fool’s task to simply try to ignore it, let alone figure out a way to get rid of it.

The free agent Porter also expressed how he would feel if a team he played for made a successful bid at landing Tebow:

“A little disappointed just (because) you don’t really know what angle we’re going as his team — are we trying to win right now, or are we playing to get a draft pick for the next year’s quarterback, who’s gonna be pretty good? Are they trying to set up for (the acquisition of USC’s Matt) Barkley?” he said.

“You gotta think that if I’m playing and you bring Tebow in. You’re not gonna think like, ‘What are we trying to do this year?’ I don’t think we can win right now with Tebow.”

Strong words from a strong man. And who’s going to argue with him, not only because he’s an intimidating individual but also because he explained it all so eloquently? He’s hit the nail right on the head as far as I’m concerned.

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  1. Don

    March 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Should be interesting to see where Tebow lands. As cool as it would be to see Tebow and Belichick on the same sideline, I would hate to see the Pats having Tim Tebow workout at another position. If he wants to continue to be a QB his best bet is somewhere in Florida, with Jacksonville being the most likely option. I don’t understand why people are so quick to write off a 2nd year QB with a playoff win under his belt.

  2. Chris Lanham

    March 21, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Yeah he’s DUMBO! haha

  3. Bob

    March 21, 2012 at 1:26 am

    What else would you expect from a knee-grow thug like this? Seems to me when a black QB plays like this they drool all over him. Well now we know who the real racists are, don’t we? What a shameful ugly lot they are!

    • jrod

      March 21, 2012 at 7:55 am

      you sound like the racist saying that what was said about Tebow had nothing to do with race why did you even bring it up.

    • D. Foster

      March 21, 2012 at 8:09 am

      ” knee-grow thug”? I guess we do know who the real racists are now.

    • Jezzer

      March 21, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Bob, you’re an idiot and should feel bad.

    • Mike

      March 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

      The “shameful ugly lot” are you and your kind, Sir.

  4. Wes

    March 21, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Racists? Really? C’mon man, everybody knows that T.T. lacks the fundamentals to be QB in the NFL. Yeah he won a few games in a weak division, I’ll give you that. The guy however, is built to play fullback not QB as we will soon find out this coming season son!

  5. Tim

    March 21, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Being the Bieber of the NFL is not something to be proud of.

    • Ron

      March 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      I guess the difference is that Bieber actually has the talent to perform his job while Tebow does not. Bieber can sing, play several instruments and dance, all things expected of a young pop star. Tebow can’t throw or read defenses very well, things required of an NFL QB. I don’t see how the comparison is even valid.

      • Mckenzie

        March 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm

        Why are you hating on a good guy? At least he isn’t accused of raping or murdering someone. This is rediculous! If he couldn’t play, he wouldn’t be in the NFL. Stop complaining because there is actually a very kind-hearted man in the NFL. It’s rediculous.

  6. Bob

    March 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

    This is why Joey Porter was shot in the Butt in Denver because the gunman knew he was a Tebow hater.

  7. Steve

    March 21, 2012 at 9:43 am

    What the heck has Joey Porter done that is so impressive that he can be critical of another player? He should keep his mouth shut. The Cardinals had the same record as Denver and they need a quarterback badly!!!!!

    • really...

      March 22, 2012 at 2:32 am

      Uh, he’s a four time Pro-Bowler AND Superbowl champ… something you’re not going to see out of Tebow. Pretty sure that enough credentials and the fact that he’s been in the league so long, to be critical of a player who’s not really able to play the position he’s paid for. He knows a circus act when he sees one. Seems like all the Tebow fans know his name yet can’t name the Denver defensive players who actually kept the team in the games to get that playoff spot. And yeah, Cardinals need a quaterback badly, just like Denver did, hence the reason they got Peyton and dropped Tebow in a heartbeat.

  8. mary houston

    March 21, 2012 at 10:22 am


  9. MilkShake

    March 21, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Whenever you have someone that comes into the world, or in this case the NFL that has high moral standards, an excellent work ethic, who is charitable, kind to others….it makes the not so moral, lazy, greedy, less charitable, athiests, cruel folks look that much worse to themselves and to the public. So, they ridicule and bash Tim Tebow out of their deep rooted jealousy and insecure defense mechanisms. I know TEBOW recognizes the shallow minded half wits that contribute to this type of negativity. Will close by saying, Thank GOD for TIM TEBOW, who has brought a ray of Sunshine to the College Football Community, as well as to the NFL and their FANS! May God forgive the naysayers!

    • Hobs

      March 21, 2012 at 11:34 am

      I’m sorry, but what does God have to do with football? I’m a bit tired of these Christian athletes myself. When they win, they praise their god. They thank him for their victory on the field. When they lose, it’s invariably the same. “God doesn’t care about football.” You can’t have it one way or the other. Tim Tebow is no exception. He makes a public spectacle of his religion. It’s counter to true Christian beliefs.

      Matthew 6:6

      But thou when thou shalt pray, enter into thy chamber, and having shut the door, pray to thy Father in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret will repay thee.

      Last I checked, a stadium with 50k people does not count as a closet.

      I will gladly ridicule him and his charity. I’ll even use his holy text to do it.

      Matthew 6:2

      Therefore when thou dost an almsdeed, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honoured by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.

      Anything more about his awesome Christianity please? He would be called a Pharisee in Jesus’ day.

      Oh, and I AM an Athiest, and damned proud of it. I am not cruel. I am not shallow. I work my ass off and spend most of my off time with my children.

      With that said, Tebow has some serious playing potential. Eventually, he will, under the right guidance, see that come to fruition.

      • Free Thinker

        March 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm

        Hobs, you are my hero.

      • Kenneth

        March 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

        Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.

        Why is it people that want to use the Bible to TRY to make them seem right leave out the WHOLE Bible…Matthew 6:7-15

        Tim Tebow is preaching also by praying and if you read the whole Bible then you would know Jesus not condemning Prayer in Public since Jesus HIMSELF has prayed in public giving blessings and etc…. Reading more of the Bible will let you know that he’s talking about People that Pray in Public for the status…I don’t remember Jesus Performing His miracles in a closet..I remember him healing a Blind man on the Sabbath in Public and Teaching to crowds in Public…

        • Ron

          March 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

          You stole my thunder on this point. Thank you for making it so eloquently. It is easy to make a point and seem right when you leave out important details.

        • Timothy

          March 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm

          Well let’s see….If it’s okay for Tebow to preach by prayer, or demonstrate his faith by publicly praying, then it’s okay for any player of any faith to do whatever it is they do, (to preach by their method of prayer) and before too long…every game will be just another prayer pulpit. God, Allah and Buddah…all out there on the field…or are you saying its just okay for people like you & Tebow? Let’s get back to the game…say your prayers before you get on the field, in the locker room with the rest of the guys.stop pushing what you are selling on the rest of us, or fine, go be a priest…or monk or whatever

          • Kenneth

            March 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm

            Umm, I never said I was against other people praying or demonstrating..Actually other people already demonstrate I’ll even give an example..The Green Bay Packers..Can we say Aaron Rodgers Double check move and of course the Team doing the Lambeau Leap..Other than the fact that there is only one God(That’s a different debate) there’s nothing wrong with praying..So why are people ok with the Packers doing the Lambeau Leap and Rodgers double check move and when defenders do a dance after they make a huge stop or make a sack BUT since Tebow is seen praying then that is wrong…Sounds like some bias in there

      • MilkShake

        March 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        It is a shame that your children have to grow up with this type of mentallity in the home they live in.

        You can believe want you want, as in your case you choose not…so zip it….as we don’t bash the aethiests. What you can learn from Christianity and many other religions is to understand sacrifice, humility, and values.

        Thank you for driving my point to “SPOT-ON”

    • linda

      March 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      I think you are right. I think the biggest problem the Bronco management had was Tebow’s faith and morals. Mr Elway seems to forget how long it took him to become the 1st string QB and I don’t think he liked Tebow from the very beginning since that was all he did was lokk for a new QB once he was hired. It appeared to me that even when he was “complementing” he was not sincere. I wish Tim all the best and I hope the Bronco’s will come to regret the decision they made to trade him. Maybe one of these days he will clean their clocks in a game.

    • Beverly7

      March 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. It’s easy to understand Tebow mania. He’s of good moral character, great work ethic, a great role model, and tons of potential, and humble. Try and find that in today’s world – 1 in a million, especially a famous person. On top of all that, he’s handsome – the kid’s got it all. Because of his many attributes he is probably one of the most admired athletes, or persons, for that matter, anywhere. Some of his critics don’t grasp any of that. Sounds like the green-eyed monster to me.

      • pickles magee

        March 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

        He has it all except the skills to pass a football–Being good, faithful, and handsome will only get you so far in the NFL–Are we playing football or not people?

  10. John Wilson

    March 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Tebow is spiritually uplifiting to a game that hass fallen so low with scandal and drugs. It is nice to see a white knight that has moral fiber and the courage to express his beliefs openly.

    Tebow is a winner and will play for a team that appreciates winners, unlike Elway and the Broncos.

  11. RK

    March 21, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Yeah he and Bieber have so much in common…they both bench like 400lbs, outrun linebackers and beat arguably the best NFL defense in the playoffs. It’s no wonder a smart guy like Porter got them mixed up.

  12. Peter Fanoofnik

    March 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I can’t really understand the dislike for Tebow. But Joey Porter’s comments show his class level: Zero. Of course, people like Porter have a whole different cultural frame of reference.

  13. Chris

    March 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    People in this world just like to hate others. It’s amazing that people hate Tebow for simply praising God. While I’m not religious, and sometimes I get annoyed by the “thanking God” because I feel that God is not a being as though he’s portrayed sometimes, I also understand that if I want free speech, then it goes to everyone else as well. Aside from that, the guy harms no one, he’s not malicious, doesn’t bash others for no reason, like those are doing to him, but yet people hate on him? Seriously folks, perhaps you should turn off the TV, radio and go sit in silence and reflect why it REALLY is that you hate on people without good reason. Because no one knows ANYTHING about him on a level that would warrant genuine and justified dislike.

  14. Ben

    March 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Bash Bieber all ya want, I’d trade places with him in a flash! Young, fabulously successful and wealthy, and Selena Gomez….not bad for something that started as video on YouTube.

    And bash Tebow as well, but give him the right instructor and he could explode. This sort of thing has happened over and over…for instance, in baseball. A pitcher can struggle, get traded and get a new pitching coach, learn a new technique and improve their game drastically. A good example would be Steve Bedrosian, who pitched for the Braves and was decent, but not explosive. Traded to the Phillies, got a new pitching coach and later won the Cy Young award. Yes, I know, different sport….but the idea is the same. Get a new instructor, learn new techniques, then advance.

    At least Tebow seems to be a decent enough guy. He gives credit to everyone but himself, and THAT is a breath of fresh air in a sport where unbridled self-promotion has become the rule rather than the exception.

    But I have to wonder, how is he gonna fit in with the Jets??? I mean, from watching the NFL network it became fairly evident that the Jets had a lotta internal problems, and one that was mentioned repeatedly was their lack of cohesion as a unit. One Jets player said that other players were not concerned with the success of the team, as long as they excelled as individuals. So how is Tebow going to fit into an organization like that, when he seems to be the ultimate team player? Could he change the mindset of the Jets team? Unlikely, IMO.

    But it’ll be interesting to watch this unfold, to be sure!

  15. walter

    March 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Bieber has sex with teenage girls, gets them pregnant and pays off the family. That’s an insult to Tebow to be compared to Bieber. While he may not ever be the best qb to grace the field, he most certainly is a fine human being….genuine, kind, honest, helps those less fortunate and doesn’t speak negative about anybody. Who would rather have marry your daughter…..Bieber, Porter or Tebow?

    • Ron

      March 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      You are sorely mistaken. There was no payout from Bieber, and the minute he got the paternity test you stopped hearing about this crazy young lady since she crawled back into the hole she came from. You might want to check some facts before posting ridiculous comments. I was not aware of how good a kid he was until I sat down with my daughters and watched the movie about his concert tour. I would have no problem with him dating my daughter.

      • walter

        March 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

        A movie about a Bieber concert tour is not going to display him in a negative light and certainly wouldn’t touch on this subject. And of course it went away. That is what payoffs are all about. They agree not to talk on the subject anymore. If the paternity test was negative and this person was just out for the money, the exposure would have been as strong as it was prior to the silence. That’s fine if you wouldn’t mind him dating your daughter. Ultimately we’re on the outside looking in and only a few know the actual facts and I’m not one of them. So I could be wrong. Just like those that want to take down Tebow for all the wrong reasons, there are those who want to take down Bieber for all the wrong reasons as well. I think that Tebow’s life has been more open and there for all to see than Bieber, and even if just by being older, has been more of a role model than Bieber.

        • Ron

          March 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm

          I am not sure I see your point. He had the test, of his own accord, to prove this child was not his. After this, and apparently because she knew she could not prove it, she went away. I don’t think the comparison is valid mainly because I think Bieber is actually pretty talented and Tebow is a marginal QB at best. I have nothing against his lifestyle or how he chooses to live it, I just don’t think he is all that good at his job.

  16. Jeff

    March 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Who cares? Last signed to a 3-year contract in Arizona in 2010, he is a 35-year-old free agent who was let go by the team who signed him. Known for fights and even arressted for DUI and assault on an officer, does anyone really care about his opinion? Ironically, he said, “You gotta think that if I’m playing and you bring Tebow in. You’re not gonna think like, ‘What are we trying to do this year?’ I don’t think we can win right now with Tebow.” The irony? Obvisously, there are a lot of people who don’t think they can win with Porter. “If I’m playing…” He may not be, but Tebow already has a team.

  17. mike

    March 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Hob….nice that you are using the bible to judge other people. i thought only god can judge. you are the classic religious hypocrite….do you praise god in public or only in private? your a hater not a very good christian attitude…i am sure if i look i can quote scripture and find fault with you….you should be thankful that in this day and age that a man has the guts to stand up for his belief.. i think your only belief comes on sunday the rest of the week your just another hypocritical hater….better go back and read the good book again about forgiveness…not hatered and go out of you way do put down tebow and his causes….it is said that, it is better to be thought a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.,,have a nice day m

  18. Too Hyped

    March 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I think in a sense he is correct. Football (all sports for that matter) is just insignificant entertainment that does not deserve the time, effort or money put into it. Life nor death depend upon the outcome of any game. Tebow having a legendary work ethic would be just as content if football ended tomorrow. Joey Porter in any other profession would be insignificant. Don’t take football to seriuously Joey.

  19. Rachael

    March 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Joey who? Never heard of him……

  20. Bryan

    March 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Dont be mad because you a oogly asss

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