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Mike Ditka on Tim Tebow: ‘Good for football, good for our country’


Mike Ditka was overly effusive with his praise of Tim Tebow and said the Philadelphia Eagles would be making a huge mistake not keeping him on the roster.

With Tebow currently embroiled in a training camp battle with Matt Barkley for the team’s third-string quarterback spot. If it were up to Ditka, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly would have already penciled him in and Tebow’s spot on the roster should be all but assured.

The former NFL head coach and current ESPN NFL analyst made his pro-Tebow argument during an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic, and made the point that the lightning rod quarterback’s influence and impact goes far beyond the football field.

“If I was coaching today I would acquire Tim Tebow, too,” Ditka told Harry Mayes and Rob Ellis, via “I’d find places to use him on my football team. I think players like Tim Tebow are good for sports. Good for football. Good for our country.

“He has character. You can’t buy character. A lot of people say they have it, but they don’t when it comes down to the nitty-gritty. You’ve got a guy right there who will be there right til the end.

“I’m not saying he’s the most talented guy. But, you can get a lot of productivity out of him in some areas. I think Chip will use him properly. That’s all.”

Ditka thinks that Tebow, who he referred to as a “marginal passer,” has shown he’s a stand-up guy that can nevertheless serve as an invaluable presence in the locker room.

“There’s always a place on your football team for character,” he said. “You’re gonna have a lot of spots on your team that don’t have it, so you can afford to keep a guy that has that kind of character. If the game of sport is all about talent, you have to have people that are good in a lot of areas.”

Kelly has remained remarkably consistent in his praise of the quarterback since signing him in the offseason. And with reports indicating his “excitement for Tebow is getting stronger,” perhaps Ditka’s wish will be fulfilled.