Could Tim Tebow be greaterthan Patrick Swayze? Coming from someone who considers Swayze to be everything holy, I realize that this statement is somewhat blasphemous. But is it true? What could Tim Tebow have in common with one of the fine actors of our time? Let’s break it down by comparing Tebow’s football journey to Patrick Swayze’s Hollywood climb…
We Watch and Wonder
The Outsiders (1983) – our introduction to Swayze. Who is this new, young, handsome fella? There are a lot of big names in this film, who went on to become Hollywood A-listers (Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Diane Lane), but who is this Swayze guy? There’s something about him, but we can’t quite put our finger on it. Could he be great?
Tebow makes a name for himself in college with the Florida Gators. As the NFL Draft approaches, people are skeptical. Can his style translate to a bigger stage? We don’t know, yet. We need to see more.
We Can’t Bear to Watch, and Wonder for Different Reasons
Red Dawn (1984) – Okay, I’ll admit to seeing about 20 minutes of this film before having to turn it off. Much like Tim Tebow’s performance against the Detriot Lions in Week 8.
From the Chrysalis Comes the Butterfly. . .
Dirty Dancing (1987) – A surprise cult fascination and following. Swayze made his point. He was here to stay, and there would be much more greatness to follow. He was charming, smooth. Girls wanted to date him and guys wanted his sweet moves. Again, this reminds me of Tebow, who had his breakout “Nobody puts Baby in the corner!” moment in 2010, when he declared, “There’s only one person who carries the ball right here!”
Which brings me to. . .
Road House (1989) – I would consider this the Super Bowl of Patrick Swayze films. You know: Dalton. Tebow. Each faces a group that wants to run him out of town. But neither is afraid of a little fire. Plain and simple: the movie is so bad, it’s good. It resembles Tebow, who has lousy passing stats but continues to win (in games, and c’mon admit it, in our hearts). But sometimes a lousy script is what makes a movie so great.
Road House Quotes ——>Tim Tebow’s NFL
“Pain don’t hurt.” (Jump to :50) ——> Tebow Brushes Off Injury Concerns Over Read-Option Offense
Dalton’s three rules to being “the best damn cooler in the business” (Jump to 2:08) –
- “One, never underestimate your opponent. Expect the unexpected…” ——> Tebow’s 20-yard touchdown to win it over the Jets in Week 1
- ”…Two, take it outside. Never start anything inside the bar unless it’s absolutely necessary…” ——> Tebow Can’t Control the Critics, But He Can Control the Broncos’ Fate
- ”…And three, be nice.” ——> The Tim Tebow Foundation
After Roadhouse, Swayze went on to star in other hits, such as Ghost (1990) and Point Break (1991). And after his most recent comeback victory – driving 95 yards to beat the Jets — I think Tebow only has good things ahead of him. Sure, he may have a “To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar” (1995) moment somewhere down the line, but don’t let that get in the way of what he’s done so far.