Former NFL player and future hall of famer Deion Sanders was quite complementary when speaking about former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow on Pardon the Interruptionn with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon on Thursday. Sanders, who was interviewed by the duo on location in Miami, FL, for Super Bowl XLIV, indicated that you have to evaluate Tebow based on his career instead of what a few scouts may think.
“In Pee Wee football – he succeeded. In high school football – he was a winner. In college football – not only was he a winner and National Champion…Heisman Trophy! [He was] always at the race. He’s a winner,” Sanders exclaimed. “How can you discount a winner in regards to anything? If he were playing you in a game of checkers, I might pick him.”
When questioned by Wilbon about the flack Tebow has received recently for his workouts at the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl, Sanders dismissed the critics. “They miss so much on the combine,” he continued. “They get a lot of it right, but it’s a lot of misses at the combine because it’s one guru who has a few credentials that says, ‘This guy has terrible mechanics.’ Well, who doesn’t? If you really look at a guy negatively…why don’t we start looking at what’s right about him instead of looking at what’s wrong with him?
At the start of the interview, Sanders was asked if he heard comments made about Tebow by former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann earlier in the day. In response, he scoffed and replied, “Did Joe say that for shock treatment?”
Sanders was an eight-time Pro Bowler, six-time First Team All-Pro selection, two-time Super Bowl Champion, NFL Defensive Player of the Year, two-time NFC Defensive Player of the Year and member of the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade team. With 53 career interceptions, he knows a thing or two about professional quarterbacks.