"Tim Tebow-mania" has taken the sports world by storm in recent weeks. Turn on the news, read the newspapers and surf the internet, everything you see is Tebow this and Tebow that. You may not agree with his religious beliefs or you may think Denver's defense is the sole reason why the Broncos sit on top the AFC West.
One thing is for certain, he's got a believer in fellow Florida Gator, Joakim Noah. The two spent time in Gainesville together and both won a National Championship in their respective sport.
When asked if he's taking Tebow or the Bears on Sunday, Noah's answer may have disappointed quite a few people in Chicago.
"Timothy! We got to show Timothy a little love here. You know for all the haters out there you know, the guy is kicking ass. Making me very proud to be a Gator boy," Noah said.
Noah is known to be hated around the NBA by other team's fan-bases, but Bulls' fans and his teammates love him. The same could be said about Tebow.
"I had a class with him, but you know, he's the real deal. You know he's a very humble guy and somebody who you know his teammates love him and you see they battle with him every night," Noah said.
It's no secret that Tebow doesn't have the most orthodox throwing style, but he's been a winner at every stop in his football career.
"He might not throw the ball great and that's all everybody wants to talk about. At the same time, people really underestimate the fact that you know his guys really go to bat for him. It was the same way at Florida and I can see is the same way with his team in Denver," Noah said.
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Sometimes the passage of time makes things a little sweeter.
Josh Sitton had been selected to three Pro Bowls while a member of the Green Bay Packers. At the end of training camp last year, the Packers abruptly released Sitton.
On Monday, Sitton was named to his fourth Pro Bowl, replacing former Green Bay teammate T.J. Lang. At age 30, this Pro Bowl was special.
"It's a great honor, always a goal of mine every year," Sitton said via conference call. "It's an honor to me and to the guys I play with, the guys helping me along...
"I would say just the age thing, the older you get, the more you appreciate them. You can't play at a high level in this game so the whole age thing makes it even more special."
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When the Bears were forced to go into Week 1 of the 2015 season with a shuffled offensive line, the situation wasn't ideal; Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long moving to right tackle as a hurried fill when neither Charles Leno nor Jordan Mills were an answer.
The 2016 season also began with an unexpected and significant shuffle, but this time with one that immediately bumped up the quality of the line. GM Ryan Pace moved quickly to sign Sitton after his release by the Green Bay Packers, a step that bumped rookie Cody Whitehair from guard to center, where he earned All-Rookie honors from the Pro Football Writers Association of America.
"It was challenging for sure," Sitton said. "It was something I haven't had to do for quite some time but it was stimulating being thrown in and needing to learn the offense in four or five days."
Sitton, who signed a three-year contract worth as much as $21 million with $10 million guaranteed, joins rookie running back Jordan Howard as the two Bears scheduled to play in the Pro Bowl. He started 12 of 13 games in 2016, missing time with an ankle injury but being a strong presence in a line that ranked No. 8 in sack percentage while getting Howard to a franchise-record 1,313 rushing yards even with a rookie center and a group that never played a game together before Week 1 in Houston against the Texans.
"I think we can only get better, now that we'll have an offseason together," Sitton said. "We'll see what we can do."