Tim Tebow dwarfs Joe Montana at Super Bowl
Joe Montana sat on a director’s chair conducting an interview right in the heart of Radio Row here at Super Bowl XLVI.
He was, somehow, all but ignored. Five feet away sat the center of attention, the quarterback who caused crowds to push up against barriers and crane their necks and hold their camera phones high and disregard Montana and the rest of the celebrities in this third-floor hotel ballroom. Tim Tebow brought Tebowmania to the Super Bowl on Thursday, and this was Justin Beiber walking through a shopping mall, minus the squeals of teenage girls. “Obviously he’s got something everyone gets excited about,” Montana said. “If you win, that’s going to happen.”
Montana has four Super Bowl titles and a legacy that puts him in the debate for greatest quarterback in NFL history. Tebow has nine regular-season victories as a starter. It doesn’t matter. Tebow needed two cops, an entourage of handlers and press agents and the focus that lets him barrel through a secondary just to get from one interview to the next. Everyone wanted a picture, an autograph a quick moment of his time.