The radio was alive with conversation on Monday morning about Tim Tebow’s apparent positive attitude and mannerisms following the Bronco’s loss Sunday afternoon. Walking off the field after the game Tebow was seen slapping fans’ hands, head up, and handed his game towel off to a young girl in the crowd. The radio dj’s commented “how could he be showing this emotion after a horrible loss and being “tebowed” by a Lions player after being sacked”.
Another take on Tim Tebow’s presentation of himself was that other NFL players are jealous of Tebow’s ability to brush off a loss as well as his mannerisms on and off the field; his composure seems to be unmatchable. He appears to be unfazed by mocking from fans and other players, doesn’t lash out at coaches, teammates or opponents. The radio hosts went on to try and find a reasoning for his composure and behaviors. Could it be his religious background? Could it be his support from media attention, positive and negative?
As sport and mental skills training consultants, we should take this athlete in to consideration to use as an example for younger athletes. Exploring how emotions are controlled through good and bed performance, good and bad reviews, ultimate success and failure, can allow clients and the consultant to identify mechanisms and skills that best fit the client. In a team setting, this example of an athlete can show how if support and commonality of purpose within a team, these same composure elements may be able to shine through in rough and good times.