Tim Tebow, LeBron James respond to Hoge

August, 4, 2011
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Tim Tebow has responded to the harsh criticism of him by ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge.

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In his first tweet in nine days, Tebow wrote this Wednesday evening: "Hey Merril ...... 'ppreciate that."

It was in response to Hoge’s analysis of Tebow on "SportsCenter" on Wednesday morning.

Hoge said he has studied film of Tebow’s play last year and was not impressed. Hoge said Tebow has the skill set of a player drafted in the sixth or seventh round. Former Denver coach Josh McDaniels drafted Tebow in the first round (No. 25 overall) in 2010. Hoge said Tebow’s accuracy is "awful" and there is no way he is ready to start in the NFL. Hoge equated it to a Clydesdale running in the Kentucky Derby.

Tebow has fallen well behind Kyle Orton in the race to be Denver’s starting quarterback. Tebow’s tweet is not surprising. He has always been motivated by criticism.

Interestingly, Tebow received support Wednesday from another professional athlete who knows a thing about being maligned lately -- LeBron James. He sent out a series of tweets regarding Tebow and Hoge. This is one of James’ tweets: "Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL. He's a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he'll be nice."

I’m sure Tebow 'ppreciates James' words as well.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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