NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Tebow-Mania Is Now Edible

Tim Tebow is transcendent. Here’s how I know: First off, I don’t even have to preface his name by saying “former Jets quarterback” or “Heisman Trophy winner”. Because he’s such an iconic phenomenon regarding just about everything other than football that all I have to do is say “Tim Tebow”, and you immediately get down on one knee and bow your head. People who have never watched a National Football League game know who Tim Tebow is.

Second, there’s no other third string quarterback that could get released by two teams, get signed to another team after not playing at all last season, and immediately … without throwing a touchdown or taking a snap or even doing a jumping jack in Philadelphia … have a food item designed in his likeness:

Yup, the newest Eagles quarterback already has a pretzel in his likeness. Eating a pretzel depicting a man praying? Seems like something that can be construed as sacrilegious. Like a chocolate cross or something. But it’s an inventive use of pretzel dough, to be sure.

You know who I feel for? Mark Sanchez. First the Jets bring in Tebow to compete with him without ever having a real plan for him, and all they accomplished was to give Sanchez a complex. Then Sanchez slinks to Philadelphia in relative obscurity, steps in to take the reins of the Eagles to admirable results, and his reward is to have Tim Tebow haunt him again. It’s like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles where Sanchez is Steve Martin and Tebow is John Candy.

And the worst part, Sanchez never had a pretzel shaped in one of his signature moments.

Then again, that’s probably a good thing.

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(Tebow photo courtesy of Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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