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Tim Tebow's Nike 2.1 Trainer Shoe Deal

"He's an NFL rookie who hasn't played a down of football and he already gets his own Nike shoe?" --some might say, but its really not surprising that Tim Tebow is already getting his own Nike shoe.

First, the shoe is being endorsed by both Nike and EA Sports. EA Sports is most famous for its Madden NFL Football video games and its NCAA football games. Tebow was the cover athlete for the most recent NCAA football video game, and last years cover athlete San Francisco Forty-Niners wide receiver Michael Crabtree signed a deal with Nike Air Jordan shoes as a rookie.

True, Tebow is getting his very own personally branded shoe, but it isn't an NFL shoe, nor does it have the colors of the Denver Broncos--the team that picked him with the twenty fifth pick in the April 2010 NFL Draft. Instead, the shoe shows off Tebow's college Florida Gators colors. Inscribed in the left shoe are the words "The Promise" and this commemorates Tim Tebow's vow to not lose another game and win out the season--which the Gators eventually did indeed accomplish.

Tebow is considered one of, if not the greatest college football player to ever play the game. As a quarterback, Tebow broke Herschel Walker's SEC record for rushing touchdowns. Herschel Walker was a prolific running back for the NFL Dallas Cowboys and the fact that a quarterback broke his long standing record was very surprising. Some critics of Tebow believe he ran very effectively in college, but believe his throwing ability may not translate well to the NFL. Others believe that with time, he can be coached into an elite NFL quarterback due to his college success and hard work ethic.

Time will tell if Tebow pans out as a quarterback in the NFL, but his popularity is through the roof right now, hot off the heels of his exceptional college career with two Heisman Trophy awards. Tebow's jersey is currently the number one selling NFL jersey in the country--all this without him playing a down of professional football.

Touting number one NFL jersey sales before his inaugural season even begins, it's tough to fault Nike for wanting to cash in on Tebow Time. With questions surrounding the way his game might translate to the NFL, this time may be good as any.