According to dictionary.com a truck is defined as “any of various wheeled frames used for transporting heavy objects.”
Job well done. A great post if I do say so myself.
No, just kidding, this post is not about a lorry -as the Brits call it- but instead it’s about the word “truck” as a verb, and more specifically the meaning it has acquired with football connotation. Most people know this term, but for those of you that don’t it is in reference to when a player (usually in possession of the ball) flattens or “runs over” his opponent – like a truck.
The reason I am drawing attention to this is because Tim Tebow was recently credited for “trucking” Kyries Hebert, a safety for the Cincinnati Bengals, who is listed as a third-string strong safety on their website’s depth chart. Let me start by telling you a bit about Mr. Hebert. He played his college ball at UL-Lafayette and was signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 2002 as an undrafted free agent but failed to make the team. For the final game of the 2002 season the Houston Texans added him to their active roster, but he never got on the field. After that the Texans cut him.
For 2003 he was out of luck with nobody to sign him. So for four years (2004-07) he went up north to play in the CFL (Canadian Football League) for the Ottawa Renegades and Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Then finally in 2008 he found his way back to the NFL, inking a two year contract with the Bengals. During the 08 and 09 seasons Hebert was a solid contributor on special teams tallying up a grand total of 36 solo tackles in those two years. He will turn 30 in early October and is likely hoping that he’ll still be helping out on the Bengals coverage at that time.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Kyries Hebert is a hard working, great guy. While doing the research for this article I found his official website and read the letter he wrote on it to his fans and it seems as though he does a lot to give back to the community and is most certainly a story of somebody who had to work his tail off to achieve his dream suiting up for and contributing on an NFL team. However, when it comes to the standards of the NFL he’s not exactly a great player. Actually, he’s essentially completely unknown and dispensable.
So you’ll have to excuse me for not jumping up like everyone else to praise Tebow’s debut performance of 13 attempts for 8 completions 105 yards and zero (none, zilch, nada) touchdown passes… against third and fourth string defensive players. I was going to give you some links to a bunch of articles written by those who went all starry-eyed when they saw Tebow’s mediocre stat line, but I don’t need to do that because you can simply type “tebow debut” into Google News and it will provide you with about a thousand links – and I’m not exaggerating. I was going to quote these article and pick them apart point by point, but there are entirely to many quotes and articles to sift through and proving them wrong would be entirely too easy.
Instead let’s take a look at some of the comments left by the readers of these articles, who are also sipping on the blue and orange kool-aid (which conveniently works for both the Broncos and Gators) which -I might add- are two colors that when mixed together make brown, and let me remind you that brown is the color or a certain “sh” word… and no, I’m not talking about shoes. Either way, comment number one is provided for us by 795re of youtube when he commented on this video:
And the comment is as follows:
Tebow would OWN!! Ndamukong Suh!! Tebow would truck his ass and flatten Suh!! Tebow is a beast!!”
Now let me start by saying that I read through this entire comment thread and nobody had mentioned Ndamukong Suh (the Detroit Lions first round draft choice) at all. And for those that don’t know, the Lions and Broncos are not rivals, they aren’t even the same conference, let alone the same division. Tebow and Suh were not rivals in college, and as far as I know these two have never competed in as much as a friendly game of Candy Land. So why this commenter decided to drag Suh into the conversation I have no idea, but since he did let’s go ahead and address it.
While Hebert -who was supposedly trucked by Tebow- is bigger for a safety, weighing in at 222 pounds (Tebow is 245) he is nowhere near the size of Suh, who carries 307 pounds on his 6’4 frame and don’t think he’s just your average big-n-ugly lineman either. There were numerous reports about him around the time of the NFL combine stating that he had hardly any body fat and that it’s remarkable how big he is without looking fat. So while Tebow can probably truck some of the smaller members of your local girl scout troop, the only way he’s ever going to be trucking Ndamukong Suh is if he does it with an actual truck, and even then I wouldn’t necessarily bet against Suh.
Let’s move on to comment number two, which is from the same youtube video but is by GatorBaitIn08 (I’m editing out certain words and replacing them with a more politically correct version – those changes are all in brackets):
TEBOW [effing] OWNED! GOT HIT AND THEN WENT DOWN AND [effing] TRUCKED THAT SAFTEY JUST LIKE HE DID VS SEC GUYS! THE DUDE CAN OWN AND PROVED ALL THE HATERS THATHE CAN PLAY! THE DUDE WAS ON IN ACCURACY THE WR JUST DIDNT CATCH IT! HE STILL HAS THE SAME THROWING MOTION BUT STILL SCORED A TD WITH HIS LEGS! THIS GUY HAS NOT CHANGED! HE WILL ALWAYS BE A WINNER IN THE GAME OF FOOTBALL AND IN HIS RELIGION! GOD BLESS!!!! THE HATERS!!! HAHA
This is a classic comment from one of those fans that doesn’t actually know a single thing when it comes to the sport they’re debating about. First off Tebow didn’t own anybody. Period. He had a dime-a-dozen day against a defense comprised in large part of players that won’t even make the Bengals final roster. Tebow’s longest pass of the day that wasn’t out of the shotgun (let’s not forget that’s one of the question marks about him – can he take snaps under center?) was for seven yards. Also he didn’t truck “that safety” (aka: Hebert) but we’ll get to that later. And he didn’t prove to “all the haters that he can play.” He had two rushing attempts and thirteen passing attempts in the last twenty minutes of the first preseason game. Anybody who thinks that anything can be determined after twenty minutes of a preseason game is clearly delusional.
My favorite part about this though is when the commented says, “he still has the same throwing motion but still scored a TD with his legs!” Well let me tell you something, idiot. He had to score the touchdown with his legs because his unchanged throwing motion wasn’t good enough to score a touchdown with his arm. I’m also not entirely sure what it means to be a winner in his religion. I didn’t realize religion was a competition. I won’t touch that though… I also won’t touch on the fact that this person felt the need to comment in all caps with random, unnecessary exclamation points to boot.
Our third quote is from someone commenting under the name Joel on this article by Doug Farrar of Yahoo sports. Here’s the comment:
I like how rivers is proven so his mechanics are fine, but tebow is a rookie and hasn’t proved anything so he has to work on his. Did phillip rivers win a national title? two? a heisman? no, ok, i guess he does have to prove things then. Did anyone notice that while tebow was playing against third stringers he was also playing with third stringers? two easy dropped passes and he would have been 10-13 with close to 200 yards, guess thenhe’d still have to work on his mechanics, oh and that goal line hit he took that he got right up from? how’d that bengal player do that hit him, is he still on the ground? Did anyone notice the time orton had in the pocket after he stepped up once, give any qb that time (even tebow) and they can have the slowest release ever and would still have a good percentage of completed passes. I’ll take tebow, you can have crapford or jimmy clausen all day long.
Well Joel, let me explain some things to you real quick. You’re right, Tebow “is a rookie and hasn’t prove(n) anything” and because of this he needs to work on his throwing motion. If he doesn’t change his throwing motion and is successful in the NFL (not going to happen) then he will no longer need change his throwing motion because he will have proven that he can succeed with it. See how that works? Once a player has proven that their technique works, the technique is no longer questioned. Kinda funny, but only funny because you don’t seem to understand it. Also did Tim Tebow win a national title? Two? No. The Florida Gators won two titles while he was on the roster, but I believe it was a team effort, and not Tebow by himself out there. Also, one of those two titles you speak of, Tebow wasn’t even the starting quarterback – it was Chris Leak. And please explain to me how two dropped passes, if completed, would have given Tebow close to 200 yards in that game. He had 105, which is 95 short of 200. It’s extremely unlike that two more completions would have given him 95 more yards, and yes, even then he would still need to work on his mechanics.
As for having time in the pocket, I believe the stat most commonly heard on this is that a quarterback in the NFL can expect to have about four seconds (on average) in the pocket behind a fairly good o-line. If you go back and watch the video above again and try to pause it at the exact moment that Tebow gets hit, it’s right at about four or five seconds, so don’t try to make an argument for him not having enough time in the pocket. He has an unbelievably slow release and it’s going to cost him. Only in the future it will likely be players like Dwight Freeney and Ray Lewis crushing him rather than Jeromy Miles. And what in the world do you have against Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen? And why didn’t you include Colt McCoy? Oh and I’ll take Bradford and Clausen all day long, and with them I will out play Tebow all day long.
Now for a comment on the same article from pmrobbins:
It looks to me like there are some haters towards Tebow. Anytime anyone is great (no matter their “mechanics”), people will respond out of jealousy and resentment. Tebow will be successful in the NFL just as he was in college. I’m so tired of sport obsessed d-bags (that never have and never will step on an NFL field) critiqueing a great player whom they have never met and have never worked with and never will. We need more guys like Tebow in the NFL that actually are committed to the game and not just to what kind of deal they can work out for next season. I look forward to all these writers eating their words about how Tebow won’t be a good quarterback in the NFL! And hey writer…”his throwing motion could be compared to Charles Barkley’s golf swing?!!! Come on man!…you’re definitley some wine bag hater that is a fan of one of the many teams Tebow beat the crap out of in college!
I’m going to just go ahead and use what Bryan had to say about this quote:
Let’s turn this around for a second. “It looks to me like there are some haters towards [author Doug] Farrar. Anytime anyone is great (no matter their “writing style”), people will respond out of jealousy and resentment. Farrar will be successful as an NFL writer just as he was in college. I’m so tired of sport obsessed d-bags (that never have and never will step into a news editing room) critiqueing a great writer whom they have never met and have never worked with and never will.” Good comment, moron.
Well said, Bryan. Though on this comment I would like to point out that nobody defending Tebow ever talks football. All they do is quote his accomplishments in college and then say how great of a person he is as though they know him better than any of the rest of us who have never met him. Guess what, people didn’t think Tiger Woods would have ever cheated on his wife and look what happened. I hope some similar scandal comes out about Tebow somewhere down the line.
Another quote from the same article, this one written by Dante:
…Timmy is approaching the NFL just like he has approached every other challenge that he has in life: He gives his best, he listens to his coaches, he walks the walk, and he makes adjustments. Is he overhyped, no way. America can not talk about this kid enough, because as long as we are talking about Timmy, we aren’t talking everything that is bad in the world. We are talking about a son anyone would love to have, a friend anyone would be blessed to know, and a teammate everyone will love to have around. As long as we talk about Timmy, we aren’t talking drugs, bad attitudes, and selfish millionaires that only try hard in their contract year. So, if you want to down on Timmy and you don’t want to hope the best for him, perhaps you should reevaluate what is important to you about sports.
Again I’m going to supply you with Bryan’s take:
This is the one that angers me the most. You know what we’re also not hearing about? Jeremy Maclin’s adoption into an all-white community as the only black kid. Kerwin Stricker going through the exact same thing. L’Damian Washington watching his mother die at a high school basketball game and then having to make the decision to leave his brothers and sisters to play college football at Mizzou. Yeah, I realize that’s only one school that I know the best…who knows how many more stories are just like that, if not better. How many people would know Michael Oher’s story if it weren’t for a movie? Yet everyone knows that this kid from an upper-class family circumcised some Filipino kids. Stupid.
Bryan makes a phenomenal point here. There are countless stories that none of us have heard about athletes who do great things for their community and with their lives away from sports. That’s not what makes headlines though, apparently unless your name is Tim Tebow. Another example that I’ll add to Bryan’s list is the story of Scott Fujita that Bryan himself posted back in March about how Fujita donated a ton of money to Haiti, or the post I just published a week ago about Eric Berry being a great person, or how about Kyries Hebert who Tebow supposedly trucked this past weekend. Hebert donates a bunch of his own time and money (from a much smaller paycheck than Tebow’s I might add – about a fourth the size actually) to his hometown high school in Eunice, Louisiana.
So now that I’ve made a nice full circle out of this and brought it all back to Kyries Hebert and the topic at hand of whether or not he did or did not get trucked by Tebow, I’m going to make my final points. First let’s take a look at some indisputable “truckings” because these ones are text book, and keep in mind that they’re mostly against very solid, All-Pro defenders:
First, Brandon Jacob trucks Brian Urlacker:
Then Adrian Peterson trucks Al Harris, and this one is a thing of beauty:
Here you get to see Mike Bell truck Daniel Bullocks:
Now back to Adrian Peterson and this time he’s trucking William Gay, and if this isn’t the definition of “trucking” then I don’t know what is. He runs the defender over and keeps going.
So with all those fresh in your mind, so that you have a good idea of what it means when a player “trucks” another player, here is the video of Tebow supposedly trucking Hebert:
As you can see, there were three people in that collision: Tebow, Hebert and linebacker Abdul Hodge (number 52) and if you ask me, Hodge is the one who laid the biggest hit. Tebow and Hebert kinda hit shoulders and deflected off in different directions but Hodge, who weighs 236, seemed to get a pretty good lick in on Tebow and actually knocked him into Hebert. You can see it best when the show the angle that starts at the eight second mark. Either way nobody was trucked.
If you want to see somebody get trucked, let a Tennessee boy show you how it’s done. This is Jamal Lewis absolutely annihilating Bart Scott. Lewis doesn’t have the ball in this case and as I said above, when a trucking occurs the player is “usually in possession of the ball” but that doesn’t mean it’s always the case and this is one of those rare cases when a player doesn’t have the ball but still finds a way to truck another player:
And as a good rule of thumb, if you want to see a bunch of players getting trucked, just watch a Earl Campbell highlight video:
Just to wrap things up, this isn’t a trucking exactly, but it is a vicious stiff-arm that Jonathan Stewart lays on Ronde Barber and is certainly worthy of being shown here:
Do you agree with me? Disagree with me? Have a different take on it completely? Think Tebow did truck Hebert? Think I’m crazy? Think I have the wrong view on Tebow all together? Let me hear about in the comments.
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