Todd Reesing talks Tim Tebow


When former Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing caught the highlights of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow unleashing his unusual style on the NFL, it brought back memories.

Reesing, though more of a pure passer than Tebow, shared a lot of characteristics with the former Florida Gators standout during his playing days at KU.

Tebow, who won a Heisman Trophy and two national championships at Florida, will begin his quest to repeat that kind of postseason magic in the NFL at 3:30 today, when his fourth-seeded Broncos (8-8) play host to No. 5 Pittsburgh (12-4).

The fact that the Broncos are even in this position speaks to Tebow’s leadership. After handing the starting quarterback job to Tebow in Week 6, Denver went 7-4 down the stretch and won the AFC West. Although the run-first QB struggled during the past three weeks and was criticized throughout the season, Reesing said neither fact changed the bottom line.

“It’d be unfair to say that he doesn’t bring something to the table that a lot of other players don’t have,” Reesing said.

That “something” typically is measured in intangibles, and, because of those, Tebow has become one of the most polarizing figures in all of sports. Most football followers either love Tebow’s game or hate it. There’s not much in between. Reesing, however, falls in the middle, saying he doesn’t necessarily root for or against Tebow. He does admire him, though.

“He’s just a true competitor,” Reesing said. “He gets enough flak and grief for all the other things off the football field, it’s hard to take anything away from him on the field.”

The Tebow intangible that impresses Reesing the most rests inside his helmet.

“He is so mentally tough that he can go 3-of-16 in the first half and then bounce back and go 16-of-24 in the fourth quarter and lead his team to victory,” Reesing said. “The fact that he’s done it week after week when he continues to be scrutinized for his passing mechanics and not being able to complete a high percentage... at the end of the day, he finds a way to win.”

Reesing knows a thing or two about being scrutinized. Throughout his playing career, the Austin, Texas, native was criticized for being too small or too slow. All he did was use the doubt as fuel for a record-setting career at KU, where he served as a catalyst for one of the Jayhawks’ best football stretches of all-time.

As for his career beyond college football, Reesing did not get an opportunity in the NFL. In fact, he barely got a chance at all. The Saskatchewan Roughriders, of the Canadian Football League, picked him up for a few days, only to send him home after they wound up with a surplus at the position.

Since then, Reesing, who now works in client relations at the recently opened Vancouver branch of Dimensional Fund Advisors — owned by KU alum David Booth and based in Austin — has thought a lot about football.

“It’s pretty much done and behind me at this point,” he said. “I had offers for Arena ball and overseas and stuff, but it really wasn’t going to progress anywhere so I figured I’d just move on to the next chapter and get started with work.”

Does he miss the game?

“Every day, man,” he said. “It would’ve been fun to continue to play, but, hey, we went out with a couple of good years at Kansas and I’ve got nothing but fond memories. I’m not leaving the game with a sour taste, which is probably more than a lot of people can say.”


escaped_labrat 6 years, 5 months ago

My favorite KU player in any sport all-time

manginodrh00lz 6 years, 5 months ago

Last week you said that about Micah Downs - we can't take you seriously.

hawk316 6 years, 5 months ago

Todd Reesing was truly a joy to watch. I will always remember the Colorado game when Mangino pulled Todd's redshirt, and #5 led us to victory. As I sat in the stands that fateful day, I knew we were watching the debut of a special talent.

I can understand Todd's appreciation of Tebow's play. Although Reesing was an excellent passer, of course, he brought similar intangibles onto the field that inspired his teammates to perform at a higher level.

sevenyearhawk 6 years, 5 months ago

I remember EXACTLY where I was sitting in the stadium that day ...

I talked to Mr. Reesing and Mr. Freeman before a KU/KSU game on The Hill (Neal Jones from MetroSports was interviewing them for a story)

But, I never got to meet Todd ...

danmoore 6 years, 5 months ago

Todd certainly contributed to a very exciting time in KU football and I'd love to watch him in the arena league or wherever, but Vancouver is a pretty cool town to hang out.

Ludwig Supraphonic 6 years, 5 months ago

As a Chiefs fan, John Elway's quick release, team management, and ability to read defenses was a nightmare. I think his lack of enchantment with Tebow is based in an accurate assessment of his skill set. I doubt Tebow will have extended success in the NFL.

hawk316 6 years, 5 months ago

Hornhawk, I have to disagree. Tebow is such a fierce competitor and incredible, inspirational leader, he will find a way to have success. He obviously must improve in several areas to become a top notch NFL qb, but I expect him to work very hard to get better and, as a result, make dramatic strides in a relatively short time.

Ludwig Supraphonic 6 years, 5 months ago

I love his attitude and intensity! Yesterday's performance sure looks like a winner. Glad to be wrong!

BleedCnB 6 years, 5 months ago

All regards to Reesing, but teblow is going down in a crumpled mess come Sunday, if he don't get yanked before the 1st quarter is over.

Go Steelers!!!!!!!

KGphoto 6 years, 5 months ago

The crumpled mess might be Roethlisburger, but who cares?

CardHawkFan 6 years, 5 months ago

All I know is that we really should find a way to get him back involved with our football program. Jake Sharp is still around, too. HCCW, bring em back into the fold!

blackhawkjayhawk 6 years, 5 months ago

Romeo is going to the Chiefs. I think we'll have our DC by Monday.

Jace FitzGibbon 6 years, 5 months ago

correction to your stats matt. Denver went 7-4 down the stretch. sorry to be that guy that corrects lol i love your articles btw.

denver record: with orton: 1-4 with tebow:7-4

Dan Pawlowski 6 years, 5 months ago

You corrected and added. Your obviously a Bronco or Tebow fan. The defense played much better the second half. It is a team game.

Jace FitzGibbon 6 years, 5 months ago

while im an atheist and i dislike his religious side, i'm a huge tebow fan. its impossible to not like the guy. he doesnt do anything wrong and is just the nicest guy.


Dan Pawlowski 6 years, 5 months ago

There are plenty of athletes that are "class acts". You just don't notice them because they do not call attention to themselves.

hawk316 6 years, 5 months ago

STL, kudos to you for not allowing your religious views to cloud your judgment concerning Tebow. As a very enthusiastic Christian (once you encounter the incredible love of God, it's hard not to be very enthusiastic!), I know that we stand world's apart in matters of faith, but we can still agree on what a special talent and person Tebow is. That's cool.

Jace FitzGibbon 6 years, 5 months ago

thanks. i could care less if someone is really religious just as long as you dont get all in my face telling me how my life is a lie or something cause i dont believe in god lol. tebows religious beliefs arent a factor to me

Matt Tait 6 years, 5 months ago

Thanks... My bad. Those last two games were very forgettable. It's fixed now.

Jace FitzGibbon 6 years, 5 months ago

yes they were snooze fests of games. especially that chiefs game. ugh

timtation 6 years, 5 months ago

Tebow didn't win those, it was the team. Tebow tried to blow the games if it wasn't for the defense keeping games close and the field goal kicker Tebow would be winless. Do you praise him too?

Dan Pawlowski 6 years, 5 months ago

Because Tebow played for a bigger program with a better reputation. That together with winning a Heisman, an award for player not position (and an award heavily influenced by where you play) gets you a better shot in the NFL. No one but the Broncos wanted to draft this guy in the first round. Had the Broncos not drafted him he would have been around until at least the 5 or 6th round. As a passing quarterback, yes Reesing is much better. As a running back , Tebow is better.

Jace FitzGibbon 6 years, 5 months ago

well thats not true. even though some guys got drafted from big name schools they dont play in the nfl anymore.

john david booty chris leak

and a lot of the big time college QBs are warming benches as 3rd stringers. tebow keeps the play alive and is elusive with the ball in his hand. Reesing couldnt have probably done that in the nfl.

Dan Pawlowski 6 years, 5 months ago

"Couldn't" Easy to make strong statements when discussing possibilities. I did not say playing at a stronger football school guarantees being drafted but it certainly helps. Two examples do not an argument make. Elusive with the ball in his hand. Yea so is David Copperfield. Tebow will not be in the league as a quarterback very long. I would still take Reesing over Tebow.

Jace FitzGibbon 6 years, 5 months ago

thats why youre not a GM. and i said PROBABLY couldn't because i dont know.

and there are many more than 2 guys from big name schools i just couldnt think of anymore off the top of my head.

but good job sounding like the mass of tebow haters. do you listen to merril hodge everyday?

Dan Pawlowski 6 years, 5 months ago

But Tebow is not a QB. If he wants to stay in the league he needs to switch positions. Urlacher was right. Tebow is a good RB.

Jace FitzGibbon 6 years, 5 months ago

"But Tebow is not a QB"

wait i might be mistaken but isn't he the starting QB for the Broncos in their playoff game today? didn't he start for the Gators and win them 2 national titles?

i guess he's not a QB then even though he takes all the snaps from the center. weird

Dan Pawlowski 6 years, 5 months ago

Actually it's easy to bet against Tebow. Check the Vegas odds.

timtation 6 years, 5 months ago

Both of them are turds. For all who doesn't know Reesing deserved more of a shot in the NFL than Tebow but he's small. BTW just because you win the Heisman doesn't mean you automatically go pro. There's several players that won the heisman and didn't go pro.

Matt Tait 6 years, 5 months ago

Nothing wrong with you being unimpressed... Like I said, the guy's very polarizing. And he's a work in progress. I'm far from sold on his long-term viability, but it's been one interesting season.

When I talked to Reesing for the Crist/Heaps story, we got to talking about Tebow and instead of letting his thoughts go unheard, I thought I'd share them and provide a little update on what Reesing's doing.

No way I would've written a Reesing/Tebow article without an update on Todd. That was the real reason for running this. Glad you enjoyed that part.

Jace FitzGibbon 6 years, 5 months ago

uh maybe you should watch a broncos game. its pretty hard to throw in the nlf when its 3rd and long cause your coach wont let you rarely throw (if at all) on 1st and 2nd down. The defense can just drop guys into coverage knowing tebow has to throw.

plus lately, he's been thrown A LOT better and hitting accurate throws; just his receivers keep dropping them...

Dan Pawlowski 6 years, 5 months ago

The play book is limited only by Tebow's abilities. The only credit to Denver wins should go to the Defense.

Dan Pawlowski 6 years, 5 months ago

Yea a QB rating of 20.6 is all on the receivers. - Sarcasm.

Jace FitzGibbon 6 years, 5 months ago

lol you're such a troll.

you know that if a receiver drops a pass it negatively messes with a qb rating right? and again its because Fox puts Tebow in a position to even where Brady couldnt get high ratings.

when you run 95% of the time on 1st and 2nd down then have to always throw it on 3rd, you're not going to complete a lot of passes

Dan Pawlowski 6 years, 5 months ago

And your are so addicted to the Tebow cool-aid. There were plenty of plays where receivers were just standing wide open. But I guess they were too far away,

Jace FitzGibbon 6 years, 5 months ago

and before you freak out, no its not all on his receivers but it is a major factor. its pretty crazy that hes had the success he'd had with how little he has to work with

he isnt a great thrower but he's improving and needs time. no one expects him to be peyton manning out there but jeez give the kid some time. its his 2nd year

Dan Pawlowski 6 years, 5 months ago

Not freaking out. Just in touch with reality. You need to do the same or you are going to have a major crisis when reality rears its ugly head.

Jace FitzGibbon 6 years, 5 months ago

well there hasnt been a "crisis" the past 3 weeks. Time will tell i guess.

drnater 6 years, 5 months ago

He's 0-3 the past 3 weeks. With arguably the worst 2 games the past 2 weeks. A few problems with yours and other Tebow followers. 1. All he does is win- So did Vince Young and look what he's doing. 2. His coach doesnt let him throw- The dude is deathly afraid of man to man coverage. He had wide open receivers all day against the Chiefs and just wouldnt throw the ball. Thats on him, not on the coach. 3. His receivers drop the ball- see Chiefs receivers the past 3 years. Thats with an accurate QB. 4. His receivers arent that good- What receiver do you know that wants to play for a QB that cant get him the ball? Why do you think they traded Lloyd? 5. He has x amount of comeback victories!- Check the defense from when Von Miller started turning it on to when he got hurt, you'll see that the wheels began to fall off against Minnesota (who has an aweful defense) then the Haney led Bears had 2 of the worst mental mistakes ever in their game. I know that that happens in football, but ive never seen someone get such luck to happen for them in a season. Then when the ball doesnt go his way we see how it turns out he falls apart.

Steve Gantz 6 years, 5 months ago

Reesing and company gave us something rare, good memories of KU football.

Jackalope7 6 years, 5 months ago

I'm as big of a Jayhawk fan as anyone...but I'm also a big Broncos fan too. Some people at my work think the Broncos made a big mistake in releasing Orton. Especially when the Cheifs picked him up. I've always said this about Orton and Cheifs fans will find this out. Orton will never lose the game for you...but he'll never win it for you either. But, I'm not that high on Tebow either. He may have everything you want in "character" and "leadership skills" as a QB. But he's not gonna take the Broncos to the Super Bowl. Don't have anything against Tebow, but it is what it is. I hope he proves me wrong thou and becomes a quality QB.

Dan Pawlowski 6 years, 5 months ago

He will lose more games for the Broncos than Orton would have.

Jackalope7 6 years, 5 months ago

BoulderHawk, Maybe so. Just as long as Tebow does it now so the Broncos can figure out what they have in Tebow. If he does it now, the Broncos can move on to getting a better QB. I'm not sold on Tebow. If he does well, great. If not, then find a better solution.

Dan Pawlowski 6 years, 5 months ago

He won't and delaying the inevitable is hurting them more than helping.

timtation 6 years, 5 months ago

You love Tebow? Tebow is terrible and is much worse than Orton. Anyone saying different doesn't know football. You can go on wins and loses but bottom line Tebow did everything to blow all the games Denver won and you think he won them, it wasn't him, it was the team that saved the losses and the media gave Tebow the credit and you fell for it hook line and sinker. Tebow is the most selfish person on the planet he's always trying to get on t.v and acting like he loves GOD and people, Micheal Jackson did more for people than Tebow, so Tebow put your money where your mouth is. The only thing Tebow is good at is lying. And where did he get that cold sore? I thought he was the seconded coming of christ.

Jackalope7 6 years, 5 months ago

Um...Calm down dawg...nobody is saying he's the next coming of Christ. I'm not religious, so I don't get caught up in his personal stuff. I just care if he wins games for my Broncos. Its just a game, man.

hawk316 6 years, 5 months ago

Jack, Tebow is still very young and has so much room for improvement. As I said earlier, I expect him to improve dramatically in the years to come.

Doug Merrill 6 years, 5 months ago

Jackalope I believe Mr. Orton won one for the Chiefs just last Sunday.

Jackalope7 6 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, the Chiefs scored one TD that wasn't thrown by Orton. Don't get me wrong, Tebow had an awful game that only enabled the Broncos to score 3 points. But Orton didn't win you that game. Besides, didn't Tebow beat the Chiefs with Two compeleted passes. First time that's happen since 1971. I'm just giving you cr*p. The Chiefs are my second favorite team, so I'm kidding with ya in all this.

Dan Pawlowski 6 years, 5 months ago

He moved the ball more than Tebow. That leads to touchdowns.

Sparko 6 years, 5 months ago

Denver had great field position the entire second half. Orton played a great mangement type of game to ensure the win. Tebow was awful--arguably the least talented QB on an NFL squad I have ever seen. Literally could not check down. His mechanics are worse than reported. His emotional and whiny demeanor was also not helpful.

Doug Merrill 6 years, 5 months ago

Understood - and I am pulling for the Broncos today!

Jeff Coffman 6 years, 5 months ago

Game film.

It is interesting to see what occurs to a player after there is enough Game Film on a player at the level they are playing. There are a lot of players out there that look great, but once there is game film on them, their tendancies, their weaknesses, and their strengths are identified.

If you look at the great QBs right now, Brady, Manning, Rodgers. After any good or bad pass, they are on the sidelines looking at the films and adjusting, that's what makes them great.

Tebow has arguably been good in the 4th qtr only, because they hold the lead and the defenses shift to a preventive defense, allowing less of a press and more time, which is what Tebow needs to be effective. Over the past few games the defenses have funneled him in the pocket and rushed 4+ or include a blitz, which disrupts his timing and therefore his effectiveness, because they defense is keeping him in the funnel, he is unable to get the big runs he had been getting. Tebow has to be used for a while, he was a first year draft with a guaranteed contract. Denver is making a lot of money with him right now, but eventually wins and losses will drive the decision. With a start of 7-1 no one could have benched the guy.

Oh one more note, they may not have scored a lot at times, but they kept their defense off the field, keeping them rested.

VaJay 6 years, 5 months ago

It never hit me till today - Todd Reesing's company is the provider of a unique & very diverse group of mutual fund investments. My investment manager has based much of my portfolio with them for years - they are low-cost and high performance. It is a heck of a company. Good for you Todd! - but I still wish you were playing football somewhere ;)

Clarence Haynes 6 years, 5 months ago

I was in Vancouver in Sept 2010. Prior to that, I hadn't been there in 20 years when I was working in Toronto for a NY bank and had to travel there once a quarter. What struck me then and now was the livable downtown environment! Grouse Mountain has always been a favorite of mine! Great town with lots to do! To live in Vancouver, Todd is quite the lucky young man!

Dan Pawlowski 6 years, 5 months ago

Nice article on Todd. Love to hear anything about him.

timtation 6 years, 5 months ago

Wait a second Reesing, I would be pissed off if a guy like Tebow was in the NFL and not deserving it. Wait a minute I am pissed off that Tebow is in the NFL. Whittemore by the way was KU's best QB in my era not Reesing. Whittemore was by far more important than Reesing.

Sparko 6 years, 5 months ago

Reesing was a better QB. Reesing could make throws and was a leader at all times. Tebow has the stench of self-promotion to him, And no arm or judgement. Sparky was not healthy that last half year of playing. Tebow has just been miserable. Denver's defense deserves the credit this year--along with its O-line and running game. Tebow has had zero impact. Orton would have won 10 games if the coaching staff had focused on running the ball earlier in the year.

hawk316 6 years, 5 months ago

Sparko, I heartily disagree with you concerning Tebow having "the stench of self-promotion to him." Just the opposite. According to those who know him and play with him, he is viewed as very genuine and is always deflecting praise he receives to God and to teammates. You may not like what he stands for, and you may think he's a terrible quarterback, but a self-promoter he certainly is not.

But we both can agree that Todd Reesing was a terrific qb.

Jace FitzGibbon 6 years, 5 months ago

TEBOW!!! hey boulderhawk or whatever your name is, your crows in the mail

fansincewilt 6 years, 5 months ago

Great Article - especially reading it after the Denver upset of Pittsburgh. I guess I just don't understand why several spend time criticizing the article. Tebow does remind me of Reesing or the other way around. I can tell that the sports writers disregard the ridiculous criticisms and continue to give us great articles about the Jayhawk athletes.

Joseph Kuebel 6 years, 5 months ago

Tebow will be out of the league in 4 yrs. Sunday was the beginning of the end.

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