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.”



Joseph Kuebel 2 years, 3 months ago

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


bootlegger 2 years, 3 months ago

Tim Tebow did the unbelievable again.

The Denver Broncos quarterback threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime to lead his team to a stunning 29-23 wild-card upset of the favored Pittsburgh Steelers. Tebow finished the day with 316 yards passing, two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown.

YES; TEBOW CAN PASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


fansincewilt 2 years, 3 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.


STLJayhawk10 2 years, 3 months ago

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


bootlegger 2 years, 3 months ago

DENVER 29 PITTSBURG 23..............AND YES TEBOW CAN PASS!!!!!!!!!


Sparko 2 years, 3 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.


timtation 2 years, 3 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.


Dan Pawlowski 2 years, 3 months ago

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


Clarence Haynes 2 years, 3 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!


VaJay 2 years, 3 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 ;)


jhawkrulz 2 years, 3 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.


Doug Merrill 2 years, 3 months ago

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


Jackalope7 2 years, 3 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.


Steve Gantz 2 years, 3 months ago

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


Keith Hummel 2 years, 3 months ago

I think Matt's got a man-crush on Tebow. Sorry Matt, count me as one of the folks that isn't on the Tebow Train. Just not impressed. What Reesing won't say that needs to be said is that he was 10 times the passing QB that Tebow is. I don't see that changing. As for all these 4th quarter comebacks, I think Tebow's lousy passing lulls some DB's into a state of complacency by the 4th quarter, and he gets open receivers that even I could hit. But that won't happen for much longer. I'm afraid Tebow is going to have a very rough day today. The only thing I really enjoyed about this article was hearing about Reesing - one of my all-time favorites - and how much he misses the game.


STLJayhawk10 2 years, 3 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


blackhawkjayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

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


CardHawkFan 2 years, 3 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!


BleedCnB 2 years, 3 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!!!!!!!


Ludwig Supraphonic 2 years, 3 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.


danmoore 2 years, 3 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.


escaped_labrat 2 years, 3 months ago

My favorite KU player in any sport all-time


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