The NFL intake mechanism for its raw materials, the draft, requires very young men to make what seem like very important decisions. Its feeder league, big college football, suffers or benefits accordingly.
In trying to find a comparison point for Cam Newton (Vince Young? Tim Tebow?), Bruce Feldman, via "QB builder" George Whitfield, comes up with an interesting one: Ben Roethlisberger. Don't believe it? Proof's in the pudding.
There are college football players who are all-time talents and there are those who connect with their fan bases for other unquantifiable reasons. Tim Tebow, however, can be placed in both categories, and he proved it again Saturday.