Its not even possible to do a comparison... Tebowmania was in your face 24/7, 365... The constant media attention, his super bowl ads with his mom that were political and religious in nature... It was just a lot... there are tons and tons of players that are very religious, that thank God for their talents and their blessings... and no one cares about any of that because its totally fine and in moderation.. Tebowmania was NOT in moderation... can anyone argue otherwise? He basically used the NFL as a platform to preach about Christianity, which he openly and publicly admitted.. That's just too much for your average football fan, who want to watch football and forget about the outside world.. Also, isn't it possible that people could be offended by seeing that all the time as someone who follows/practices a different religion? I'm not a very religious person if you couldn't tell, so I have no horse in this race per say... I think the problem with Tebow was pretty obvious... He was a great young man that was very talented and was trying his hardest to make an NFL roster... but the attention that he gathered from the media, which in some ways were no fault of his own at all, was just too much for a casual NFL fan base... not everyone is a Christian.. so it becomes a bit too much when he was in the media circuit CONSTANTLY for things that had nothing to do with his talents and skill as a Football player, and everything to do with the religion that he chose to practice. I think he's an amazing person and I really do admire him on so many levels.. but the NFL is the National FOOTBALL League, and people just want to zonk out, drink a beer or two and watch some football.. they don't want to have political and/or religious topics being crammed down their throats on a regular basis.. and he dominated a large percentage of the NFL coverage.