Lefties….Quarterbacks….And a few President’s….

Lefties…….President Barack H. Obama, William J. Clinton, John McCain, and More….

Quarterbacks……Michael Vick…..and the New Flavor of the month in NYC…..Yes….Tim Tebow…

Stephan Savoia/Associated Press, left; Alex Brandon/Associated Press

Bill Clinton, in October 1992, and the Eagles’ Michael Vick share one thing in their form: they are left-handed.

Quarterback, however, has been a position resistant to the charms of lefties. There have only been around 30, and New York has seen only one of note, Boomer Esiason, the Jets’ starter from 1993 to 1995. Mark Brunell and Jared Lorenzen were notable quarterbacks for various reasons. Brunell’s boom years were not as the Jets’ backup, but in Jacksonville, where he once led the league in passing. Lorenzen was semifamous for threatening the 300-pound mark as a Giant and little else. Giants Coach Allie Sherman was also a lefty, but his quarterbacking days were spent in Philadelphia.

Now comes Tim Tebow, the Jets’ new backup (for now). He is seen by many groups as the athletic face of their cause, including evangelical Christians, home-schooling proponents and University of Florida fans. But he could also be a champion for lefties. After all, their success stories help counteract what also is common among left-handers: they have been found to be more likely to die young, have mental illnesses like schizophrenia and contract illnesses like Crohn’s disease. Some researchers have concluded that birth trauma could be the cause of some left-handedness.

Still, none of that explains why so few left-handers have become professional quarterbacks.

“I have no idea,” said Lorenzen, who was a Giants backup from 2004 to 2007. “I know you don’t see a lot of them, but I never heard anything coming up. People didn’t want me to play quarterback, but that’s because I was so big, not because of the lefty thing.”

But Tebow, it seems, is part of a wave at his position…..


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