Do you remember Tim Tebow? He won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 while still a sophomore and managed to win two national championships while at Florida.
He came to the NFL to the Denver Broncos as a backup during his first season in 2010 getting three starts at the end of the season. After Denver’s 1-4 start the following year Tebow led the Broncos to a series of improbable wins leading to the division title & playoff appearance since 2005 and their first playoff win before falling to the Mighty New England Patriots to end their season.
Despite this success when future hall of famer Peyton Manning became available the Broncos jumped at the change to sign him and traded Tim Tebow to the New York Jets, where the Jets kept him firmly out of the starting lineup as they limed to a 6-10 record, the following year the Patriots signed him in pre-season. He would be cut after the final pre-season game, ironically a game where he would throw 2 touchdowns in a Patriots come from behind 4th quarter win. A 52 yard touchdown pass was his last play as a New England Patriot.
Though this entire Time Tebow remained a target for the media over his open and unfettered Christianity.
Many people attacked it, protested it , sneered at it, went absolutely nuts over it
Tebow’s sanctimonious God-talk has led even pious peers like Kurt Warner to suggest that he cool it. Joseph could have used the same coaching.
If Tebow wins the Super Bowl, against all odds, it will buoy his faithful, and emboldened faithful can do insane things, like burning mosques, bashing gays and indiscriminately banishing immigrants. While America has become more inclusive since Jerry Falwell’s first political forays, a Tebow triumph could set those efforts back considerably.
(that was from a Rabbi no less)
and one, the cheating website Ashley Madison even put up a 1 million dollar bounty to corrupt it.
I guarantee that no man of Tim Tebow’s stature could survive a season in New York without succumbing to the temptations of the city,” CEO Neal Biderman sneers in a press release.
But his sneers, and the laughs of the others proved in vain, Tebow remained faithful to Christ even as the press mocked him and the NFL rejected him.
“I think number one is, what my mom and dad preached to me when I was a little kid: Just because you may have athletic ability and you may be able to play a sport doesn’t make you any more special than anybody else,” Tebow said. “Doesn’t mean God loves you more than anybody else.
“We play a sport. It’s a game. At the end of the day, that’s all it is, is a game. It doesn’t make you any better or any worse than anybody else. So by winning a game, you’re no better. By losing a game, you’re no worse. I think by keeping that mentality, it really keeps things in perspective for me to treat everybody the same.”
Tebow has remained true to himself and God and while has not been signed by an NFL team, he’s keeping himself in shape:
The former Heisman Trophy winner hasn’t given up on playing in the NFL and wanted to get a couple of workouts in at the D1 Training facility in Cool Springs.
The only problem was that Tebow didn’t have anyone to catch his passes.
So the staff at D1 placed a call to Bill Back, who coaches the Venom, a Professional Indoor Football League team.
Back rounded up four of his receivers and they ran routes for Tebow on Wednesday in what turned out to be a pretty intense workout.
As one put it
“I can’t believe he’s not signed somewhere,” Back said. “I don’t know what the deal is. His passes were right on the money. His arm strength is so good it darn near broke my fingers. And he’s still built like a sculpture and in great condition.”
Alas there’s still that pesky belief in God that gets in the way. If only he had been more like say Michael Sam:
imagine if Tebow had gotten up at the combine and proclaimed that he wanted to be known as a football player, not a Christian football player.
Then he started selling John 3:16 wristbands and eye patches on his website. Then he signed up for a reality show on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Tebow did none of this, he simply won games, sold plenty of merchandise and gave God all the glory. Who would want a guy like that on their team or in their locker room?
Two thoughts to close:
First one can certainly point to Tebow’s personal stats as unimpressive and that’s a fair critique but consider: Last year while Tim Tebow found no takers the man he replaced in Denver, Kyle Orton signed with Dallas as a backup. When Tony Romo went down Orton started the final game of the season with the playoffs on the line. Orton went 30 of 46 passes with 358 yards & two touchdowns…
Finally Tebow has not played in the NFL for a year,yet he was still worthy of a jab at the White House correspondence dinner. Could you imagine for one second if anyone had made a joke at Michael Sam expense at that venue? You could not because the bottom line is among the media and cultural elites in Obama’s America there is, as Jennifer Leclaire put it more tolerance for homosexuality than Jesus Christ.
Update: Tebow played his college ball at Florida not Florida State corrected.