Skip to comments.Miracle at Mile High
Posted on 11/19/2011 2:39:46 AM PST by Kaslin
I think we witnessed a miracle last night.
I'm not talking about Tim Tebow's incredible 95-yard game-winning drive. I'm talking about the fact that Tebow got at least two NFL Network football analysts and stellar former players—Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin—discussing God on a post-game football show. Overall, the analysts were flabbergasted by what they saw in Tebow's performance. They couldn't explain it.
But they could sense something was different. I've watched football religiously growing up. I've never seen a cluster of NFL analysts, most of them former players and coaches, so star-struck as when Tebow came on set last night after the game. After he left the set, Rich Eisen was at a loss for words.
To stats and football experts, Tebow's 4-1 record seems so complicated. But it's really very simple.
People enter life with different gifts. Some get Heidi Klum knockout looks. Some get Steve Jobs' innovative genius.
Passion and faith are gifts. So are work ethic and the ability to inspire people. And Tebow has a superhuman capacity for all four.
You will never completely understand Tebow, how he wins, and how he plays the game, by looking at statistics in the NFL. It's a passing league, and Tebow isn't a passer. It's a league where a quarterback should be able to scramble, but not run (ask Michael Vick). It's a league where a guy who only completes two passes in a game shouldn't win that game. I know the game; I know it's foolish to think a player like the one described above will succeed. Initially, it defied common sense.
But now, several analysts are the ones defying common sense. Stop wasting energy trying to explain Tebow in only the way described above. Stop being so unoriginal. Human beings, in addition to physical ability, have a mental and spiritual component. Way too often, that third component is underdeveloped. But that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. When experts do talk about it in the NFL, they often call it 'character.' Kurt Warner, in fact, told Townhall Magazine earlier this year that character isn't weighed heavily enough in the NFL.
Tebow, of course, takes that a step further. People get worked up because Tebow prays and attributes his success to a higher power. Tebow is simply living his life. He goes about his business. He's the kind of guy, he said yesterday, who gets more excited about a hospital he's building over in the Philippines than glory on the football field.
When people ask him why he wins, he'll say faith and that his teammates believe in each other. Yet somehow Americans – the country that made sending a man to the moon possible, the country where athletes have so many superstitions that it's downright hilarious– are too cynical to believe that is possible. So quick to praise an unproven dream team quarterbacked by Michael Vick, so surprised when a hardworking guy who's never let anyone down on a big stage keeps doing what he's done his whole career.
Marshall Faulk—a truly great running back—said last night that he can't analyze Tebow's faith, only what happens on the football field. He had a good point, but he's missing something: Tebow's game intertwines them. If you want to analyze his game, you need to understand his motivation and how powerful that faith can be. It doesn't mean you have to adhere to his faith; but it's silly to pretend that it's not a factor in his game.
"You are the Professor Tebow that's giving us all a lesson," Michael Irvin told Tebow last night. "We put so much on skill, not enough on will. When I am watching you, you are willing this team to victory."
Tebow is moving the mountains analysts put in his way. He is growing legends of mustard seeds. To fans and analysts in this situation, I say engage in a bit of well-placed wonder. We'd all be better off for it. Unless, of course, you're a Jets player or coach. Then I'd say learn a lesson.
Before the game, The New York Post ran a picture of Tebow looking to the heavens with an admittedly clever headline saying, "God help him."
Well, He did.
Sports fans should know that winning is all that matters - not HOW you win. This is nothing new; sports “experts” been bad-mouthing Tim Tebow since he started at Florida. And that was AFTER he won the Heisman, as a sophomore.
Tebow is an embarassment to the ultra-liberal media; they don’t believe there is a God. But we will be better off seeing Tebow continue to win and confound the “experts”.
The very attitude that's killing sports, and was the opposite of what every kid learned growing up...years ago.
Playing with the constant intent to win is good... and it’s a biblical metaphor for persevering in walking with God. “Winning at any cost” isn’t so good because the cost will be your own conscience.
Very well put. (And I’m an atheist.)
Whatever team Tebow ends up being a coach to after his playing career concludes... that is going to be one enviable team.
Call it corn, but I don’t have faith enough to be an atheist.
Actuall, Vince Lombardi gets credit for the quote:”Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” That was over 50 years ago; so I don’t know what generation you speak of. WWI or WWII kids, maybe?
Since you don't even know who actually "gets credit" for that--it's "Red" Sanders, Lombardi merely popularized it after he heard it from him--thanks for making my point.
And it would be a sad oversimplification. Do you want to start faking drug tests, schmoozing on the sly with high school bigwigs, and the like in order to piece together that mighty team?
Tebow has shown the high road and it works. He inspires the rest of the team to do its best.
You get to the point of the matter--he INSPIRES the others to DO THEIR BEST.
I couldn't give a damn for any of the awards and trophies kids win in their sports. I work with teenagers, and the ones who were dedicated in their specific sports, who worked hard--you can SEE it emanating from them.
They talk about doing their very best, not "winning is all." And guess what? They're the ones whose teams have the best records. It's no coincidence.
People want to be INSPIRED but it's often hard to discuss or even admit, so they go along with the "Yeah, win!" attitude. But every one of them who says that wants to feel good about the quality and sportsmanship of 'their team,' and that's how they want to win.
This is so obvious I feel silly even talking about it, but look at the state of pro sports, and the growing boorishness of fans and players. No wonder my friends who are most into sports take their kids to farm league games to get them hooked.
And it’s a biblical ethic. Winning is something that comes from within — serious Christians believe that God puts it there in you, and that God then puts the onus on you to present it to Him and the watching creation. Superficial people, Christian or not, think only of externals, or rather of the externals that can be seen by men. God isn’t impressed by glitz, but by guts.
My FRiend, you are firing on all cylinders this morning on this topic. Great, great points (even though etc. etc.). I wish more of the kids I work with had parents, relatives, friends and mentors with this ethic, but it’s amazing how many people DO have it. I’ve shocked by kids who at first sight might be dismissed as punks or thugs who are very articulate about this topic. Of course there are many who talk about money and trash talk, but it is encouraging to hear how sincere so many are about HOW you play the game.
And I’m not at all ashamed to present the gospel this way to an “atheist” (and some atheists are much closer than they think to agreeing with God). The Bible uses the Roman races (agon) of old as one metaphor for living in faith the way God wants a person to live. Run as though to win, “beat” your “body” (persevere through difficulty and never give up the struggle when human weakness might tempt you to), do it with “fear and trembling” (not running scared with the idea that God is threatening to toss you into hell, but knowing that God means business and He is going to brook no nonsense) because it is “God that works in you.” Jesus Christ is God’s explanation of “how” and it is an amazing explanation. God suffered what no man could, and gave power that no man had. In an amazing transaction, God takes the guilt of sin, and you get the blessing. All you have to do is ask God for it and accept it. It just beats man’s philosophy all hollow.
I seem to be the designated heathen at FR, but while I am not a believer, I am very interested in discussions of it, and thank you for sharing your thoughts. It’s very interesting reading.
Dallasites watch Irvin and Sanders and realize that many people need to build a life after football, much as any businessman needs a life outside of work.
Many sports figures now have charities, and we can debate how effective these charities are in truly making a difference.
Occasionally a famous athlete will show charity emanating from who they are.
Ask Kelly Faughnan her opinion of Tebow.
The Tim Tebow treatment by the general media and their allies points to their HYPOCRISY.The same media that gets so upset at Joe Paterno because he has a reputation as a good guy makes fun of Tim Tebow because he is so PRO-LIFE and speaks about living a good Christian life.
This is the same media that pushes pornography immorality and homosexuality any chance it gets.
It was great to see Tim put things into perspective.He likes football but his missioary work and hospital for the poor in the Philippines is more important.
Congratulations to Deion Sanders,Michael Irvin,Steve Mariucci and Rich Eisen for their beliefs and their courage.
It’s like here, we got the polar opposite of the Sandusky scandal.
God doesn’t quit, and neither do we pesky Christians. In the end, it was I who came begging to God on my own knees. When God has you in the crosshairs, you will know it.
Compared to the heathen residing in our house in DC you are a saint.
Tebow knows right from wrong.
McQueary does not. Paterno should but does not. The ex-president of the university, having taught sociology for years, pretends that there is no good or evil.
Perhaps Tebow would be the same person if he had a different upbringing, or if he didn't become a Christian.
No, I can say that Tebow is who he is because of his personal faith in Jesus Christ and his voluntary choice to be a Christian every day.
The only scandal in the Tebow world is the secular media coverage of his life looking for any imperfection.
While imperfections that the media should find sit lonely, since most modern media no longer recognized good or evil.
The secular humanistic “-ologists” would be good for a chuckle, if their trail wasn’t so tragic. How many scientists study the anthropology of the very scientific pursuit itself? How many can put their own selves in perspective?
Somebody confessing honestly that he is not a believer is often a lot nearer to agreement with God than someone who isn’t a believer pretending he is one. That Saddleback “testimony” of Obama was such a farce, and a forced farce at that. It would have been better for him to say yes, he has Islamic spiritual sympathies and let it go at that.
Elitists have crippled themselves and our Nation in acheivement and well being by debasing the inspriational truth, thought and actions of man connected to the Holy Spirit.
This intangible Grace is what blessed our Nation as exceptional before the current crop of one materialistic elitists came along. There is real power for success and love (or goodness) through the gifts of a man who is in touch with the Holy Spirit through his soul. This is what Alexis de Tocqueville witnessed in this country.
We are fortunate to be blessed with you as our “resident heathen.” :)
Red Sanders was perhaps the most underhanded coach to ever lead a football team in the Pacific Coast Conference. His cheating at UCLA was notorious, but he was a winner. Thus, despite the penalties UCLA was given he managed to hold on to his job. After all, then and now, at UCLA winning is everything (and it will be looking for a new coach at year’s end).
Thanks for posting this! It’s all I could think about on Thursday night!
ESPN “analysts” are anxiously awaiting the day the Broncos lose 2 or 3 in a row. They can’t wait to rag on Tebow.
Well, screw them!
Go Broncos! Tebow!
Michael Irvin told Tebow last night. “We put so much on skill, not enough on will. When I am watching you, you are willing this team to victory.”
Probably not a coincidence that Tebow plays for John Elway. Elway had great QB skills but it was his will that earned him Championships, and his ability to transfer that “will to win” in his teammates.
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I am a die hard Broncos fan and Thurs night I was in shock. The last drive I kept telling my wife that this kid is going to be a great qb and something is happening. If its not gods hands that guide him it is pure will and determination to win. He has his team believing in him. I loved seeing John Elway Stand up and applaud him when he made the final touch down. I truly Believe in the Tee! God Bless him and I believe he is.. It reminds me of the Movie “Oh god Book 2” when God ask the little girl to spread the word of Gods existance and every one clowned her and tried to put her in a mental institution. I believe Tim is that girl, and like in the movie he is making people talk about god and Jesus and maybe just maybe he makes them have a little more faith.
Maybe this is the reason Tim is religious:
“Born on August 14th of 1987 in the Philippines, Tim was officially named Timothy Richard Tebow after Pam and Bob gave birth to their 5th child while on a Christian missionary. Timmy is considered a miracle baby by many after surviving through a pathological amoeba infection that Pam suffered while pregnant with him. Nearly every doctor recommended abortion, but Pam and Bob chose life”
So it’s even older than Lombardi. Again, what generation of kids were brought up differently - WWI or WWII? Seems to me that the mythoogical non-importance of winning never existed outside of non-athletic types and liberals.
I'd start every year by gathering the team and challenging them to get better daily, to give their full effort all the time, to learn how to stretch themselves to be their best. I told them if they did that in practice, and did that in the games, they would always be winners, even if the score didn't show that at the end of the game.
It's a funny thing, the teams that followed those precepts were the ones that always ended doing very well in the win column.
Tebow embodies the right attitude, he was amazing in the press conference. He may never be a great NFL quarterback, but he is already a great man.
Nice dodge for not having the facts aside,and your weak repetition of a line that wasn't funy the first time, what, exactly, would be wrong with the generation of kids brought up in the WWI or WWI eras?
Also, you seem to have missed the very obvious context in which Lombardi made that comment, which is in response to ethos which have always been with us. Go look it up, if that's not too hard.
What you're pushing is a thuggish, un-American attitude which is the essence of the illegal alien issue in this country--it doesn't matter that they play the game the way the rules say, it's all about WINNING, right?
I admit your attitude prevails in those parents who call names at opposing teams at Little League games, but it's funny, folks like you never seem to be the ones to bring up actual championships. (X-Box doesn't count.) Whenever I've seen or met parents of winning athletes, they talk about hard work and ethics, not just winning at all costs.
I feel sorry for kids brought up like you, but fortunately, you make up the vocal minority, your weak 'liberal' smear typical of truly weak people who hide their essential weakness behind sports jerseys.
Please see post #35 for how a real winner thinks about winning.
Yes, it is refreshing to know that there are other verses in the Bible besides John 3:16. When Tebow was at Florida, he changed the debate. As I would listen to those SEC football talk shows on Sunday afternoon, callers would call in to discuss what scripture Tebow happened to have had sketched in his eye-black sticker in the previous game. Those scriptures reached tens of thousands over that radio, all because Tebow was willing to allow God to use him for the Kingdom. God bless him.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
I Corinthians 1:18
“While imperfections that the media should find sit lonely, since most modern media no longer recognized good or evil.”
Very well said.
It has fascinated and amused me how both non-Christians and even some Christians will work hard to be successful and push their children to be the very best they can be, but then bristle at the idea that God wants them to be successful. Where do you think the desire to win came from?
Your heavenly Father is more eager for your success than you are! And I guarantee that Godly success does more to spread the Kingdom than any failure ever could. I don’t know that much about Tebow. But because of him a lot of people are talking about my Savior. And that is wonderful.
God that works in you. Jesus Christ is Gods explanation of how and it is an amazing explanation. God suffered what no man could, and gave power that no man had. In an amazing transaction, God takes the guilt of sin, and you get the blessing. All you have to do is ask God for it and accept it. It just beats mans philosophy all hollow.”
Thank you. That is probably the best, clearest explanation I have ever read.
If you can't appreciate the pure beauty of the violin after hearing this, something's wrong with your ears.
Or you can get raw with these strings. Either way, the violin is sweet yet lethal.
Oh so true!
In this case, I think that the “HOW” you win does not refer to sportsmanship and integrity. That is certainly important, and this nation has lost a great deal of that. The “HOW” for Tebow is that he has done it with horrible quarterback stats and poor passing. So it doesn’t matter HOW Tebow wins. He can have 45 bad minutes and still finds a way to pull it off and defy the odds.
That’s often the way Heaven works. It seems all is lost in our human bumbling, then with a mighty flash the beam of light comes pouring in from seemingly nowhere and the situation turns upside down. It would be easier to explain if Tebow were a consistently great athlete. He’s only a low average athlete with a special Power watching over him. He’s an example of Heaven showing how it helps “losers” to win.
Another exciting game. Tebow now has 8 TD’s for the season against one interception. He isn’t putting up huge numbers, but he isn’t making mistakes either.