Skip to comments.Tebow!
Posted on 01/13/2012 8:53:19 AM PST by rhema
I have officially called off my boycott of the National Football League. I do not care how many felons or frotteurs play the game. Now there is Tim Tebow to redeem it. He can pass and run. He inspires his teammates. He inspires many returning fans like me. I shall follow him through the playoffs and maybe even next year as the season resumes anew. He is an American original -- and he is controversial. I am for him.
No, I shall not fall for the NFL's gimmicks. You will not see me wearing a jersey of the Denver Broncos, for whom Tebow plays. I shall not even buy a coffee mug. In fact, I think I shall add up how much money I could spend on Tebow paraphernalia and donate it to charity. Tebow inspires his teammates, and now he has inspired me.
I first noticed Tebow when he won a string of games in the last minutes. It was phenomenal, but then I seemed to have brought him bad luck, for he lost the next three games.
Then came the Denver Broncos' surprising upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. The Steelers played a great game behind the two-time Super Bowl winner, Ben Roethlisberger (himself an almost-convicted felon who has now confessed his errors and mended his ways), but Tebow outplayed him. Roethlisberger did lead his team to an overtime Sunday.
That worried me, for I had already sat through hours of play, and one of my complaints with the NFL is that the games are the closest thing we can experience on earth to eternity. Yet the Broncos won the flip of the coin. They elected to receive. And on the first play from scrimmage, Tebow threw a pass to Demaryius Thomas (note the noble Roman name), and Demaryius outran the desperate Steeler secondary for 80 yards and a touchdown. Good show, fellows! The whole play took 11 seconds -- the briefest overtime in NFL history.
Then came the grounds for controversy. After congratulating his Roman receiver, Tebow knelt on one knee and thanked God. His recollections convey the essential Tebow. "When I saw him scoring," recalled the victorious quarterback, "first of all, I just thought, 'Thank you, Lord.' Then, I was running pretty fast, chasing him -- like I can catch up to D.T.! Then I just jumped into the stands. First time I've done that. That was fun. Then, got on a knee and thanked the Lord again and tried to celebrate with my teammates and the fans."
Tebow is very pious, very humble ("like I can catch up to D.T.") and a lot of fun ("that was fun"). How can anyone dislike him? He runs charities in the offseason. He invites sick children to games. He does all manner of good deeds. He is the son of missionaries, and he takes his religion seriously.
This appears to be a problem for some players in the NFL and other concerned Americanos. Some have uttered insults at him over his religion and, in fact, over his general good-guy deportment. Why should this be? One can strut and perform the most lurid dances on the field. One can demonstrate on behalf of various controversial causes. Nary an eye is batted. Yet a show of piety to one's creator is deemed an offense.
By the way, Tebow was not the only person on the field expressing a prayer. I saw a fellow from the Steelers make the Sign of the Cross repeatedly, and after an exceptionally good pass, I dare say Roethlisberger raised his hands to the heavens. So what is so outrageous about a pause for a prayer of thanksgiving?
I predict that Tebow is in for some serious controversy in the weeks and years ahead. Some say he does not deserve his fame, that he is an unorthodox passer and a terrible ball-handler. I do not know what they think they know. He is as strong as a bull, and his running and passing win games.
Yet his real problem is the religious angle. Many Americans do not like it. They prefer their own gestures of false piety. They need our prayers.
I gotta say....I’ve reached the point of overexposure with Tebow.
Tebow has brought me back to football, after over 30 years.
Then turn off the TV set.
Tebow is really not a very good NFL caliber quarterback. He seems to be a great person, has a winning attitude, but the reality is he is not very good. People seem to forget his/Denver’s 3 game losing streak going into the playoffs - including being absolutely destroyed by the crappy Bills.
Denver is an 8-8 team and Tebow is an average QB at best. Perhaps he will get better, but I bet 18 months from now when all the Tebowmania has died down we will see Denver quietly release him because Tebow quite simply isn’t that good.
Odds are New England is going to destroy Denver this weekend. It could get ugly too. Think 44-10 or so ugly. Yes, I will be rooting for Tebow too. Can’t help it. I do like the guy and it’s fun pulling for the underdog, but the reality is Denver/Tebow are likely to get absolutely pummeled.
Since Cleveland still doesn’t have professional football, I’ve decided to be a Broncos fan for as long as Tebow is the QB.
With my luck regarding teams I pull for, this is most likely the kiss of death.
Not me. I love the guy.
You have a TV? I don’t. I wouldn’t know who this guy was were it not for the endless stream of articles and vanities being posted here at FR.
I’ll bet Tebow hasn’t been mentioned anything like Payton Manning has in past seasons.
It’s the religious angle that sticks, though, and makes it seem that we hear it more than we do.
Amen RET. He is the real deal and boy oh boy, do we need him.
From your lips to God's ear, man . . .
I think---I hope---NE will win, but I don't think it's going to be a blowout by any stretch of the imagination. Denver did a lot of things to lose the game when they squared off earlier in the regular season. Granted, NE took advantage of Denver's miscues, but there are just too many question marks on the defensive side of the ball for NE, and I think Denver will be able to put up some points.
I am no expert but it seems to me that Tebow is doing better than most rookie quarterbacks. I too think that the Patriots will win big but I don’t think it will bode poorly for Tebow’s career. His mechanics can only get better and his instincts and leadership qualities seem to serve his team well. I doubt he will be the next Payton Manning but I think he will have a decent career and will proably get more exposure than most by being one of the few actual role models in the league.
I understand your feelings and I have felt somewhat the same. I’m a little Tebowed out. However, if this over-exposure of a good role model can have a positive influence on young kids, then we should be happy for it.
The Broncos will not pass the Patriots.
People either really like him, or really hate him.
I like his message, his faithful attitude to God, and I think his unorthodox style is exactly what God called for (ya know, He seems to find the least likely human to do His work!).
Some Christians perceive Tebow as too “in your face” about being a Christian so they don’t like how he makes them feel about their personal relationship to Christ (kinda reminds me of the Pharisees).
For nonChristians who don’t want to know Jesus, he is an irritant like salt on their wounded souls.
But for those nonChristians who like Tebow, he opens their hearts & eyes to the opportunity for letting God into their lives.
And, for those of us who are already Christians, Tebow makes us want to be as strong in our faith, and to truly “walk the walk, not just talk the talk.”
If he wants to make his team better, nice. If he makes his team winners, better. If he makes other Christians want to imitate his evangelism, best. If he brings someone to know Jesus, priceless.
Tebow was one of the best QB in college football. I started liking him prior to the draft when the attacks against him started. First his faith then his throwing motion, then his team, then, then, then...
He has played less then one season of games - 15 games he is a rookie and has improved over the year and I think next year will continue to improve based on he personally and history of getting better at every level he has tried.
Had Cam Newton done what Tebow done everyone would be at the alter of Cam but cam lost and did not lead his team.
I don’t think the Bronco’s will win this weekend the other team is just too good and the bronco’s will continue the three man rush giving the other team too much time.
It will be a good game and we can looking forward to many years of TT in the NFL. One day I hope my son can play with him.
It's really pretty simple, you get to choose what to click on.
I agree that many people are more comfortable with fake piety. But I also believe that the main reason the media is attacking Tebow is because, at his acceptance speech for the Heisman trophy, he thanked his mom for not having aborted him. And that is sacrilegious for the liberals!
Yes I have a TV. As with a lot of others, I too have been brought back to the TV for football after a 20 year break. I was a HUGE Redskins fan in the John Riggins, Joe Jacoby, Dave Butz, Jow Gibbs era. I was...a hogette.
The questions about whether he has the goods physically to be a starting pro quarterback, because of his loopy throwing motion or lack of experience in the pocket, are only a small part of the fuel that drives him.
His competitive nature is innate, formed at an age when most kids were happy to be bouncing on Hippity-Hops at preschool field days.
"I like working out not only regular times but other times, too, because I feel that edge of, 'I'm working right now and there's not a lot of guys working right now,'" said the second-year QB, making a statement that seems to carry even greater weight given the NFL's work stoppage and a lack of team organized training activities nationwide.
"The quote I've had on my door since I was a little boy is, 'Somewhere he is out there training and I'm not. And when we meet, he will win.' That's something that's always motivated me, because if I go to sleep early, is there someone else training? Is there somebody looking at their playbook? It doesn't have to always be physical either. Am I getting better?"
“...really not a very good...”
A 1st year newbie QB on a team with a losing record wins the starter slot and changes that team’s fortune and gets them to the playoffs and then beats the Steelers in the first round of the post season and yet you say he isn’t very good.
You must really hate Southpaws.
Amen!! Great, perceptive comments.
New England's offense is just too good. You guys can recover from a 21 point deficit if necessary as if it were no effort at all. Yes, your D is a problem, but NE's absurdly high powered offense can make up for it. My prediction for this game is New England winning in a walk with a score of around 44-10. I will be rooting for Denver just because I do like Tebow and it is fun pulling for the underdog, but I am under no illusion of what is likely to happen.
One of the interesting things about the NFL to me is the breadth and narrowness of the press coverage. The NFL generates a huge amount of press, more than any other of the major sports by a large margin. Yet that press coverage tends to focus very narrowly, half a dozen out of the 1700 players and maybe 2 coaches of each of the “major” labels (head, OC, DC) wind up being the focus of 90% of the coverage. And usually 1 player is eating up 20 to 25% of the coverage. For a few years there it was Favre, but now that he’s finally stayed retired that focus had to land on somebody else. They’ve chosen the “controversial” (really almost everybody in the press likes him so there really isn’t much controversy, but it’s a handy story line) Tebow. Yeah it gets boring. But that’s the nature of the beast.
Actually Manning never generated that much press. He’s kind of boring, no starlets, no off the field drama. Lots of sexy stats which keep him as one of the players that get coverage, but no drama to elevate him to top coverage. Tebow is the most covered guy in the sport right now, in that place Favre was for a few years and then Brady before him. Poor guy can’t pass wind without 4 “reporters” writing stories about him. But this too shall pass.
Must just be where I live then, about 90 miles from Indianapolis. He was on the news multiple times per week last season and prior.
Tebow is NOT a 1st year quarterback. This is his second season. Last season Tebow played a backup role in around 6 games and started the last 3. His performance earned him a backup role this year. After Orton/Denver got off to a poor start, Denver gave Tebow another shot and he took the team to 8-8.
“I gotta say....Ive reached the point of overexposure with Tebow.”
Bread and circuses aren’t for everyone.
Yeah the big star of the local team gets a lot of local press. I’m lucky, the nearest team is the Cardinals, they don’t have a big star. I’m generally talking about national coverage, national coverage tends to obsess on one guy, and it’s Tebow’s turn.
HUH! Overexposure is theO and his angry spouse, or the murdress who got off Casey Anthony. Give me a good man, make him a hero and I am IN!
Tim Tebow is not a rookie quarterback. Young quarterback, yes, but not a rookie quarterback. He played in several games last year and started in 3.
Sorry but now I got it: A 2nd year player. Thanks.
I might just enjoy the superbowl game this year, depending.
Our culture shuns Tim Tebrow ??? Finally, a hero we can support and cheer. Now everyone wants to take it away from us. Why? I am just getting involved.
Almost certainly, the interviewer did not expect such high praise for "Tim Tebow, the man," from a British songwriter of such note. Her questioning elicited from him the story of his own song from an earlier decade.
Then, he told her about living in the U. S. for 7 months last year, of his not having been a football fan, but that he became a "Tim Tebow fan."
Perhaps she was surprised when he went on to talk about how he came to revise his own music to honor a man who deeply believes in something in a day when so many have lost belief in anything (paraphrased).
Can anyone capture a recording of this interview and post on FR?
Coming from a British songwriter in an interview on "All Things Considered," this interview is a spectacular rebuttal to the foolishness of remarks by such assorted "small minds" as those interviewed on other networks last night, consisting of former basketball players, sportscasters, and the like.
Hail to the Redskins !
Hail to victory !
Braves on the war path !
Fight for old D.C !
Run or pass and score,
We want a lot more !
Beat em, Swamp em, Touchdown,
Let the points soar !
Fight on... Fight On...
Til you have won,
Sons of Washington !
P.S. I always thought the last line said "loyal sons of Washington"
What do you know about all the natural born citizen / birth certificate keywords on the Tebow threads?
Do you think it is a form of spam?
Do you think fogbow members do stuff like that?
Football reasons are part of the equation, but so is money. Bottom line, the kid sells jerseys. If I remember right, he sold more as a rookie than any rookie before him. And I imagine those numbers are up.
Tebow wasn't #2 on the depth chart, Elway just served him up to be slaughtered. The defense wasn't great, the offense - nothing. But the roar from fans was heard, and Elway hung him out to dry. And if Tim gets released in 18 months because he can't QB an NFL team, a lot of owners out there will want to pick him up, tell him that he can try tight-end or some such, and enjoy the new fans and jersey sales...I think he will be in the league as long as he wants to be - unless he loses the squeaky clean image. If he gets married, he will probably lose (female) fans...
Why did you stop to read this article and post? You’re still in the thick of it, aren’t you?
I was a dj in a nightclub in Fairfax, Va during the Redskins/Hogs era! P.J.Skidoos. Coy Bacon, Jacoby, Riggins, Butz, Moseley and sometimes Art Monk would come into the bar on Saturday night before a home game. They’d drink and dance like there was no tomorrow then play and win the next day. Their favorite “psyche” song was “Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now”.
In the last year of Carter’s horrific presidency we had the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Olympics when the U.S. hockey team beat the USSR. It was a great story of David slewing Goliath and was a huge lift for the nation.
Tebow stands in stark contrast to the moral corruption of the media, academia, and Hollywood — the institutional forces that are underming America;s traditions and are the foundation of Obama’s rise to power.
Tebow represents something that has been nearly lost in the American character. That’s why this New England Patriots fan will be rooting for Tebow Saturday night.
What are you babbling about?
Part of Tebows successes stems from the rules of the game.
Since a defender cannot touch a receiver after 5 yards Tebow
and his particular skill set can be a formidable weapon.
He can roll out, and if the defenders come up to tackle him,
he just rifles a pass 7-10 yards downfield, if the defenders
stay back,he is good for 4-7 yards and then he slides, so they
can’t tackle him. Once he gets his aim better, and his
receivers and him know what each other is going to do...that kind of option
is difficult to stop. Once they get the personnel on their
teams that can do those type of multiple option/multiple
skill set performances Denver will be very good. Take a
look at university of Oregon for a glimpse. His skills may
make him a transformative player for the league.
The Lord can use anybody, anytime, anyway to bring about
His own will. Mr. Tebow can be a great example of that.
Finally, it’s kinda nice to see all the paid, talking sports
heads who said that Tebow couldn’t win show us how much(sarcasm)
they know about the game. Na,Na,nana, na
That @#$ Art Monk is the reason I broke a finger! LOL I was a Spanish-born girl, had never played (or watched) football before going to DC. Some boys were trying to teach me to catch but I was beyond awful. Then, one Sunday I saw Art Monk make one of those awesome catches, and the comentator mentioned that he had caught the ball with his fingertips. Aha! so that’s the trick... Next day, when someone threw me the football I tried to catch it with my fingertips. I don’t remember the name of the hospital near AU, but I ended up there, in the ER, with a broken finger. As if that was not bad enough, a nurse thought it was hilarious and said “here’s another injured football player” and he pulled away the curtain that separated the examining area from the next one. Guess who was there? Mark Moseley! I don’t remember what was wrong with him, I just wanted the floor to swallow me while the nurse kept on telling him that I was an injured football player... Oh, those were the good times!
So now what are ya???? ;)
A proud American citizen who voted for Bush! No kidding, people ask me all the time where am I from. I answer from Manning, or Sumter... wherever I happen to be living at the time. They laugh, but I am deadly serious. When I took the oath of citizenship I cut all ties with the past. I am not a Spanish-American, I am an AMERICAN. Thanks be to God.