Everybody’s talking about him and personally I have enjoyed watching a few people eating crow but this video says it all.

I enjoyed this article from New York Times columnist Frank Bruni:

CAN God take credit for the victories of a thick-set N.F.L. quarterback who scrambles in a weirdly jittery fashion, throws one of the ugliest balls in the game, completes fewer than half of his passes and has somehow won six of his team’s last seven games?

That’s a question that actually hovers over the miraculous success of the Denver Broncos quarterback  Tim Tebow, and at this blessed juncture it’s a silly one, because the answer is unequivocal: Yes. Tebow is powered by conviction and operating on faith, and so are the teammates he’s leading. And you needn’t be an evangelical Christian (as he is), a seriously religious person or even a football fan to be transfixed and enlightened by his example. I speak as a football fan only when I say the following, which I never expected to: The mile-high messiah has a gospel for us all.

You’re most likely familiar with his story, but just in case: the Broncos were 1-4 when the coaches benched the first-string quarterback and started Tebow, and there was a sense that they did so because they’d lost hope for the season and figured that they might as well silence his pesky, persistent advocates by letting him try and watching him fail. Although he had been a superstar at the University of Florida, his physique and style of play weren’t supposed to translate to the pros. That, at least, was the conventional wisdom. And as a lifelong Broncos loyalist with a knot in my stomach, I shared it…

…Which brings us back to religion. With Tebow there’s no getting away from it. He uses the microphones thrust in front of him to mention his personal savior, Jesus Christ, and has said that heaven is reserved for devout Christians. He genuflects so publicly and frequently that to drop to one knee in the precise way he does has been given its own word, along with its own Web site, where you can see photographs of people Tebowing inside St. Peter’s, in front of the Taj Mahal, on sand, on ice and even underwater.That zeal doesn’t go over so well with many football enthusiasts, me included. Tebow performs a sort of self-righteous bait-and-switch — you come for scrimmages and he subjects you to scriptures — and the displeasure with that is also writ colorfully on the Web, in Tebow-ridiculing Twitter feeds and Facebook pages, one devoted entirely to snapshots through time of Tebow in tears. An emotional man, he has traveled a weepy path to this point.But the intensity of the derision strikes me as unwarranted, in that it outdoes anything directed at, say, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, accused repeatedly of sexual assault, or other players actually convicted of burglary, gun possession and other crimes. In a league full of blithe felons, Tebow and his oppressive piety don’t seem like such horrendous affronts at all.

Read the entire article.

 

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About Chuck Mullis

I am the husband of Valerie and the father of Russell & Hannah. I am a self-employed contractor living in rural North Carolina as well as an ordained Southern Baptist Minister serving Living Water Baptist Church.

3 responses »

  1. Slamdunk says:

    Good post Chuck.

    I watch Bayless regularly and he is enjoying making all the “experts” look bad on evaluating Tebow.

    Thanks for the Bruni article–I had not read that one.

    NFL Network just televised the Bears-Broncos replay where they had Tebow mic’d. It shows him getting flattened multiple times by Bears defenders, and he is overheard telling the tacklers “good play” and “nice hit.”

    I have enjoyed watching interviewers try to trap him with questions, and always handles them with respect. He has been an excellent example of a wise man.

  2. foultalk says:

    I think I’ve determined the REAL reason Tebow keeps winning. Surprisingly, it has nothing to do with luck, skill, tiger blood or divine intervention. Check out my thoughts here: http://foultalk.wordpress.com/

  3. […] when he loses all he does is […]

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