The NFL has given the world quite a cast of characters.
There’s the quarterback who wore panty hose during games.
There’s the guy who lived in his car.
There’s a bunch of guys who were suspiciously present during murders, guys who ran over people with cars and guys who were running elaborate money laundering schemes.
And there’s the guy who prays on the field, goes on missions trips and throws kind of funny.
Guess who gets talked about the most.
There has never been a more polarizing figure in the NFL than Tim Tebow. There are plenty of fans who hate his open display of faith and there are others who draw inspiration from that same display. Both factions have their extremists that should probably put duct tape on their mouths until the end of the season.
Last night, Tebow had his best game. He threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another one. The last touchdown he threw also happened to be the last play of the game and gave the Broncos their first playoff win since 2005. But still, he only completed 10 passes and that final pass, the one that came in overtime, was just a simple slant route. Demaryius Thomas did all of the work. “Cool it with the Tebow hype already!”, says the established sports media.
But what the established sports media fails to mention during their critiques of Tebow is this. There are a lot of fans in Atlanta, San Diego and, ahem, even Dallas that really wish their quarterback could complete a pass like that in the playoffs. Those fans would love it if their team’s quarterback only completed 10 passes if it meant over 300 yards of offense and a playoff win. Yes, Demaryius Thomas did most of the work, just like Jerry Rice did most of the work. But sadly, for fans in Atlanta and Dallas, the quarterback can’t just walk down the field and hand the ball to his receiver. In Atlanta’s case, I’m sure such an arrangement would still prove too difficult a task.
Others critique Tebow, not so much on his throwing motion or stats but on the way he chooses to make a public display of his faith. They find Tebowing contrived and bothersome. They wish that kind of religious display would be kept under wraps. However, they don’t seem to have much of a problem with a quarterback pretending he’s Super Man ripping off his shirt or a defensive lineman who makes a routine tackle and proceeds to dance like he just won the showcase showdown on The Price is Right. Please, have your pets spayed or neutered.
Some Christians who like Tebow can be just as absurd. They act as if he’s a martyr just because Dan Dierdorf says he’d make a better full back than a quarterback or because Colin Cowherd says that for the last few weeks Tebow, “has been the worst quarterback since they invented the facemask.” Some act as though the future of the church rests on the shoulders of one Mr. Tim Tebow. If only he could win the Super Bowl, then we’d finally get this country back on track. And worst of all, they buy stick on eye black with built in Bible verses so they can look like their favorite quarterback.
Tim Tebow isn’t a martyr and the future of the church isn’t determined by his quarterback rating. Also, if you wear eye black with a Bible verse on it and you don’t happen to be playing in a football game at the moment, you’re silly. Don’t get mad at me. Take it up with Jesus, he’s the one who said it. Well, in so many words (Matthew 23:5).
Christians, can we just agree that it’s fun to watch our brother in Christ do well in the NFL?
Members of the established sports media, can you just finally admit that you were wrong about Tim Tebow?
Atlanta Falcons front office, can you please work out a trade for him? And also one for about three or four new defensive backs? And a new offensive line?