Why I believe in Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow has made a football fan out of me. This is no small feat. Chris Schneider AP Denver Broncos … Continued

Tim Tebow has made a football fan out of me. This is no small feat.

Chris Schneider

AP

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) celebrates after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-23 in overtime of an NFL wild card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Denver.

A few weeks ago, when I began asking my husband when the Denver Broncos were playing, he was stunned. I had never watched an entire football game on TV.

I had interviewed Tebow when his book came out and was intrigued by this innocent, sincere kid, the 24-year-old son of a missionary who was a virgin, helped build an orphanage in the Philippines where he vacations, and is a devout Christian. He really was too good to be true.

I also was fascinated by the anti-Tebow coverage generated by his open faith. His prayer pose (aka Tebowing) before and after games was ridiculed and many people were actually, well, praying for him to lose. This whole business of “God is in Tim’s corner,” was just too much. And those who did not ridicule his faith merely pointed out that he couldn’t throw.


View Photo Gallery: The quarterback for the Denver Broncos has become a polarizing figure in football, in part because of his outward displays of Christian faith.

Well, Tebow certainly proved them wrong this Sunday when he won the game against the formidable Pittsburgh Steelers. He threw for two touchdowns and ran one in for himself.

My husband was planning on rooting for the Steelers. No way. I dishing information about Tebow: “You realize he’s playing against quarterback Ben Roethlisberger,” I told him. “He’s a two-time Super Bowl champion and an evangelical as well, who fell away from his faith and is now back. That’s part of the drama of this game. These two guys are praying to their Lord. One of them has to lose. Who will it be and will it be because God favors one or the other?”

My husband looked at me as if I had just arrived from the moon. “How the hell do you know that?” he asked.

“Because, I’m a Broncos fan.”

“You’re a what?”

“Stop talking. I don’t want to miss plays.”

Though Tebow has been known this season for his 11th-hour wins, the Broncos got off to a great start with a second quarter touchdown and field goal, putting them ahead of the Steelers.

Tebow was hot. “What a great fake,” I yelled as Tebow passed unseen to a teammate who managed to carry the ball several yards closer to the end zone.

My husband was becoming impressed.

“He’s not known for his arm but he’s throwing really well,” I announced.

“Really?”

The Broncos were close to the end zone and decided to go for a field goal. The kicker, stepped up to the ball. “Matt Prater,” I screamed. “He’s fabulous! Go Matt!”

“I don’t believe this,” said my husband, totally confounded, as he rose from his chair to get a beer.

My son, also a Tebow fan, was laughing uncontrollably.

Then things got serious when the Steelers made a touchdown and there was the heartbreaking fumble so close to the end zone.

By this time I had gone into full cheerleader mode: “Block that kick,” I was yelling, or “First and 10, do it again.” My husband kept glancing at me strangely. Who was this person he had married?

Then I realized why I couldn’t watch football. I get too emotionally involved. It’s upsetting to root for a team and have them lose. I had a personal investment in Tim Tebow. So when the game went into overtime, I had to leave the room. I couldn’t stand to watch. Then I heard my son yell, “Oh my God, look at that. Get it, get it, get it, Yes!!! I came running back just in time to see the touchdown and watch the replays. I was ecstatic.

Denver beat Pittsburgh and Tebow had 10 completions in 21 passes for 316 yards!

Then he did it. He Tebowed. I had to explain to my husband that Tebowing meant praying. Later in the locker room he would say, “First and foremost, I just want to thank my savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for the platform God has given me.”

The really eerie thing was that he passed for 316 yards. When Tebow was in college he wore the numbers of verses from the Bible on his eye black. One of them was John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

The question is, as I have asked before, will Tebow be able to withstand the kind of pressure he continues to face as football’s miracle boy?

According to those who know him best, he doesn’t crack under pressure; not from living up to his reputation, not from the brutality of the sport, not from criticism, not from failure.

In a recent interview he was quoted as saying, “Hopefully, people see through interviews or how I act that I’m someone that tries to put the Lord first, cares about other people, wants to do good, wants to make a difference in other people’s lives and also cares about playing sports, cares about my teammates. What I really try to get across is being genuine and being real, and hopefully, that’s what people take away.”

That’s why I’m a Tebow fan. Not because of his faith, but because of the kind of person he is.

And that’s why, next weekend, you will find me, to my husband’s surprise, in front of the television watching Tim Tebow take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for the second time. This time, hopefully, he’ll win.

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Sally Quinn Sally Quinn is the founding editor of OnFaith.
  • anabelle23

    What I like most about Tim Tebow: Click.

  • TrueLies2

    LOL

    o this is a riot!

    yes- god took time from saving starving and oppressed people to focus on the Broncos and Tebow.

    Hows that touchdown feel Timmy, now that you know that god could have been focused on something that really mattered, but he heard your prayers and came running to you.

    So what if people are starving, abused, abandoned, and god could have been there for them- Your o so important football game is so much more important.

  • Auslander1

    I agree that the 316 stats are a fun coincidence. But I don’t believe in magic or numerology as, I would assume, is the case for virtually anyone living in the 21st century.

    No, the 316 stats are not God “sending us a message,” everything does not happen “for a reason,” and all living creatures are not simply pieces of entertainment on God’s cosmic chessboard.

  • blackwell575

    I have to admit I have become a Tebow fan. Not because of his pious profession about his religion. To be honest I am a free thinker and a non-religious person and quite frankly I find that to be a turn-off, especially when taken onto the playing field. However I certainly don’t disrespect him for it. More power to him if that gives him comfort and answers to a normally curious human mind. I have become a Tebow fan because no one has ever thought he could do what he has done in his athletic career. And who couldn’t root for a young man who everyone thinks can’t do it. That is exactly the type guy I root for. I watched the Denver game and I will admit by the end of the game I found myself rooting for Tebow and the Broncos. Not because I necessarily like the Broncos, but because Tebow shows so much determination and can do grit even when no one else thinks he stands a chance. Can the Broncos win the super-bowl? Probably not, but it’s fun rooting for a guy like Tebow anyway.

  • wombat_uno

    Get a life, Sally.

  • pmwolf

    Here we go again. Sally Quin, you are just another Christian writer looking for an external justification for your “faith”. It’s a good thing you could look up the teams on espn.com before the game. Everyone knows who Roethlisberger is. And no one cheers, “Block that kick!” Did you throw in a couple Sis-boom-bahs?
    The poor performance by the Steelers defense had more to do with the Broncos win than Tebow’s game. If Tebow weren’t so obnoxiously, overtly religious, he would be just another subpar quarterback. But the NFL marketing team knows how to play to the vanity of those who call themselves Christian. Now go to NFL.com and buy your number 15 jersey like the good little sheep you are.

  • jeb_jackson

    Sorry, pmwolf, Sally’s not a Christian. Pay attention!

  • TrueLies2

    Jeb, say it aint so!

    you mean she’s a heathen?

    you mean she’s gonna go to hell with the rest of the non-christians?

    o woe is me! woe is me!!!

  • ThomasBaum

    We will all stand before God and then we will all know that God is worthy of being thanked since God’s Plan is for all, ultimately, to be in God’s Kingdom.

    God is a searcher of hearts and minds, not of religious affiliations or lack thereof even tho this comes into the equation, so to speak, since this is part and parcel of the whole human being.

  • nkri401

    Ms. Quinn,

    “Why I believe in Tim Tebow” – what is it that you believe about Mr. Tebow?

    Are you implying that you believe he is a messiah?

    Do you think angels are carrying the ball to the receiver’s hand?

    I believe there are who lives the “… care about other people…” creed better than Mr. Tebow does. Does Mr. Tebow count more because he is a good football player? Would you believe in Mr. Tebow less if he had lost but said the same thing?

    Please, anyone chime in if you understand what this article is trying say.

  • nkri401

    ScottinVA,

    You are kidding, rihgt?

  • jeb_jackson

    OK, Truelie, those are your words, not mine.

  • oljw00

    LOL – you are making this more complicated than it needs to be. She is simply saying that Tim is a good person, he walks the walk that he professes (i.e. living a good and positive life), and has caused her to take an interest in the game/sport as a result.

    Why is that so hard for you to understand?

  • oljw00

    You strike me as a rather intolerant and angry person…

    I feel sorry for you.

  • oljw00

    Seems to me she has one. What about you?

  • oljw00

    I forgive you for being someone obviously challenged with issues of anger and intolerance of others.

  • pmwolf

    Unfortunately, theses days it’s the Christians who are angry and intolerant. Look at those who represent you. Rick Santorum? Give me a break. You don’t deserve special deference just because you’re superstitious. But you’ll buy Tebow merchandise because being associated with his image makes you think you’re better than you really are. I feel sorry for you.

  • nkri401

    oljwoo,

    If you are forgiving nkri401, I thank you for myself; if you are forgiving anyone or all in this thread, I thank you for them.

    And I also forgive you for your sins.

    Peace.

  • nkri401

    oljwoo,

    Above reads as if I’m accusing you of any sins…

    No, I meant in the sense of “we are all sinners…”

    Peace.

  • oljw00

    The funny part is that you are missing one vital piece of information. I am NOT a Christian. I am merely tolerant of those who are – unlike yourself.

  • nkri401

    oljwoo,

    “Why is that so hard for you to understand?” – if I were bit thin skinned, this would sound a bit condescending but I’m not thin skinned and am glad to be taken to task to explain why.

    Why, indeed.

    I have a good deal of respect for Ms. Quinn’s writing but this one and about “second coming” seesm uncharacteristically read like a gushing pablum by a high school girl with the crush on a football team captain.

    So I’m wondering if I missed something about the football culture.
    I love watching superbowl but that’s about all I know about football.

    Thanks for asking,

    Peace

  • TrueLies2

    Scottie… looks like you are having an anxiety attack! hahahaa

    what a hoot! Tommy, you’re right there with him!

    god’s plan? does that include, as Rev Hagee says- that god sent Hitler to hunt the jews? That Hitler was god’s servant?

    hahahhaaaa so Hitler was one of the good guys, doing god’s will… god’s plan…

    nice god you got there Charlie.

    Omnipotent yet the 2nd commandment states he is a jealous god? HA! talk about insecurity… and how can an omnipotent being demand praise lest he punishes 3-4 generations?

    talk about vindictive. what a pathetic shallow ego this god has.

    and who wants to spend eternity with a sociopathic entity? Who wants to be on that side while you know that ~5.5 BILLION people will not be saved?

    hahahahaaaa you keep your unrequieted love affair going on all you want.

  • TrueLies2

    Jeb,
    they are indeed my words- but I am not the author. Hundreds of evangelicals denounce other religions, including other so-called christians, for failing to hear their god’s message.

    and to face eternal damnation outside the pearly gates.

  • TrueLies2

    Yet the only one who calls people names is the self-proclaimed saved one.

    Nice that you totally dodge the facts I laid out- alas, that is typical of the delusioned who find unrequieted love so enchanting.

    btw- thats not ‘my’ creator… i want nothing to do with such a sadistic creature.

    jesus paid for me? what another bunch of horse pile. And another sick example of this sicko creator of yours- you really want the blood of jesus spilled so that you can survive eternally?

    what a narcissistic attitude! I dont want jesus or anyone dying on my behalf! I will enjoy my life on earth and my eternity will be the thousands of wonderful things I have done or tried to do while alive.

    carpe diem Scottie… carpe diem

  • jeb_jackson

    You know about the pearlly gates, TrueLies2? Did you start at the back of the book and stop?

  • TrueLies2

    when I started at the front and read the 2nd commandment- where this god is supposed to be omnipotent yet jealous…

    ya, I realized the whole thing was going to be a doozy!

  • TrueLies2

    and Jeb- when the Book of Job showed that god and Satan were chumming up and laying odd on how long Job would last…

    wow…

  • jeb_jackson

    Then you’re ready to go toe to toe with Him. You might last a right smart, TrueLies2!

  • pvilso24

    Funny thing though… IF one was God and wanted to send a message to His people (the unbelievers and believers) .. who better to deliver it ? than a devout young Christian man who talks and walks his faith everyday ?

    What better way to reach 45 million people ?

    And the number one google search result ? is one of the most powerful messages in the Bible: John 3:16

  • ThomasBaum

    ScottinVA

    There is a difference between “punishment” (being responsible for how we use our free will, whether we voluntarily or involuntarily accept this responsibility) and a total vindictivness whereas one is subjected to a horror that is beyond our conception for ever and ever and ever and ever and … .

    God’s got a Plan and has had a Plan since before creation and God’s Plan will come to Fruition, God becoming One of us for ALL of us is just part of God’s Plan.

    The reason that is given that only God could “pay the penalty” is that God took All of the sins of ALL of humanity upon Himself on the cross, do you believe this?

    If you do believe this, do you think Jesus did this in vain if all that He did was achieve a tie?

    If you do not believe this, why do you think that Jesus went to the cross?

  • edbyronadams

    Tim Tebow is appealing because he takes actions based on his faith. Ben Rothelisberger may be an evangelical too, but he is also one who does not live up to the dictates of his faith from his off field press coverage. Mr. Tebow actually does, which is refreshing. Many people just love to see people set on high fail. That has much to do with the Tebow animosity.

    As far as football goes, Tom Brady is a much more polished professional quarterback. Whether Tim Tebow can impose his college style on the pro game is an open question. I like the Patriots’ chances in this game.

  • ducksgirl

    You find it ridiculous that God would take time “from saving starving people to focus on the Broncos and Tim Tebow.” What you don’t understand is that God is infinite and all-powerful. God can do more than one thing at a time. He can do millions of things at the same time, because he is not limited by time or space as we humans are. So God can be helping a starving person, putting hope into the heart of a broken person, and send a message through Tim Tebow (the 316 yards in an unexpected win)…all at the same time. Many evangelicals have a favorite song — “Our God Is An Awesome God” — because they understand what I was just saying. Elvis Presley understood it when he sang “How Great Thou Art” and won his first grammy for that performance. The reason people loved Elvis is that he was close to God, and he showed God’s love in his kindness and generosity. Tim Tebow does the same. God bless Tim Tebow. And God bless you for asking that question. I used to ask the same thing, before I came to understand how great God really is. He loves us so much. John 3:16

  • ThomasBaum

    ScottinVA wrote:

    “What punishment is adequate for one who treads the blood of Jesus beneath his feet in contempt of Almighty God?”

    If your God is so petty and so incapable of “cleaning” up one of His creatures than you can have Him and you can also have one of the “best seats” in the house, so to speak, the seats that some of the Apostles were vying for.

    I would rather have the “worst seat” in the house with everyone there rather than the “best seat” in the house if even one is not there.

    You have never experienced hell and I would not wish that on anyone but if God’s Plan does not take all contingencies into consideration than God either is not Omniscient or God is just not worth diddly to have created anyone to be in an agony beyond our comprehension for ever and ever and ever …., and I for one would want nothing to do with such a horrible being.

    Our free will may end with our death but God’s Mercy does not.

    I, for one, do not claim to know what absolutely every verse in the bible means but the God that I have met is not the piece of garbage that you conceive of God to be.

    God Is a Being of Pure Love and God Is a Trinity and yes, the Catholic Eucharist is Jesus so this is “proof” enough for me that Jesus is God-Incarnate.

    As I have said many times, God’s Victory is TOTAL, a tie is absolutely and utterly unacceptable.

    ALL will be in the Kingdom even tho some will make a detour and I thank God that God won the “keys” to the detours.

  • brerol

    A professor at Utah State University is now studying people who suffer from what he calls a compulsive obsession with morality and religion. They had these people when I was a kid. They were called parents.” Jay Leno

  • brerol

    Nickolas Kristof, Sally Jenkins, Sally Quinn and many others of the press have written about there admiration for Teabow. They have done so in a thoughtful manor. Compare this to Bill Press who screams for Teabow to shut the f up. Or Bill Maher who in a disgraceful form of humor jokes Jesus really effed Teabow today.

  • brerol

    Sally has a life. One that includes a religious faith. So why do have a problem with this?

  • mauriceinTexas

    Tim Tebow reminds me of Jesus and the Pharisees, plus the Be-attitudes.

  • ThomasBaum

    In reply to your post of 1-11 3:40 PM

    ScottinVA wrote:

    “”It is given unto man once to die, and then comes the Judgment.” ”

    And it is God that is our Judge, God’s Mercy and God’s Justice are so intertwined as to be ONE just as God Is One, “My Ways are not your ways and My Thoughts are not your thoughts”, sound familiar?

    And then, “”And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” ”

    Doesn’t say whether or not all are in the Book of Life, does it?

    Have you seen the Book of Life?

    And then, ““Then He (Jesus) will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:”"

    Who knows, maybe since all of us have done and not done good and bad to the least, we all might be on both the left and right and all of the crud, so to speak, will be burnt off of all of us in God’s ultimate Cleaning Apparatus (the lake of fire) or maybe we will all be on the right, God is our Judge, not me or you or anyone else, thank God.

    And then, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

    Ever met Dad?

    I am speaking of the First Person of the Trinity of Whom Jesus asked us to speak of and think of as Abba, Dad.

    Dad is a Being of Love.

    Ever met the Holy Spirit, when the Holy Spirit came into my body, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that the Catholic Eucharist is Jesus, just as Jesus spoke of it so plainly in the bible.

    I have met God and I try to view the bible thru the lens of meeting God.

    Jesus plainly told us that God is infinitely “better” than the best earthly father, there is no way that I can believe that God could be the cruel, heartless, vindictive, revengeful piece of garbage that you conceive of God to be, in light of actually meeting God.

    God is God, the bible is not God and just as the bible says, “We look thru a glass darkly”, just how good is our vision?

    I thank God that God is our Judge and that God’s Ways are not our ways and God’s Thoughts are not our thoughts.

    By the way, J

  • nkri401

    ThomasBaum,

    From what I heard, Jesus did not die, in vain or otherwise. It was more like being in a coma for three days.

    Peace.

  • tony55398

    Why do so many sports addicts dislike it when God is brought into the equation? I noticed maybe more so with journelists.

  • Counterww

    Tough, .. I want to see it and you can turn the page and your irrational anti religious bigotry can take a hike ….

  • ThomasBaum

    The mere mention of God sure does seem to terrify some people.

  • duckylovea

    omg i love tim tebow he is so hot!!!!!

  • duckylovea

    so true

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