Tim Tebow’s NFL performance has been both perplexing and intriguing to almost anyone who watches him, but it’s very hard to argue against someone who finds a way to win. His personal stats paint one picture, but his record tells an entirely different story. So what is it exactly that keeps Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow winning games?
The Broncos are 5-5 overall, including 4-1 with Tebow as their starting quarterback, and just one game behind the Oakland Raiders in the American Football Conference West. In Tebow’s time at the reigns he has already pieced together two come-from-behind victories in heart pounding display. Tebow and the Denver Broncos’ offense made the Indianapolis Colts look good for the first 56 minutes in their brawl against the New York Jets, but Tim Tebow gave his all for the final drive of the game and hustled into the end zone for the game winning score as time wound down.
What were the first words out of the winning quarterback’s mouth in the post game interview?
“Well first and foremost I’ve got to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and thank my teammates…”
Tim Tebow is not shy about proclaiming his faith in Jesus Christ. In fact the Denver Broncos quarterback is so open about his faith that it’s beginning to annoy a few people – like former Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer, who told a Phoenix radio station earlier this week that he’s had enough of Tebow’s incessant “Jesus” talk.
“I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ then I think I’ll like him a little better. I don’t hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every single time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff…like you know, I understand dude where you’re coming from….but he is a baller.”
I’ve always wondered, what is it exactly about the name of Jesus that is so offensive? What makes it so radical, so damaging and so dangerous that it must be eradicated from the public view?
Tim Tebow responded,
“If you’re married, and you have a wife, and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife, I love her, the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and have the opportunity? And that’s how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ,” Tebow said. “It is the most important thing in my life, so every opportunity I have to tell him I love him, or I’m given an opportunity to shout him out on national TV, I’m going to take that opportunity.
I look at it as a relationship I have with him, I want to give him the honor and glory every time I get the opportunity,” Tebow said. “And then after I give him the honor and glory I always try to give my teammates the honor and glory, and that’s how it works. Because Christ comes first in my life, and then my family, and then my teammates. I respect Jake’s opinion, and I really appreciate his compliment of calling me a winner, but I feel like every time I get the opportunity to give the Lord some praise he is due for it because what he did for me, and what he did on the cross for all of us. I really appreciate his opinion and I respect him, but I still will give all the honor and glory to the Lord because He deserves it.”
Did Tim Tebow just use a parable to respond to Jake Plummer? He did. It’s not rocket science. When you love someone, you tell them. You shout it from the rooftop and tell everyone you know. In an eloquent response he summed up quite well what a life affected by Christ looks like. It is a life that unashamedly proclaims ones love and thankfulness to the one who gave His life and died on the cross.
I applaud Tim Tebow for his unwavering, unapologetic faith, and I hope more people in places of influence will proclaim what Christ has done in their life. The world is desperate for leaders with a solid foundation and I hope this is just the begging of a generation of young Americans who will boldly proclaim to the world that hard work, a hunger to win, and faith in Jesus Christ is key to a successful life here on earth.
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