This post has been a long time coming. It’s been milling about in my head for days/weeks/months. Technically, I’ve had a very strong opinion on Tim Tebow since we drafted him back when Josh McDaniels was blowing up coaching the Denver Broncos. Ugh…. McNugget is a whole other issue. This is about Tebow.
Tim Tebow AP Photo: Jack Dempsey
But… it isn’t.
Sit tight with me, folks. I need to give you some background.
- I have been, am, and always will be a Denver Broncos fan, despite the fact that some have accused me of being a bigger Indianapolis Colts fan.
- Beyond that, I am a football fan, through and through. The world stops in my household on Football Sunday. And Monday. And sometimes Thursday. And Saturday, during the playoffs. Yep…. I’m that
guy girl. So this little rant of mine that’s coming is well founded. This isn’t something I am regurgitating from talk radio or my husband. I can think for myself. And I know what I’m talking about.
- I am a believer. I don’t know how far into saying “I’m a Christian” I will go, but if you had to categorize me, yes. I’m a Christian.
Now that you’ve got some background on me, let’s get started.
Yep… the Denver Broncos are winning games. And yes, Tebow is leading them. And yes, he’s a Christian. And yes, he brings some energy that is exciting and inspiring.
I am so tired of hearing, from my fellow fans, “Tebow’s taking us to the Super Bowl.” Are you kidding me? We win a few games and all of a sudden we’re a championship team? Give me a break. I don’t know how it is in other cities, but I’ve been told that Denver fans are some of the worst in this sense. We win a few games and suddenly we’re a Championship-caliber team.
Wrong. We’re not. And let me tell you why.
- Tebow is still a rookie quarterback. He’s green, still. He’s not accurate. He still makes stupid choices. He’s still learning, for Pete’s sake!
- We can’t go to the Super Bowl with a quarterback who can’t pass consistently and accurately. And we certainly can’t go with receivers who couldn’t catch a ball in a 3 foot net surrounding them. Seriously! How many balls are thrown and hit them in the chest or the hands and they drop it. Geez! It’s embarrassing.
- The defense is playing inspired football. It’s the only thing we have going for us. But does anyone remember the ’06 Bears with Rex Grossman? He had the worst QB rating, ever, in a Super Bowl. And was mediocre before that. The defense got them to the Super Bowl. But defenses don’t win Super Bowls. And if I measure us against the Green Bay Packers (a well-rounded, solid team), there’s no contest.
But it isn’t just that. A very good friend of mine (who is also a fan just of another team), had a discussion with me last year when we drafted Tebow. I was pretty fired up about it, then (go figure, huh?) because we drafted a quarterback when we really needed help with defense. But whatever… bygones. He asked me. “Is it the fact that he’s a Christian?” Yeah… it was part of it. I wasn’t sold on Tebow. And the whole Christian thing was a turn off. I was over it. Just play football, you schmuck. But then I saw some interviews. And I saw how he carried himself in the media. You know what I found? He is a Christian, but it’s *us* who are making that into what he’s about. The media is sensationalizing it. I didn’t really care. I just wanted to see the guy play football.
Then… Tebowing. Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a quart back more polarizing than he is. People are all types of pissed about the Tebowing thing. Let me be clear: I don’t give a rip about Tebowing. People are like, “It’s not Tebowing, it’s praying.” Sure. It is. Who cares, though? For some of these people, I am truly shocked! I mean, really? True Christians who are passing a blanket judgment on others, and for what? For the glory of knowing that they are somehow better because they “pray” and don’t “Tebow.” Whatever. I know enough about Christianity to know this much:
It is not my place to know what’s in the hearts of men. It is *my* responsibility to have a relationship with Christ, and He will take care of the rest.
Then… and this was the kicker for me today…. I hear, on the news, that some Pastor in Castle Rock, Colorado is preaching that God is helping Tebow win games. “It’s not luck,” Wayne Hanson said. “Luck isn’t winning six games in a row. It’s favor. God’s favor.”
What. The. HECK? I can’t claim to know God’s plan, or know His thoughts on Pro-Football. But I’m gonna take a guess that winning/losing in the NFL doesn’t really rank compared with famine, disease and tragedy that the people on this earth face on a daily basis. So that’s just asinine, to assume that it’s God’s favor. You know, people on the opposing teams (and fans) pray, too. Just sayin’.
I made a joke, recently, that seeing Tebow “Tebowing” probably ripped a hole in the time/space continuum. Let me be clear: I don’t mind that he prays. I don’t mind that he’s a Christian. I don’t mind that people are mimicking him, all over the world (notice I said mimic, not mock). I think that God does amazing things with people who get on their knees for Him for *any* reason. That’s His business, not mine. For once, we have a guy who’s a pro-athelete getting on the news for something other than rape/drug abuse/domestic assault/etc. and actually inspiring adults and children to be better people, to reach for their goals, and to have faith in something bigger than themselves. That is absolutely amazing.
Here’s what I can see, as a fan and as a woman of strong spiritualism: Tebow doesn’t pray that God will help him win the game. He’s said this, out loud. When Tim Tebow is praying, he prays that God will give him patience/guidance/strength/focus…whatever. The reason he is able to come back after a fumble or interception or 3-and-out series and play like it’s his first drive is because he has the divine gift of focus. That’s all. His faith keeps him strong and focused and determined. And that’s not because “God likes Tebow” any more than God likes any of us.
I have long said that Tim Tebow has talent and a drive to succeed that I’ve not seen in a while. He is, essentially, the Rocky of Football. “What he lacks in skill, he makes up for with will.” Give the guy time and space, to grow into the NFL. I believe in his abilities. He’s not, nor should he, be ready to “take us all the way.” He’s just a man. And he’s still learning.
He makes it fun to watch the Broncos play, again. We haven’t had that in a while. I like Tebow. I do. But I’m not going to run out and buy all the Tebow gear I can find, because his future in Denver is uncertain. But please, people… lay off the whole “God/Tebow/Christian” thing. He’s just a man.
And that’s all I have to say about that.