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Favorite NFL team

January 9, 2012 - Blaine Hyska
Tim Tebow: The name stirs emotions.

His is an unusual case.

For non-NFL fans, he’s the quarterback of the Denver Broncos. And he’s openly religious. He kneels and prays after a big play, and praises Jesus during post-game interviews. He was featured in an anti-abortion commercial during the 2010 Super Bowl.

By quarterback standards, Tebow’s individual performance isn’t always good, but he’s found a way to lead his team to victory — sometimes in dramatic fashion.

Take Sunday’s night’s playoff performance, for example. Denver jumped to an early lead, only to see the Pittsburgh Steelers tie the game, and force overtime. The first play after the overtime kickoff, Tebow threw to receiver Demaryius Thomas (who was born on Christmas Day) for an 80-yard touchdown. Game over.

"When I saw him scoring, first of all, I just thought, 'Thank you, Lord,'" Tebow said afterward. You can just imagine Denver fans. “It’s a miracle,” “Believe,” “An act of God,” they say. They compare Tebow to Saint Michael the Archangel, who leads God's armies against Satan's forces.

The religious right has adopted Tebow as one of their own. They’re Broncos fans because of Tebow’s open display of faith. On the other hand, there are some fans who find Tebow’s actions a bit much. Play football and skip the Sunday school lesson, they say.

Is it too much?

Actually, Tebow’s actions are no different than an Oscar/Grammy winner thanking the almighty for the golden trophy. Is that right?

Unless you’re agnostic or an atheist, you have to admire anyone who acknowledges his or her God-given talents.

Still, I doubt that God has a favorite NFL team.



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