George Hale’s Perspective on Tim Tebow

Updated 2 years ago

LET’S BEGIN THIS WAY.ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON, IN DENVER, I HOPE TIM TEBOW SPENDS MOST OF THE AFTERNOON ON HIS BACKSIDE.NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING HE STANDS FOR OR SAYS BUT FOR THE FACT THAT HE IS THE DENVER BRONCOS QUARTERBACK AND HE IS PLAYING MY TEAM THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.THAT SAID, LET’S GET TO ALL THIS “TEBOWING” THAT IS GOING AROUND.FRANKLY I JUST DON’T GET IT.TEBOW IS WIDELY MOCKED FOR WEARING HIS RELIGION ON HIS SLEEVE AND FOR PRAYING ON ONE KNEE BEFORE OR DURING GAMES.FOOTBALL ITSELF IS A RELIGION TO SOME.BUT THANKS TO TEBOW THE COMBINATION OF FAITH AND FOOTBALL HAVE BECOME A TOPIC ON TALK SHOWS, NEWSPAPERS AND TELEVISION INTERVIEWS.TEBOW’S OUTWARD DISPLAY OF HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH IS COUPLED WITH AN UNORTHODOX PRO PLAYING STYLE.THIS COMBINATION HAS, STRANGELY, MADE HIM A POLARIZING PLAYER IN A GAME WATCHED BY MILLIONS EACH SUNDAY.ON THIS SUNDAY, AT 4:15, THE TEBOW-LED DENVER SQUAD WILL TANGLE WITH THE PATRIOTS ON THEIR HOME FIELD…A STADIUM NEW ENGLAND HAS NEVER PLAYED WELL IN.I DON’T REALLY BELIEVE THAT SOME DIVINE POWER IS GOING TO DECIDE THE GAME.FOOTBALL OUTCOMES ARE DECIDED BY BLOCKING AND TACKING AND SOME BIG PLAYS.BUT I AM AMAZED THAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE PUT THIS YOUNG QUARTERBACK ON THEIR “HATE” LIST BECAUSE HE PROFESSES HIS RELIGION OPENLY.ITS NOT LIKE WE ARE STRANGERS TO RELIGION AND SPORTS BEING INTERWOVEN.THE FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME.ATHLETES IN ACTION IS ANOTHER WELL-KNOWN AND POPULAR ORGANIZATION THAT COMBINES RELIGION AND SPORTS.MOST PEOPLE WOULD AGREE THAT GOD HAS MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO THAN PICK WINNERS AND LOSERS IN N-F-L GAMES OR WATCH THE SCOREBOARD.MY POINT IS THAT THIS HOOPLA OVER “TEBOWING” IGNORES THAT FACT THAT IT IS NOT NOVEL AT ALL.EVERY NASCAR RACE BEGINS WITH A PUBLIC PRAYER BEFORE THE CALL OF “GENTLEMAN START YOUR ENGINES.”IN THE END THE GAME SUNDAY WILL COME DOWN TO WHETHER OR NOT EACH TEAM, IN A COMPLICATED STRATEGY, EXECUTES CORRECTLY.TO SINGLE TEBOW OUT FOR HIS “VISIBLE” RELIGIOUS BELIEFS SEEMS SHALLOW TO ME.HOW MANY TIMES HAVE RED SOX FANS STOOD AND CHEERED AT BIG PAPI CROSSES HOME PLATE AND RAISES HIS ARM TOWARD HEAVEN?DO WE CRITICIZE PROFESSIONAL BOXERS WHEN THEY DROP TO ONE KNEE BEFORE A FIGHT AND MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS?TEBOW OWES HIS SUCCESS ON THE FIELD TO A VARIETY OF REASONS.THE BRONCOS HAVE WON SIX STRAIGHT AFTER A POOR START DUE IN LARGE PART TO HIS ON-FIELD LEADERSHIP.BUT THIS IS NOTHING NEW FOR TEBOW.WHEN HE WAS A PLAYER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA HE DREW A TON OF ATTENTION EVERYTIME HE PLAYED. ALL I KNOW IS THAT HE IS HAVING A HECK OF A YEAR.I SINCERELY DOUBT THAT HE WILL BE ARRESTED THIS SEASON FOR KILLING DOGS OR SHOOTING HIMSELF IN THE LEG IN A NIGHTCLUB.I WON’T BE CHEERING FOR TEBOW ON SUNDAY BUT NOT BECAUSE HE DROPS TO ONE KNEE BEFORE OR AFTER THE GAME.I SIMPLY WANT THE PATRIOTS TO WIN.THIS IS GEORGE HALE WITH MY PERSPECTIVE ON SPORTS


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