He was known as an outspoken Christian while he was playing football at the University of Florida. Some wondered whether or not that would change after the Denver Broncos drafted him. It didn’t.
Declaring that he would never forego an opportunity to “praise my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” Tim Tebow is keeping faith with that promise. It seems that his first response to the first question reporters ask is exactly what he said it would be. In addition to the criticism he receives over that, he’s had plenty of scrutiny about his football skills.
With an unorthodox passing motion and an inclination for running with the ball instead of throwing it away, he became the starting quarterback six or seven games back. His coach and the team’s general manager continue making critical public comments about his weaknesses. Sports writers and commentators continue broadcasting their skepticism. Tim continues admitting his needs for improvement and working hard. According to some of his teammates, working harder than anyone else on the team. One of them said, “He gets there before any of the rest of us. He works hard before practice. He works hard during practice. Then, he works hard after practice.”
That effort and his determination during games have paid off, for Tim, the team and even for some of those who seem to not like him very much. Since he became the starting quarterback in October, the Broncos have won six of their last seven games.
Whether or not that success continues, we will see. Whether or not Tim Tebow lives up to the faith he claims, we will see. Maybe he’ll just be another high profile embarrassment. I know there are many people who are eager to see him fall. If he’d just shut up about Jesus, most of them would be happy to leave him alone.
As would Satan.