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Denver Broncos: Tim Tebow Losing His Religion

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays with teammates and players from the New England Patriots after an NFL game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The New England Patriots won, 41-23. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Cedric HopkinsContributor IJanuary 9, 2012

If you take another look at the picture above, you'll find Tim Tebow. He's No. 15. He plays for the Denver Broncos.

Some of his teammates are holding hands with him. You'll also notice that some of the New England Patriots are in that prayer circle holding hands with Broncos.

Wait a sec. You mean Tebow isn't the only religious guy in the NFL?

Nope. Everyone just acts like he is.

If you watched the Green Bay Packers slice up the Chicago Bears in Week 16, then you saw Packers receiver James Jones score two touchdowns. After both of his touchdowns he stopped, took a knee and looked identical to Tebow when he takes a knee. Only Jones knows if he was saying a prayer, but no one is bothering him about it.

That's the way it should be—for everyone, including Tebow.

Take a listen to St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson during a post-game interview. The very last question that he answered (at 3:05) was about how he kept his sanity during a losing season. He responded with a religious answer. His answer didn't make the news.

Tim Tebow is not Steven Jackson. He is not James Jones. And he's not any of the other hundreds of NFL players that perform some type of religious act before, during or after a game.

Tebow is himself—a polarizing NFL quarterback that should not be scrutinized by the fact that he takes a knee on the sideline. Rather, we should examine Tebow's talent and whether or not he possesses the skills to lead the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl. 

So, from here on out, let's just watch football and let these guys pray, point to the sky, cross themselves before a punt return or have prayer circles after games. After all, it's their right to do so. And besides, none of these players—including Tebow—have thrust their religious views on fans. It's the media who does that.

Oh yeah, and Saturday Night Live

So, if the NFL is getting too religious for you, then it's time to stop watching. Lord knows, we shouldn't cut the religious stuff out because of people's delicate sensibilities. But who knows, with all the rules surrounding the players and their actions, Patrick Peterson may get fined next year for crossing himself before catching another punt. 

But before that happens, it's time for fans, commentators and everyone else to leave Tebow's beliefs alone, just like they do for everyone else. 

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