Since he entered the NFL, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has become one of the most polarizing figures in all of sports. Perhaps its only fitting, then, to see Tebow’s name making an appearance in connection with the even more polarizing world of American politics.
As reported by NBC Sports, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released yesterday surveyed potential voters on which of the NFL’s 12 playoff QBs would get their vote for U.S. president. Tebow, whose Broncos went from 4-12 a year ago to AFC West champs, won a decisive plurality, finishing eight percentage points ahead of the Giants’ Eli Manning.
The two longest-established superstars in the candidate pool, New England’s Tom Brady and New Orleans’ Drew Brees, were the only others to receive more than 10 percent of the vote, with fourth-place finisher Brees garnering just 15 percent.
Much of Tebow’s celebrity has revolved around his very public professions of his religious faith, including the much-mocked practice of “Tebowing” (kneeling as though in prayer at the slightest provocation). As such, it’s no surprise that the poll found his strongest support base lies with a Republican party that’s increasingly associated with religious conservatism.
Brady and Manning are very popular football players, but Tebow is as much a symbol for a particular brand of Christianity as he is an athlete. That being the case, it makes perfect sense that he’d come out on top in a poll like this one.
Voters would just have to hope, should this utterly frivolous enterprise ever translate in a real political career for the Denver signal-caller, that Tebow proves to be more effective as a leader than he is as a passer.