Tim Tebow: Why Denver Broncos QB Shouldn't Keep Faith and Football Separate

Jack LondonCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2011

GAINESVILLE, FL - APRIL 9:  Quarterback Tim Tebow watches the Florida Gators Orange and Blue spring football game April 9, 2011 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Let's get this out there before I go any further: I'm not a huge Tim Tebow fan. 

I'm just not. 

I don't bleed orange and blue (I really don't like Florida football actually), and I don't fawn over the chance to interview him or get his autograph. 

What do I think about Tim Tebow? I highly, highly respect him. 

He and I however, share something in common: we are both Christians. And being an athlete that is put in the limelight a lot and still remaining a strong Christian is tough to do. I have no idea how he does it.

Not only that but he does it graciously, without getting frustrated.

And he's a heck of a football player.

So my point is that Tebow should not keep his faith and his football career separate. Why? 

Well, first off, we all believe in something. Even atheists do. Whether it's a little man named Buddha, or the God of the Bible, or even yourself, we all are driven by beliefs in something. It's what makes us who we are. 

Tebow happens to be an outspoken Christian. Has that affected his play? Absolutely not. Tebow went down as one of the best college players of all time. When it comes to football, Tebow knows what he's supposed to do and gets serious. 

Just because he's a Christian doesn't mean he takes days off or doesn't work as hard for himself or his teammates. He just plays for a bigger cause. That's commendable in my opinion. More commendable than playing for millions of dollars.

But maybe the biggest reason though that Tebow should stick to his beliefs is that football takes faith.

Stop and think about it for a second. Maybe not "religious" faith, but it takes faith in your players around you.

Faith in your coaches.

Faith that you won't get injured. 

Faith that your quarterback will hand the ball to the running back correctly, or that offensive tackle will block well enough to allow your QB to throw. 

Faith and trust are everywhere in this beautiful game. It's needed. 

And in the game of life, Tebow trusts the ultimate coach. He places his faith in a higher power: Jesus Christ. So for him to keep his faith and football separate?

That would take a leap of faith.