Tim Tebow Jesus Jerseys: Brilliant or Blasphemous?

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2011

The hottest gift this Christmas season in the greater Denver region is a Broncos No. 15 jersey that doesn’t have the name “Tebow” stitched across the back.

How would you like to get a Broncos jersey that says “Jesus” on the back? Thousands of these jersey's are being sold and it's becoming the hottest gift in town.

More and more fans are getting customized jerseys with Tebow’s biggest influence on the back, and it’s got some strong supporters and some strong opponents…just like the player.

You have the side of the coin that believes you shouldn’t be mixing religion and sports. Traci Yown, a Denver resident, feels this specific jersey shouldn’t be worn:

Sports is one thing, and Jesus is another thing. I like to have their names, their last names on the jerseys. I’m a Christian, but I mean I wouldn’t want people going around having Jesus on the back of their jerseys.

Are people making fun of him? Are they honoring him? This is similar to last month's “Tebowing” craze, where people would mimic Tebow’s patent move of dropping down to one knee and praying after scoring a touchdown.

I tend to rest on the mocking side of this. No athlete in sports today openly displays their strong faith like Tebow, and people around this country hate it. They hate that he forces religion down our throats, and will make fun of him anyway possible.

There is a large portion of this country that is so anti-religion and so anti-Christianity, that they will take the opportunity to make fun of the 24-year-old in any way they possibly can. On the other hand, why can’t a religious person show their support for two people at the same time? Rev. Marcus Buckley believes they certainly should be able to:

To me it just shows a cultural bias against Christ and Christianity. It’s not saying that he is Christ, it’s saying he’s trying to demonstrate and live that out and as Christians that’s what were supposed to do. You can pretty much believe whatever you want to in today’s society. But as soon as you begin taking a stand for Christ, then that’s not acceptable anymore.

Many believe Tebow should be commended for being different than everyone else. He has his beliefs and couldn't care less what other people think of him. Regardless of what side of the fence you are on, give him a lot of credit for that.

Nobody makes people more happy and angry at the same time than Tim Tebow.

His play on the football field makes so-called experts cringe. He is a quarterback that struggles to throw the ball. Yet he is 3-1 as a starter for the Denver Broncos this season, and is infusing hope into a franchise that has been hopeless for the last three seasons.

Half of football fans love him, and half of them can’t stand him.

Yet as long as Tebow keeps winning games, there will only be new ways to either mock or tribute the biggest lighting rod in sports to come around in a long time.

Wear the No. 15 Jesus jersey if you like, we know you are wearing it for only one of two reasons.

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