Tim Tebow has divided the nation with his unorthodox style of play on the field, and he has also managed to divide them off the field as well.
Millions of football fans think it’s noble to continually mention Tebow’s “Lord and Savior” with every press conference with the media. Millions more find it incredibly annoying and use it as fuel to dislike the 24-year-old.
The “Tebowing” craze meant one thing to Tebow and a completely different thing to the thrones of people that were mocking him when mimicking the move. Well, another QB with strong faith has offered up guidance for Tebow. Super Bowl winner Kurt Warner gave some terrific advice for Tebow via the Arizona Republic:
I'd tell him (Tebow), 'Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you're living. Let your teammates do the talking for you. Let them cheer on your testimony.
I know what he's going through and I know what he wants to accomplish, but I don't want anybody to become calloused toward Tim because they don't understand him, or are not fully aware of who he is. And you're starting to see that a little bit.
Well said, Kurt.
There are way too many cynics in this world to truly understand where Tebow is coming from, and when he talks about his faith, the backlash can be very harsh. People tend to take this personally, which leads to a lot of hatred towards a guy that has never harmed a fly.
Personally, I have no issues with him mentioning his religion at any given opportunity, but Warner is right, people are getting angry about it and his message is getting lost:
There's almost a faith cliché, where (athletes) come out and say, 'I want to thank my Lord and Savior. As soon as you say that, the guard goes up, the walls go up, and I came to realize you have to be more strategic.
The greatest impact you can have on people is never what you say, but how you live. When you speak and represent the person of Jesus Christ in all actions of your life, people are drawn to that. You set the standard with your actions. The words can come after.
Tebow can write all the books and perform all the charity work he wants—just keep that talk out of the Broncos locker room. Football fans don’t care about it, and you aren’t going to convert them anytime soon.
Stick to the fourth-quarter comebacks.