If the Bible included current events, Tim Tebow would be one of God’s greatest miracles.
For six straight weeks, Tebow nearly broke Twitter. The Denver Broncos continue to shock the football universe with their weekly fourth quarter comebacks. Analysts on ESPN and NFL Network can break down film on the Broncos’ unorthodox passer all day long, but they won’t find the answer they’re looking for because the blueprint is being executed through faith, not by sight.
At 8-5, Denver is 7-1 since Tebow took over as the starter. God has to be the only logical reasoning behind the winning streak, right? After all, everyone knows how pitiful a quarterback the former Florida Gator is.
Tebow couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn or even hit the water if he fell out of a boat, let alone win a game with his arm, right Boomer Esiason? In the Broncos’ victory over the Chicago Bears, the 'running back under center' threw for over 200 yards for the second straight week.
The waste of a first-round pick simply lacks the skill-set to become a respectable NFL starter, right Merril Hoge? Tebow has recorded 14 total touchdowns compared to just five turnovers this season.
To say it blatantly, he’s the worst quarterback in the entire NFL…bar none, right Mark Kiszla? What a joke. If it weren’t for Aaron Rogers leading the Green Bay Packers to perfection, the former Heisman Trophy winner would deserve a legitimate consideration for MVP.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” reads Philippians 4:13, a verse Tebow would write on his eye-black if Roger Goodell wouldn’t fine him $15K for doing so. ESPN’s Mike Sando relayed on Twitter Howie Long’s announcement that he’s “never seen anyone as mentally tough as Tim Tebow.” Dare I say such a statement is predictable with Tebow playing with Philippians 4:13 engraved into his mind?
Sando also tweeted that Jimmy Johnson declared that Tebow is “the best he has ever seen at bringing out the best from his teammates.” Is it just coincidence that the untalented QB that gets on one knee regularly ignites his teammates to victory with the greatest of ease?
Critics will continue to direct attention away from Tebow. Instead of pointing out his 236 yards through the air and 49 on the ground vs. Chicago, they’ll highlight Marion Barber’s fumble and Matt Prater’s game-tying and winning field goals...like someone other than Tebow set Prater up in field-goal range.
But let those critics dissect Tebow’s game. As they expose weaknesses, he’ll continue to win football games, with some help, of course.
Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn and even Adam Weber were ahead of Tebow on the Broncos’ depth chart at one time during training camp. When John Fox finally handed the Mile High Messiah the reins, Denver dealt away their best wide receiver in Brandon Lloyd. In a 1-4 hole, John Elway didn’t have winning the AFC West in mind, but prepping to rebuild.
I wonder what kind of odds Las Vegas would put on overcoming those obstacles… Matthew 17:20 says that: “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
NFL players get in prayer circles before and after games for a reason. It isn’t just a silly tradition or the paranoid’s superstition.
And if you need any more proof, check out the worst quarterback in the league with zero arm and zero skill set moving the football against NFL defenses that know exactly what he’s going to do.
Why would God help Tebow over every other Christian in the NFL?
That isn’t my question to answer. But if I had to take a guess, maybe God gives favor to the most outspoken, or the most annoying, right Jake Plummer?
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer. Follow him on Twitter.