Tim Tebow: Trash Talk Shows Denver Broncos QB's Success Isn't All Divine

Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterDecember 15, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos leaves the field after defeating the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Bears 13-10 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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THIS JUST IN! Tim Tebow is not the perfect human being after all.

I know you're shocked to hear this. We all are.

So was Chicago Bears corner Charles Tillman, who caught a lick of trash talk from Tebow during the Denver Broncos' thrilling 13-10 overtime victory in Week 14 of the 2011 NFL Season.

According to Pro Football Talk, Tebow told Tillman his first-quarter pick was "lucky" in a quick conversation that was picked up by the NFL Network's microphones:

“You’re lucky. You’re lucky to get one.”

Tillman turned toward Tebow and asked, “What did you say?”

“I said you’re lucky, man,” Tebow said. “Lucky, lucky. You know that, too, man.”

Which raises two important questions about the impeccable Tebow:

1) Is his heart not actually pure through and through? Is Timmy Terrific capable of verbal jibes, of rubbing his opponents the wrong way?

2) What's this "luck" he's speaking of? I thought Tebow was all about divine intervention!

Valid concerns, of course, but the real lesson here is that Tebow is, in fact, human. Sure, he happens to be a human who, by most accounts, is incredibly affable, giving, caring and genuine, albeit whose religious fervor many football fans find off-putting.

But still, he's human, capable of even the most frivolous of follies.

You know, like saying two different things in two separate settings about the same incident.

After the game, Tebow changed his tune somewhat about Tillman being just the second person to intercept him all season:

“That interception Charles Tillman had was a great play — you know, bad decision on my part, which I can’t have, and got to improve. But that was a great play.” 

To be fair, Tebow's duplicity in this case is more than likely a simple function of his competitive spirit manifesting itself more on the football field than in the press room. Tebow's piety apparently doesn't get in the way of him playing head games with his opponents in the midst of battle.

Next thing you know, Tebow will be crediting Denver's victories to luck (which he probably should) rather than the grace and glory of a higher power...

Or not.