There's no doubt that Tim Tebow can draw strong opinions from the general public. If you don't know that, just read any article written about him and see the comment section below.
The latest words about Tebow from former teammate Brian Dawkins (via Alex Marvez, Fox Sports) will undeniably do the same thing.
“In our Bible study sessions when my neck was pretty bad and I’m hurting, he along with our chaplain and (Broncos director of player development) Jerry Butler laid hands and prayed on me pretty good...They brought snot and tears to my eyes and all that type of good stuff with prayer.
He really is a guy who walks what he says he walks.”
As is the case with anything else that relates to Tebow, I am sure that the opinions will be strong on this revelation. To some of the less spiritual people, this will no doubt make a lot less sense than it will to others. The only thing I can say is that in everything I read there, Dawkins didn't seem to mind what was happening.
I will also say that the last sentence from Dawkins is the most refreshing thing about all of this. With what we see of athletes, it's hard to tell who's genuine and who just knows what to say and do in front of a camera. If you read a transcript of 10 post-game interviews, chances are pretty good that about four words will deviate.
Based on these words from Dawkins, it's impossible to say that Tebow is any different than what we see on television. The person that we see on camera on Sunday (and to a lesser extent, other days) is the same person that people who know him see behind closed doors.
You may love Tebow, you may not be able to stand him. It's certainly not hard to get people to talk strongly about him one way or the other. But at the very least, it's nice to know what Tebow is, and that the person he gives us on game day is the same person that everyone else gets between games.
Nobody has a personality that's going to work for everyone, that's fine. What's frustrating is seeing someone and not knowing what you're getting. You can say a lot of things about Tebow, but you can't call him a phony.