Tebow talks his new battle wound (non-called face mask),
setting a new NFL QB rushing record, Percy Harvin, and
what "iron sharpens iron" means to him.
what "iron sharpens iron" means to him.
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I read in the Bible, "He will use the foolish things to confound the wise...This is 'foolishness' we are watching, we are being 'confounded'...he is confounding us so called 'wise men.'"Then on ESPN's First Take yesterday, Doug Stewart claimed that Tebow is benefiting from the help of "a higher power." (At the 4:40 mark)
There's no doubt that Tebow's passing accuracy has been spotty at times. At the end of the day, though, he has consistently outplayed the other team's quarterbacks. The problem is that most analysts are limited in their ability to analyze and compare quarterbacks with anything more concrete than the old eye test. Or they look at stats that simply do not matter at the end of the day, such as passing yards, and can't figure out how Tebow is winning games.
Smarter analysts might know to look at critical measures of passing success, such as yards per attempt or passer rating -- indicators that traditionally have a very high correlation to victory. But even those indicators fail to tell the whole story of Tim Tebow.
Enter Cold, Hard Football Facts.com's Real Quarterback Rating, which we introduced over the summer and which has quickly proven itself the most important indicator in football outside of final score.
The fundraiser, entitled “Dollar Day,” kicks off at 9 am EST Tuesday, November 29, 2011.
Every Tim Tebow fan is encouraged to donate $1 each to help the foundation realize this goal. Donations can be made online at www.timtebowfoundation.org, and all donors will get receipts for their donations. All proceeds will go directly toward the Tebow CURE Hospital, a combined effort between the Tim Tebow Foundation and CURE International.
“I am so thankful for my fans and the support they’ve always shown me,” said Tebow. “I am excited for this opportunity for my fans to join me in a project that is so close to my heart.”
"You can't help but cheer for a guy like that," former NFL star Kurt Warner said. "But I'd tell him, '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."
Romans 10:14-15And what about the Apostle Paul? What if he had refused to speak boldly? What if he had softened his approach because some became "calloused" or even "obstinate" to his message?
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
On Saturday, Denver quarterback Tim Tebow stood in front of his teammates, both offense and defense, to deliver a message that resonated deep into Sunday evening, long after the Broncos battled it out with the Chargers in overtime for a fifth consecutive win.
It was another quote from the Bible, another expression of his religion that many of his critics seem to believe borders on overly pious devotion.
Do Tebow's constant references to his Christianity still bother you? Maybe they do. And that's your prerogative. For what it's worth, linebacker Von Miller, the havoc-wreaking rookie with 10.5 sacks who is among the biggest reasons for Tebow's recent success, was inspired by that quote.
"What he said really stuck with me," said Miller as he walked toward the team bus. "Just having that guy around, it makes us better men. I think he plays for us, and he makes us want to play for him."
But this ongoing debate isn't just about the things Tebow says. It is about the way Tebow plays.
"If you're married, and you have a wife, and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife I love her the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and every opportunity?," Tebow said. "That's how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ."
Put differently: Plummer may like Tebow the football player, but could do without the constant reminders of his faith. And Tebow has no plans to do anything but pronounce his love for Jesus every chance he gets.Video of Tebow's response here.
Whatever you think of Tebow, there's no denying that divine intervention has a lot to do with his success. Because there's no way a guy completing 44.8 percent of his throws, and who completed just two passes against the Chiefs in Week 10 would be on an NFL roster, much less a starting quarterback with a 4-1 record.
So, yeah, he has good reason to be thankful.
"Tim Tebow is a warrior. He is a winner. He will be a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback." Zeke Bratkowski, QB Coach
"He has a warrior's mentality" Brian Dawkins, Denver Bronco
"Tim Tebow: Cultural Warrior" Tom Kratenmaker, Religious Commentator
“The most effective ambassador-warrior for his faith I’ve come across in 25 years at SI.” Austin Murphy, SI
"Tebow is a warrior." Brandon Spikes,
Another ugly performance by Tim Tebow, another victory. Many of us were laughing when he opened the season as Denver's third-string quarterback, but I can't do it anymore. He's won me over. I am now an unabashed Tebowist. And this is what I believe:
I believe there is nothing wrong with having more points than completions. I am a Tebowist.
I enjoy rooting for someone who was drafted in the final round of my fantasy league as a joke. I am a Tebowist.
I like watching someone whose every success is deemed a one-time fluke by the experts, and I like how this happens week after week after week. I am a Tebowist.
I am intrigued listening to a guy whose postgame comments sound scripted and clichéd, yet sincere and impassioned at the same time. I am a Tebowist.
I believe that sometimes the best way to choose a quarterback is not by making an informed decision based on weeks of performance in practice, but by heeding the advice of a billboard alongside Interstate 25. I am a Tebowist.
I enjoy believing in the goodness of someone simply because so many others believe he is too good to be true. I am a Tebowist.
I am fascinated by the idea that "intangibles" and "heart" might actually be real things and not just clichés that desperate announcers resort to using when they're out of things to say. I am a Tebowist.
I think it's great that someone who has success off the field by doing everything right also has success on the field by doing everything wrong. I am a Tebowist.
I think it's a waste of time to assume Tim Tebow is a hypocrite with skeletons in his closet until he does something to suggest that he is a hypocrite with skeletons in his closet. I am a Tebowist.
I believe in the power of things unseen, but I believe even more in the power of things I can see. Like the scoreboard. I am a Tebowist.
I know that even if Tim Tebow never wins another game in the NFL, he's still won four more than many observers thought he could. I am a Tebowist.
I am confident that Tim Tebow will never look like a good quarterback. And that it might not matter. I am a Tebowist.
I believe that Tim Tebow > memes. I am a Tebowist.
I believe Tim Tebow has whatever "it" is, and that the definition of "it" is "what Tim Tebow has." I am a Tebowist.
Wins for quarterbacks are an overrated statistic. There are ten other players on Tebow’s side of the ball, eleven more on defense, and don’t forget the punter and kicker. Tebow scored the winning points, but he needed a good block from his tight end to clear the onrushing defenders, a fact he emphasized after the game. Sincere or not, it’s hard to hate a star for insistent expressions of humility. Cue the chorus: “He’s got it.”
To all the Christians who read this blog, we'd like to issue you this challenge. Lets make Tebow irrelevant. Imagine that so many Christians actually lived a strong Christian life that someone like Tebow was so typical, so commonplace that it wouldn't warrant discussing, much less dissecting.
How about bringing the same passion, commitment, determination, hard work and excellence to our everyday lives that others are forced to consider our faith and our God as a result of our everyday actions?
How about taking the hits from the skeptics in our sphere of influence with the same polite, level headed and gracious approach that we see Tebow do, week after week, year after year?
Instead of "tebowing", i.e. taking a picture of yourself pretending to pray, how about really praying for those around you who are in need?
Instead of wearing a 15 jersey with "Jesus" emblazoned on the back, how about feeding the sick, supporting orphans, visiting prisoners, and providing health care to those less fortunate. How about acting like a follower of the real Jesus, instead of just wearing his name?
And instead of "believing" Tebow can get it done on the field, how about we all join him off the field and make being a real Christian the standard and not the exception?
Let Tebow silence his critics on the field, and let us as fans join forces and silence the critics off the field by making the man Tebow is just one of the many instead of one of the few.
“He shocked me,” Revis said, “probably shocked a lot of people.”- Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis