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August 9, 2011

Is Tim Tebow’s faith “Unbelievable”?

by Dave Malnes

NFL quarterback and former Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow is one of the most talked about sports icons in America.  Dazzling in college, the question hanging over everybody’s head is, “Can Tim Tebow be successful as a NFL quarterback?

But it doesn’t stop there.  Tim Tebow is a devout Christian and not afraid to proclaim his faith or live it.  In fact, his faith is so much part of his life, that it can make people uncomfortable, whether Christian or non-Christian.  In recent comments to the press in Denver over who is going to be the starting quarterback for the Broncos this season, Tim stated, “I’m relying as always on my faith,” and “I know that all this will have a way of working out.”

In his new life in the NFL and both his play on the field and his life on it, all I have to say is this:

Tim Tebow cannot win.

This has nothing to do with the scoreboard, but everything to do with how the media will attempt to portray or understand Tim Tebow – especially his faith.

A great example can be found in a recent post by Gregg Doyel of CBS Sportsline.  Click here to read http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/15406131/unbelievable-tebow-believes-faith-equates-to-starting-in-nfl

Gregg’s perception is that Tim’s faith does not allow for failure.  He thinks that Tim’s faith equates his love for God with rewards and successes here on earth.  I disagree.  When reading Tim’s comments in the paper and from his book, you see a guy who is fiercely competitive, takes full advantage to exercise his gifts and talents to every opportunity given him, and ultimately knows that whatever happens, God’s hand will be in it for the sole purpose of giving him glory.  This means for the good times and the bad times.  Will Tim be disappointed if he does not start this season?  Yes.  Will he blame God for that?  Though tempted, as we all would be, I really doubt that he will.  Why do I believe that?

Tim Tebow is a winner.

He understands there are certain things he does not have any control over.  Coaches make decisions.  Players get hurt.  Other teams play better.  He gets the fact that there are other things much more important than playing football.  He knows there are not answers for every questions, especially when life’s circumstances become excruciatingly difficult.  What makes Tim a consistent winner is how he responds in those difficult circumstances – in those times when he does have control.  Whether down by 16 points late in the fourth quarter, or losing a job, or facing a serious illness, I think Tim’s faith understands that not giving up is a by-product of faith.  That whatever happens, he is prepared to perform with the right attitude and the right outlook.  That’s what makes Tim a winner.

That’s real faith which is believable.

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