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It’s Not Easy Being Tim Tebow

 

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has been made into a cultural flashpoint because of his heartfelt religious beliefs, his habit of kneeling in prayer after touchdowns, his pro-life beliefs, and the fact that he appears to mean everything he says and does from the bottom of his heart.

Tebow doesn’t have time to listen to all that ankle-biting from snotty pundits.  He’s busy.

On the first weekend in January, he met with an 8-year-old boy who has been fighting cancer since 2008, and now has only a few months to live.  His dying wish was to meet Tebow, as reported by Fox News:

“Blake, nice to meet you buddy,” said the Denver Broncos quarterback Sunday. “It’s so good to see you.”

Blake was speechless but full of smiles as Tim Tebow gave him his autograph.  His mother Miranda has been fighting the battle with her little boy from the very beginning. She talked with FOX 35 Monday from Colorado, where they will be until Wednesday.

“It’s a little overwhelming to see it actually happen,” she said over the phone.

“Tim just walked right up to Blake and started talking to him and I was like oh my goodness I can’t believe this is happening!”

13-year-old Joey Norris of Washington, who has been fighting leukemia, also got to meet Tebow that weekend.  The quarterback flew Joey out to Denver to see him play against the Kansas City Chiefs after Joey Tweeted a picture of himself “Tebowing while chemoing.”

Then, before last week’s wild card playoff game – a grueling contest the Broncos went on to win with a touchdown in overtime – Tebow took time to meet with a young lady named Bailey Knaub, who has spent most of her life battling an auto-immune disease, a condition requiring no less than 73 surgeries to date.  He also brought her to the big game as his guest.  As reported by the Denver Post:

On Thursday, Bailey learned that her dream of meeting Tebow would come true. Her family received tickets — first level, 30-yard line — to the AFC wild-card playoff game by FedEx, and soon they all were hanging out with Tebow’s parents and all of his brothers and sisters.

Then, before the game started, someone said Tim Tebow was headed over to meet Bailey.

“I was so nervous, my heart was going a million miles an hour,” she said. “I was trying not to squeal like a little fan girl.”

He greeted her by name, handed her the football he’d been practicing with, then said he’d be back after the game to hang out with her.

“She was just beaming,” said her mother, Kathy Knaub.

Bailey and her older sister, Gentry, along with their parents Rob and Kathy, spent about two hours with the Tebow family.

“They were so friendly, it’s like you were family,” said Kathy Knaub. “We talked a lot about faith and their farm.”


After the game, Tebow described meeting Bailey as “the big win of the day,” which he was “even more proud of” than beating the Steelers.

Being one of the good guys takes a lot of work.  It matters to more than just his teammates, and even to more than just Broncos fans, that Tim Tebow is up for the job.  If this guy is supposed to be some sort of intolerable threat to your world-view, then it’s time to get a new world-view.

 

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  • settrigger

    Sure not on board with you, rest assured. If you don’t like what he is saying, don’t listen! You don’t agree with him? Guess we’ll find out some day. Oh, and by the way. I am using my free will and brains, thank you very much.. So, I will take my own advice and not listen to you.   

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Broward-Lisa/100001949026809 Broward Lisa

    It must be tough being so limited in your comprehensions Jay. I would refer you back to the Sermon on the Mount for clarity. Just for the record, I am liberal who does not believe in abortion either. There are plenty of us. Only the ignorant would paint ‘liberals’ with a single brush stroke. You also might want to crack open that book of yours and read what Jesus suggests about charity to the wealthy. By the way – Jesus never promoted the murder of ANYBODY at all. So tell me how you can reconcile that with the death penalty and gun control – I’m just saying…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Broward-Lisa/100001949026809 Broward Lisa

    One more thing – I hate to point this out to you, but Jewish, liberal, hippy, socialist – is four things – not three – thank YOU for playing!

  • settrigger

    She must be as young as she looks in the picture. Young and dumb. The death penalty and gun control arguments are as old as the shirt I’m wearing 

  • JayC777

    “It must be tough being so limited in your comprehensions Jay.”

    First, an ignoramus of your level has no business whatsoever evaluating my comprehensions, moron. Second, I challenge you to cite anything from the sermon on the mount referencing socialistic/liberalistic policies.

    ” So tell me how you can reconcile that with the death penalty and gun control – I’m just saying …”

    Irrelevant to the discussion. I never argued for or against, nor made Messianic positions regarding them. Look who has the comprehension problem.

    Jay
    Get lost, dufus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Broward-Lisa/100001949026809 Broward Lisa

    “I will take my own advice and not listen to you.” (all evidence to the contrary!) by the way – I never said he shouldn’t express is bigotry and  ignorance – in fact I am glad he (and you) put out there just what you think – how else am I going to know who you are – but clearly you don’t take your own advice or you would grant me the same rights you wish to be extended to him – I think you need a new ‘adviser’. BTW – you really don’t think Jesus condones the concept of no observant Jews in heaven huh? Considering he died an observant Jew – maybe he would need a new adviser huh? Geez, your who point of you just revolves around the alter of hypocrisy doesn’t it? Keep it going though – it’s entertaining!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000179975110 Teri Newman

    I love Tebow.  He’s not afraid to be who he is and show that his Christian faith is a big part of his life and I find that to be amazing in this day and age.  In a world where everyone is so worried about political correctness and being terrified to open their mouths for fear of offending some idiot, it’s refreshing to see someone who has principles and convictions without giving a rat’s patootie who likes it or not.  I’ll tell you something else, if Tebow were a Muslim, no one would DARE to criticize him for fear of not being politically correct–but since he’s Christian, these hypocritical scumbags think he’s fair game. It just goes to show how America has turned into a nation of candy asses who won’t stand up for anything and now are perilously close to standing for nothing.  Go for it all Tim–you’ve earned it, and let your light shine!

  • JayC777

    “It is Tim Tebow – not I, who admittedly using  his fame to spread ‘the word’ telling people what to believe.”

    But, but, but …

    “I on the other hand think that people should use the free will and brains that God gave them and creatively be inspired, in whatever way works for that individual”

    You just did.  Or are you just that dense?  Not to mention you just added your own sense of …
    “self-righteousness with it”

    Jay
    Truly amazing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Broward-Lisa/100001949026809 Broward Lisa

    Young and dumb – another Christ-like Christian! Yes – the death penalty and gun control arguments – old – why not? They are only logical – however,  you’d probably try to make the point that Jesus would be for the death penalty and against gun control – wouldn’t you?

  • Dunestone

    By the way . . .

    “Hippy” is an adjective that refers to big hips (although it’s not spell checking).

    “Hippie” is a noun and spell checks just fine.

    Don’t try to referee a game you can’t play.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Broward-Lisa/100001949026809 Broward Lisa

    Let’s put your total contradictions and inaccuracies aside for a moment – I just have to say one thing reading this – YOU ARE QUITE THE FOLLOWER OF CHRIST!  The light must just beam out of your eyes! 

    One more Un-christlike Christian! Check! ROFL!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Broward-Lisa/100001949026809 Broward Lisa

    Can you see further than the tip of your nose? No – seriously, can you? NO REALLY JAY – CAN YOU? No – WAIT – I got it! Your eyes aren’t even open are they???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000179975110 Teri Newman

    An eye for an eye.  Also, while the death penalty may not be a deterrent, it’s enough for me to know that the murderers we execute will not kill again.  I’ve had a concealed carry permit since before you were born.  When you are being attacked and have nothing to defend
    yourself with, you’ll sing a different tune.  No one is forcing YOU to carry a gun, and it’s none of your business if another American wants to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000179975110 Teri Newman

    An eye for an eye.  Also, while the death penalty may not be a deterrent, it’s enough for me to know that the murderers we execute will not kill again.  I’ve had a concealed carry permit since before you were born.  When you are being attacked and have nothing to defend
    yourself with, you’ll sing a different tune.  No one is forcing YOU to carry a gun, and it’s none of your business if another American wants to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

  • 1grainofsand

    John 14: 6,7
      6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7  If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

    God nailed his own Son to the cross. There was no other way.

  • Miron99

    Wow, Lisa has taken on a whole army (it seems) of apologists! If I may add my 2-cents, Lisa says her God is the loving kind. That is true according to the Bible which she has no problem quoting. But she seems to stop at the “For God so loved the world” part of John 3:16. The verse actually goes on to say something about “perish[ing]” and Lisa cannot reconcile that part with the her loving God concept. And therein lies the disgust that some people have for Tebow and others like him, me included. We believe that God is not only loving, He is also just and holy and righteous. According to the Bible all of us are sinners and none of us deserves that eternal life. And that’s why Jesus died to satisfy God’s righeous wrath. Now if God is only loving, then no one will perish, therefore, no one needs to preach the evangelical gospel. And people like Lisa will not be offended.

  • confedgal

    And it’s okay that you went there. There will never be another singer like Elvis. 

  • confedgal

    Exactly. I felt the same way. While I was horribly unhappy that my beloved Steelers lost, at the same time I was happy for Tebow. Like I said earlier … you can’t hate on Tebow.

  • confedgal

    So true. 

  • confedgal

    316 yard … coincidence … maybe. Tebow did play a good game. I was glad for him. Who are you pulling for?

  • Hominid

    Not really from a football perspective.  Pitt’s QB & hence offense were about 75%, their defense was decimated by injuries, and Den had home field.  Let’s see if Tebow can put some numbers up against NE – last time, at home, he flopped terribly after the a brief opening flurry.

  • Hominid

    Nailed it.

  • Hominid

    Precisely.

  • cbcnd1

    WOW – You really missed the point of the story.

  • StanW

    Rick, stop trying to hard to be a bigot and a jerk.

    Tebow thanks God for his successes. MANY pro athelets do it, and Tebow did not invent the kneel-and-pray posture.

    You hate Christians, we all know that!

  • Rick Blaine

    I don’t hate Christians. I hate ignorance, I despise superstition of any type, and when someone presents me with superstitious falderol I speak up and present the facts. Until we as a society put these childish superstitions behind us we will forever be caught up in this whirlwind of science denying, bronze age thinking that has meant the deaths and torture of millions of people for thousands of years. Fifty-two per cent of Republican voters reject the theory of evolution, saying mankind was created in present form within the last 10,000 years; just 31 per cent think man-made climate change is happening. In Congress, Republicans fought stem cell research and the HPV vaccine. Sarah Palin, ignoramus-in-chief, mocked “fruit-fly research” as a “pet project with little or nothing to do with the public good,” rejecting at a stroke most all of the advances in genetics since Gregor Mendel. That is pure madness and I will fight it with every breath. If you wish to eat the flesh and drink the blood of a zombie then more power to you but don’t get upset when someone calls you out on your belief in mythology and keep it out of our schools and government. Go into the closet and pray as Jesus commanded you.

  • StanW

    You know, Rick, for someone who claims that Jesus never existed (and dismisses all proof that He did wil a simple “those are lies”), you sure talk about Him a lot and demand we follow his words.

    First, most people reject evolution because it is unproven and unprovable. Trying to make people that do not buy into the evolution lie to be the same as young earth creationists is a petty and lazy ploy.

    And man-made climate change has been proven REPEATEDLY to be a lie.

    Listen to me bigot. When I see you slam and malign Muslism with the same zeal and hatred that you do Christians, then I MIGHT believe what you say. However, I knwo that you are nothing but a pathetic coward. Christians like Tim Tebow may pray for you, but Muslims might find you and kill your family. They can block traffic in New York City and pray on the streets all they want to. But if Tim Tewbow silently thanks his God for his successes, you think our entire way of life is at risk.

    You are a pathetic coward!

  • cbcnd1

    Thanks for proving my point!  LOL Just another hater.

  • Rick Blaine

    If thinking critically, imposing reason over superstition, and calling out superstitious nut jobs is your idea of a hater then more power to you.

  • Kathryn Brown

    Tebow should be free to express what he believes just as you are, Lisa.  Even if you do not agree with him (which is certainly your right), please be patient enough to see that he says what he does out of care and concern for others.  He wants people to have the joy of a relationship with Christ.  He isn’t forcing it on anyone, he is sharing good news that makes him joyful.  I understand your opinion of Christians: you’ve probably seen a lot of messed up, hypocritical ones.  Problem is, hypocrisy is a human problem, not a particularly Christian one.  It looks different in different people, but it’s certainly there.  There is liberal hypocrisy, conservative hypocrisy, environmentalist hypocrisy, and religious hypocrisy.  It’s everywhere.  Yeah, Christians ought to know better, and I get fed up with my own and other Christians’ issues and problems as much as the next person.  I find it sand and curious that faith in ‘tolerance’ finds everyone but faithful, Bible-believing Christians ‘tolerable’.  You obviously have some knowledge of the scriptures, and I applaud you for trying to back up your opinions with some evidence.  I would, however, encourage you to take a closer look.  The gospel is beautiful to me, and I wish it could be to you.  I do not force it upon you, I merely say that I know how good and true it is and I wish more people knew as well.  It is a way of life filled with joy, comfort in sadness, and hope for the future.  It ought to be a life filled with love, compassion, and respect for our fellow human beings.  Sad to say, the Christians replying to you seem to be treating you with the same disrespect you have given them.  I would like to gently rebuke you all for the way you have spoken to Lisa.  You know, that it is wrong.  I do not say this in anger.  But it is wrong.  Being correct about everything is not the point of the Gospel.  Jesus is the point of the gospel.  So let’s love like he does.  
    Basically, Lisa, I want to encourage you to put aside your emotions in this matter and see Tebow for who he is: a compassionate, loving man, as flawed as the rest of us, but trying to do what is right and follow Christ as he believes he should.  And because Christ has been so loving and merciful to me, I wish that for you as well.  But I don’t push it on you, or hate you if you disagree.  Blessings on you.  

  • Kathryn Brown

    Hmm, I don’t think you’re quite understanding what John 3:16 means here.  I know you think it is preposterous, but let me explain.  We’re all heading to hell anyway.  As humans we don’t want to think that we have sins and problems, and if we do we want to make them sound not very bad (smell like hypocrisy to you?  it does to me).  I know you are very aware of how broken humanity is.  We, by nature, go our own way, rejecting the truth and refusing to admit our need.  See, we’re ALL headed down that path.  The LORD in his grace reaches down and saves us from that death and gives us eternal life.  He’s not sending anybody to hell, he’s saving people from it.  Oh, and He’s good, he’s SO good and gracious and precious and faithful to me in my brokenness.  I deserved hell, plain and simple.  Not those other people out there with the truly bad problems like murder, homosexuality, lying and inflicting abuse.  I mean me, with my equally offensive pride, anger, jealousy and gossip.  The first list isn’t any worse than the second.  The second list isn’t any worse than the first.  They’re all bad, and I think you will agree with me on most of the things on the list.  He reached down and saved ME, changed ME, in my brokenness, for which I am so thankful.  You may not agree with these statements, but that is, in fact, what Christians mean when they say He is the only way.  They’re not talking about a terrible, judgmental, hateful god.  They’re talking about our precious God.  Just thought I’d clear that up for you.