Heâ€™s become an upstanding hero to millions of young football fans, a fierce competitor on the field and a celebrated philanthropist off the field â€“ just the kind of public figure analysts love to â€¦ hate?
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebowâ€™s feats and foibles on the gridiron have been an endless source of debate for football fans since he was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round three years ago â€“ as has his public commitment to both Christianity and abstinence before marriage.
Former Reagan Cabinet member William Bennett, however, penned a column for CNN last year in which he claimed many critics â€“ and he singled out Hoge by name â€“ are only â€śpretendingâ€ť to criticize the football player, when their real problem with Tebow is the man himself.
â€śTebow is a role model for sports fans everywhere. But instead of lifting him up, too many commentators, critics and even fellow athletes mock...
"Methinketh thou protesteth too much" is what I think of Tebow fans who see any criticism of him as an underhanded way to criticize him as a devout Christian. (I thought it was really an underhanded way to criticize him as a Gator).
Do you as a Christian want the world to praise you for your beliefs?
James 4:4 "Don't you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God"
Now, if he is traded to the Jaguars, he may get a better chance to play and then we can talk about his expertise as a NFL QB.
J for J, I'm no Tebow apologist nor avid football fan anymore, but it's tough to criticize his ability at QB when he hasn't really gotten a chance to play all season. Even tough Jet's fans are acknowledge this when I read newspaper comments from my former city that more often blame coach Ryan. No, I suspect there are certain people just looking for a chance to pile on Tebow for his beliefs in a way they wouldn't for other less outwardly virtuous fellows in the league.
Just because Tim Tebow seems to be a devout Christian doesn't mean he doesn't deserve to get criticized for being such a bad QB. There have been other Christians in football who didn't receive the criticism he does because they were good or at least not as overhyped.