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Friday, December 16, 2011

Quarterback Tim Tebow Puts Faith Front And Center

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) prays in the end zone before the start of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Denver. (AP)

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow prays in the end zone before the start of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Denver. (AP)

Denver Bronco’s quarterback Tim Tebow is known for his miraculous, come-from-behind, fourth quarter rallies. But would he be gaining so much attention if it weren’t for his ardent religious beliefs?

Tebow is known for dropping down on one knee to pray, in a pose dubbed “Tebowing.” The move has inspired scores of imitators on YouTube and countless fans.

Tebow was born in the Philippines to American missionaries, and is a big supporter of home schooling. Now, at 24 years old and 6 foot 3 inches tall, he says he’s still a virgin, saving himself for marriage. His fans say he is an inspiring role model for children, who don’t have so many positive role models in the sporting world these days.

But Tebow has also caused controversy. While playing at the University of Florida, he wrote Bible passages in his eye black, leading the NCAA to ban the practice. And sports journalists say while his pop culture star would likely fade the moment he stops being a sensation on the football field.

Guest:

  • Reid Cherner, USA Today’s Game On blog

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