Playing Football for God’s Glory

“I don’t know enough about the technicalities of playing quarterback in the NFL to discuss whether Tebow can make it. And I’m not interested enough to learn. But he is a brother in Christ who seems to “get it” on two important fronts: 1) his relationship to Jesus is more important than football at any level; and 2) how to be humble in public.In a hilariously tongue-in-cheek columnabout how Tebow is a colossal failure because “all he can do is win football games,” we catch this profile of the man that every Christian should aspire to be:

You can see why Elway’s unconvinced. Tim Tebow can’t do it the normal way. Tim Tebow can’t get through an interview without mentioning his faith. Or giving credit to his teammates. Tim Tebow never sounds full of Tim Tebow.

He doesn’t even get mad when people say nasty things about him. When people say Tim Tebow needs to improve, Tim Tebow says he needs to improve. Who does that?

Nothing seems to rattle him. He smiles and doesn’t sulk. When Tim Tebow is bummed, he doesn’t pull down the blinds, blast the Fleetwood Mac and drink red wine out of a Mason jar, like everybody else does. He’s a total weirdo.

Whether he makes it in the NFL or not, Tebow has thus far shown a grace-filled balance of having a good reputation with unbelievers and yet being stubbornly different for the sake of Christ. And this at the same time that other young men his age—yes, even Christian young men—seem to have no higher goal than reaching the next level of CoD.”

-Andy Snider,