I guess I am not the only one who has questions about Tim Tebow. And, I admit that my prejudices are largely ill founded.
Not like I want the Broncos QB to fail or get hurt. I would never wish that upon anyone. It was more that I just did not think he had what it took to make it in the NFL, although some of that has been mistakenly rooted in that faith thing circling around Tebow.
What is odd is I am not a big fan of organized religion, but I am very spiritual.
But, for one thing, I am not crazy about proselytizing, and Tebow does do that. And, I have a lot of problem with religious dogma, and like it or not, the two most obvious religions of our time--Islam and Christianity--are the most prolific with this.
Just this week Presidential hopeful Rick Perry filmed an ad asking what has happened in America such that gays can fight in the military, but children cannot pray in school, nor can Christmas be celebrated in our schools.
But, ideally, we separate our politics and government with our faith (don't get me started on criticizing those defending our country or equal rights), not to mention I am certain Perry might not react to schools acknowledging Hanukah, but I would bet he does not have Ramadan in mind. Nor prayer mats for students who might want to face Mecca at the appropriate times.
Which is extra strange because I doubt that either Mohammad or Jesus had self righteousness or overt conversion in mind when they outlined what would become the doctrines of their respective faith.
Anyway, Tebow has certainly taken it on the chin as a result of this, and I have wondered what he did to deserve this.
For, in the NFL over the past few years we have had the problems of Michael Vick and dog fighting. Ben Roethlisberger has had problems keeping his hands on the football, and Plaxico Burress? Well, it has come to Stevie Johnson making a mockery of Plax.
But athletes are, like it or not, held up as role models. However, like it or not, most of the time what we look for are the ones with flaws, who we then tear down for generally being human enough to make a mistake. On the other hand, though there are certainly athletes who do good and kind acts all the time, when do we hear about it?
Anyway, Tebow has certainly done nothing wrong aside from being open about his faith, and winning six out of seven starts for his previously floundering team.
The thing is, Tebow is not the first Christian QB to have success. Kurt Warner certainly fit both those categories, and one of Tebow's own Bronco predecessors, Craig Morton was not only religious, but reminded us that "Moses (as in Haven) brought him to the Promised Land."
So, I will try to put away the feelings that bother me when a player says "God helped me score this touchdown." Not that I don't understand that faith does help to motivate, but rather, the real power of such feelings and thoughts is in keeping them private.
Not to mention I doubt that God is neither a Broncos fan, nor does he (or she) root for a particular country to succeed or fail.
As for Tebow, he can rock it out as long as the Raiders come out ahead in the AFC West.