Some would say the Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow doesn’t have a prayer of a chance against the New England Patriots this weekend. And some would say Tebow is the answer to prayers of Bronco fans everywhere. Whatever you believe, one thing is certain, it’s fun to see how Tebow is calling attention to Christianity in sports, and bringing prayer to a whole new level inside his NFL locker room and beyond.
Tebow is regularly quoted in major media outlets across the country about his Christian background and religious beliefs. Generally he is very open about his love for the Lord, even spreading the Lord’s message via Twitter with Tweets that call out specific Bible verses or thanking God for a win on the football field. For example, one of his Tweets last weekend read, “Praise the Lord! Thanks to all my great teammates, coaches and fans…This win was for Bronco Nation!”
Tebow has received heavy media attention all year which has increased since the star quarterback carried the Broncos through a three-game losing streak with their upset victory over the Steelers in the wild-card round last weekend. Tebow’s fans immediately took to Twitter following the game to sing his praises. Hash tags such as #tebowtime and #allhedoesiswin were trending topics that day. While many experts say the Broncos have a slim shot at a win against the Patriots in this weekend’s divisional playoff game, Tebow’s big upset against the Steelers and support of Christianity are still calling major attention to not only Tebow and the Broncos, but to prayer as well.
Throughout the last two years, Tebow has managed to become the country’s most beloved sports figures — and one who openly shares his love for Christ at that! He has even inspired a recent pop cultural phenomenon called “tebowing.” If you don’t know what “tebowing” is, then check out tebowing.com. The site defines this signature Tebow move as: “to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.”
Since this website launched, fans around the world have started “tebowing” at home and sending in pictures of themselves doing this same move. There are images of people “tebowing” underwater in full scuba gear, on a ski lift in Vermont, at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, at Machu Pichu in Peru and anywhere else you can imagine. While some may add pictures of themselves “tebowing” in silly positions, we love to see Tebow’s love for the Lord motivate a new wave of excitement about Christianity.
While Tebowmania may have been brewing for the last two years, it certainly hit an all-time high this week and it’s heightening the excitement about prayer as well. Representative Sal Pace (D) even sent a letter to the Broncos quarterback last Friday inviting him to lead the Colorado State House of Representatives in the daily morning prayer before lawmakers start work. In the letter, Pace said Tebow is an excellent choice to “give Colorado’s elected officials guidance as we take on the important task of leading Colorado.”
The Tebow hype is especially encouraging as he is considered one of the ‘good guys’ in the professional sports world. ESPN.com recently published an article about Tebow’s selfless acts off the field and all the good he does week after week. Reporter Rick Reilly writes, “Every week, Tebow picks out someone who is suffering, or who is dying, or who is injured. He flies these people and their families to the Broncos game, rents them a car, puts them up in a nice hotel, buys them dinner (usually at a Dave & Buster’s), gets them and their families pregame passes, visits with them just before kickoff (!), gets them 30-yard-line tickets down low, visits with them after the game (sometimes for an hour), has them walk him to his car, and sends them off with a basket of gifts.” It seems Tebow truly is the good Christian he inspires so many others to be.
Regardless of whether the Patriots or the Broncos win this weekend, we would love to see a spirit-filled individual (and all-around nice guy) like Tebow have another reason to sing God’s praises. The quarterback has inspired legions of Denver Broncos fans, hundreds of thousands of football fans on Twitter and most importantly, an overwhelming number of Christians who like to hear the football star praise God. We’ll cheer that kind of play any day!