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Updated on March 19, 2019
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James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with three non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow was the quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. The quarterback is the leader of the team—sometimes called the Field General. Tebow, as 24-years-old, was in his second season as a professional player. He weighed 250 lbs. and was considered the strongest athlete to ever play his position.

The Denver Broncos had not posted a winning record in any season since 2006. In 2010, they lost 12 of 16 games. When the Broncos lost 4 of their first 5 in 2011, they brought Tim Tebow off the bench and named him their starting quarterback. Immediately, Denver won 7 of 8 games, including six in row—many in miraculous fashion.

By all accounts, Tim Tebow is described by his friends—as well as by his past coaches and teammates—as a humble, considerate, sincere, earnest, calm, clean, decent, nice, grateful man. Tebow is considered a hard worker and a terrific teammate who displays excellent sportsmanship and a joyful demeanor. He is a natural leader who motivates the men around him to exceed what is expected of them.

Tim Tebow is also the most hated professional athlete today. Because he loves Jesus and honors God.

TIM TEBOW
TIM TEBOW

Tim Tebow Bio

Tim Tebow was born in the Philippines, where his parents were working as Baptist Missionaries. While Tim was still in his mother's womb, a pathogenic amoeba infected Mrs. Tebow that could have proved fatal to them both. The drugs that doctors used to combat the infection caused his mother's placenta to separate from her uterus.

The situation was so dire that the physicians held out little hope that baby Tim would survive. In fact, they told Mrs. Tebow that she should have an abortion to save her own life, which they deemed to be in peril. Being a strong Christian, she naturally refused to kill baby Tim, and instead turned to prayer—asking God to spare her baby.

Tim Tebow was born healthy, becoming the youngest of five children, and his mother was just fine as well. The family moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where Mrs. Tebow homeschooled her children while instilling in them a Christian worldview and Christian values.

Tim Tebow went on to play high school football. He gained a reputation as an extraordinarily competitive and courageous boy. He once played a half a game with a broken fibula—and even ran 29 yards on it for a touchdown.

As a Junior—and again as a Senior—he was voted the best high school football player in the State of Florida. He led his team to the State Championship. Later, some other states passed laws to allow homeschooled youth to play high school sports—called 'The Tim Tebow Bill.'

TEBOW WITH THE FLORIDA GATORS
TEBOW WITH THE FLORIDA GATORS
TIM TEBOW: NATIONAL CHAMPION
TIM TEBOW: NATIONAL CHAMPION
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TEBOW

Tim Tebow: Florida Gators

Tim Tebow was widely recruited to play college football on scholarship. He chose the University of Florida—where his parents met decades before. Tebow would become the first player in history to be named by his teammates of the Florida "Gators" as the Most Valuable Player of their team for three consecutive years.

Tim Tebow played a significant role as a Freshman reserve when the Florida Gators won the National Championship in 2006. On his first college play, he ran for a touchdown.

Before the next season began, Tebow was named the starting quarterback. Critics said, "Sure he can run, but he can't pass!" His first game he passed for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns, completing 13 of 17 pass attempts. By the end of that year, he was rated the 2nd best passer in the nation.

In 2007, Tim Tebow became the first college football player ever to both run and pass for more than 20 touchdowns. He ran for 23 and passed for 32—more than 87 other teams in college football's highest division. And he played half a game with a broken hand.

For this spectacular performance that season, Tebow won college football's highest honor—the Heisman Trophy (for best individual player). He is the only Sophomore in history to win this award.

Before the next season began, Tim Tebow became the first player ever to ask to be removed from the Playboy Magazine All-American football team—because he objected to the 'Playboy Lifestyle.'

A big brouhaha was made in the press when Tebow revealed he is still a virgin who does not believe in sex before marriage. That year, he directed the Florida Gators to an upset victory in the National Championship Game despite another broken hand and an injured shoulder that later required surgery.

In 2008 and 2009—under the leadership of Tim Tebow—the Florida Gators were only defeated twice in 28 games. As his college career ended, Tebow had posted the 2nd best Passing Efficiency Rating of all quarterbacks who had ever played the game—a game that goes back to 1869. He also had run for the 10th most touchdowns in college football history—an incredible feat considering running is not the primary job of a quarterback.

Tim Tebow spent his summers working as a missionary at orphanages in the Philippines. He also became known as the player who put Scriptures in his black eye paint. In one big game, he etched John 3:16 into his eye paint and it was clearly seen when television cameras showed him in close-ups.

That afternoon, 92 million people searched Google for John 3:16. After he left college, the powers that be banned messages in eye paint, known as 'The Tebow Rule.'

TIM TEBOW: DENVER BRONCOS
TIM TEBOW: DENVER BRONCOS

Tim Tebow: Denver Broncos

Tim Tebow was a first round draft choice by the Denver Broncos. He had many doubters who didn't think he could make it in professional football—despite the fact that he is widely considered the best college football player who ever played the game. The Broncos thought differently. The owners of the Denver team considered Tebow "a tough, smart man with great character who loves football."

Replicas of Tim Tebow's Denver Broncos jersey were the best-sellers of the entire NFL.

When his team scores a touchdown, Tebow bows on one knee to give thanks to God. This became known as 'Tebowing' and went viral over the internet. Millions of people do it sincerely, but many also do it mockingly. Tebowing has in recent weeks been recognized as an official new word of the English Language.

Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos from behind quite late in four games when the odds seemed insurmountable—in one game when down by 15 points with 3 minutes to play. He seems to inspire his team to do the impossible. NFL fans, players, and insiders have never seen anything like it. It appears to be . . . supernatural.

TIM TEBOW CLOSEUP
TIM TEBOW CLOSEUP
TIM TEBOW RUNNING!
TIM TEBOW RUNNING!

Tim Tebow: The Most Hated Man in Sports

It seems to me that maybe 20 years ago Tim Tebow would have been unanimously loved as a wonderful role model for America's youth. But Cultural Marxism has sunk its tentacles deep into American Culture. I had heard that Tebow was a reviled figure by many Americans so I spent an afternoon looking at various websites you can find by searching for "I Hate Tim Tebow," including one with that very title.

Now of all the professional athletes today one could find objectionable, especially in the NFL or NBA, the one most hated is not, as we might expect, any of the plethora of trash-talking, foul-mouthed, violent abusers of women, children and animals who fathers illegitimate children all over the land. It is Tim Tebow. One famous comedian went on record that he would like to kill him.

The irrational hatred, the vile vitriol, the vicious meanness, and the hostile ridicule directed at Tim Tebow is enormous. I found websites full of people who openly desire that he lose his games, that he is seriously injured, even that he should die. Tim Tebow is aware of all this but turns the other cheek.

Apparently the byword of the Left, 'Tolerance,' does not extend to those who openly love Jesus and honor God. Anti-Christian bigotry is no longer hiding in the shadows folks. What if Tebow was a Muslim or a Jew? Do you think fans and other players would openly mock his beliefs?

Here is a man who spends his spare time visiting schools, hospitals, and prisons. And millions of people openly root for him to fail. Most of all, they hope he will fail morally so they can brand him a hypocrite. One writer said, "Tim Tebow draws more critics that would a blind knife-throwing exhibit at a hemophiliac convention." Another said that if the Denver Broncos win the NFL Championship—in the Super Bowl—"Burning Mosques, bashing gays, and hating immigrants will become common."

Here is the cultural divide in America laid bare. When a celebrity 'comes out' that he enjoys making love to another man's exit hole for human feces, he is hailed in the media as a 'courageous' hero and his behavior is glorified with being named the Grand Marshall of some parade.

When a successful man 'comes out' that he loves Jesus and honors God, he is told he ought to keep that to himself. Or else.

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    • James A Watkins profile imageAUTHOR

      James A Watkins 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      Efficient Admin--- You are most welcome. Thank you very much for taking the time to read my article about Tim Tebow. Obviously, I need to update it, since a lot has happened in his life since I wrote this. I will tend to that soon. I appreciate you calling my attention to it by submitting your outstanding comments.

      You wrote, "The Scriptures say that the day would come when good is called evil and evil is called good. "

      AMEN~

      That day has surely arrived. Tebow is courageous and he can certainly use our prayers.

      James

      ps I will come over soon to see what you've been writing lately.

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      Michelle Dee 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      The Scriptures say that the day would come when good is called evil and evil is called good. The devil knows his time is short and he is raging in this world today. Thanks for this article. I wasn't sure of the complete story of Tim Tebow but after reading this hub I will pray for him too. He sure does have a lot of courage. I am now a fan of his.

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      James A Watkins 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      gracenotes— Hey! It is great to "see" you again. I will have to come by ASAP to see what you've been writing lately. Thank you evey much for visiting and for your gracious note. :-)

      There is a lot to unpack in Romans Chapter 1.

      You are absolutely right about the producers, directors, and cameramen during an NFL game having complete control of the shots on the sidelines. Interesting.

      I appreciate the good word and God Bless You!

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      James A Watkins 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      lone77star— How good it is to hear from you again, my friend. I hope all has been well for you. I made myself a note to come over and see what you've been writing about lately.

      I very much appreciate the compliments and encouragement from you. And you are most welcome, too.

      You made a great point about the "powers that be" and their plan for America. Religious faith is being openly ridiculed in my country more and more each day. I read yesterday that an atheist group has erected billboards that say:

      "Christianity: Sadistic God: useless Savior, 30,000+ versions of "Truth" promotes hate, calls it "Love."

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      James A Watkins 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      SirDent— Thank you for the link, my friend. I was not aware that this discussion was going on. I have been out of the loop lately. I hope all is well with you and yours. God Bless You!

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      gracenotes 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      James, the last paragraph of your hub says it all. Romans Chapter 1 writ large, I think.

      As for the Tebowing -- don't the producers, directors, and cameramen during an NFL game have complete control of the shots on the sidelines? You know, they don't have to show Tim bowing the knee in prayer and thanks. Very interesting, isn't it?

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      Rod Martin Jr 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      James, Sir Dent flagged this Hub on a "Tim Tebow scares me" forum. I'm glad he did. This is great stuff, man! Thank you.

      I think the Rockefellers and Rothschilds have long wanted to demonize the love of Christ. Their Corporate Party media outlets are feeding the thirsty American public their poisoned kool-aid, skewing things so that such love and spirituality is ridiculed openly.

      If you believe the media, Tim Tebow is the most hated. But I don't believe the media. Tim Tebow may well be the most well-loved, but that doesn't make it into the news.

      Keep up the good work!

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      SirDent 

      6 years ago

      I just linked this hub to a forum thread with the title, "Tim Tebow Scares Me."

      https://hubpages.com/forum/topic/101919

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      stupid_person— Thank you. Thank you very much.

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      stupid_person 

      7 years ago

      ?_? look of disapproval

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Lone Ranger- Done.

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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      You need not thank me, James, but if you would be willing to pray for my family and me, we would appreciate it. Thank you.

      God's speed to a good friend - L.R.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Lone Ranger--- You are most welcome but I am the one who should be thanking you. So, thank you!

      JAW

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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      Thanks, James, that did the trick!!! :0)

      God's blessings to you and yours - L.R.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Lone Ranger— I am forever grateful that you brought this to my attention. I had noticed it but thought it was a quirk in my computer. The problem has now been fixed.

      What I found after a short investigation is that I can Edit the Comments Box to only show 100 comments. Then a link appears to see the other 2000 if the viewer wishes too. I took my ten Hubs that had received the most comments and exercised this option. Now it and they load much faster. I might go do 20 more now.

      The only snag is that to make it show only 100 comments, it reverses the order of them, showing the latest comment first. That is a bit strange to me because after you write in the comment box and hit post, the comment you just made seems to disappear, because it has zoomed up the page.

      Anyway, had you not brought this to my attention, I would not have learned about this feature. Thank you!

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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      St. James, I have a quick observation that is unrelated to this Hub, but should serve as an F.Y.I. advisory.

      I haven't an answer for this, but did you know that six out of seven times that I have tried to access your Hub "Black Guys with White Girls" that my screen has frozen over and I have either had to navigate away from the page or shut down my computer?

      Just so you know, I have never experienced this anywhere else and I have tried it at various times of day and night to no avail. Any theories?

      Your friend and fan - L.R.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Lone Ranger— You are welcome! Thank you.

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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      Thanks, James, I appreciate the input!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Lone Ranger— My experience has been that HubPages censorship policy leans far to the Left. As you noted, you can call God any name you want but you cannot disapprove of homosexual behaviors or abortion or rampant promiscuity or point out statistics based on race that might hurt someon'e feelings. You can talk about Christians and white male heterosexuals anyway you want, with all vile language possible—Columbus was a genocidal maniac and all that. That is fine.

      By censorship I don't necessarily mean they will not allow your article but they will not put the usual ads on it which is the only way you—and HubPages—might make a few bucks from the article so they sort of unpromote it therefore, pretend its not there, which limits who might see it and read it.

      Anything not politically correct is deemed "offensive." Now, it is possible that these rules actually come from Google and that HubPages is just playing along.

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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      In your experience, James, what kind of Hubs do they censor. I noticed they did not have a problem with Earnest's vitriolic diatribe calling God a psychopath while lambasting the faithful.

      Do you think Hubpages really endorses free-speech or is it more of a talking point that isn't meant to be taken seriously?

      Now, I do not have a problem censoring pornography, violent language, and those who try to corrupt the minds of others through sex and drugs, but I would think almost everything else should be left on the table.

      Your thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. By the way, Facebook is a CIA database program meant to compile information on Americans using a chat-based, social forum to entice people to divulge pictures and all sorts of personal information about themselves and their associates. Do you think Hubpages could be used to compile knowledge and profiles about its participants in the same way?

      Best wishes and be well - L.R.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Lone Ranger— You wrote: "Best wishes to my friend, James, a gentleman, scholar and one helluva drummer!"

      Now we are talking! Thank you. I love that.

      My Author Score was always between 96 and 100 for two years straight until one dark day came when my by far best money-making Hub, "Black Guys with White Girls" was suddenly demonetized, meaning it was still published but my income from it vanished.

      My initial reaction was to protest vociferously and after my furious letter to the HubPages staff—this Hub had been bringing in money for me for 24 months in a row until that fateful day, I might add—my Author Score dropped that night by ten points and has never recovered.

      Coincidence? I think not.

      You ask a very important question:

      "do you think a guy like me will have any problems on Hubpages? What I mean is that I lean so far to the right I'm horizontal. Will Hubpages censor me or delete my posts?"

      Yes.

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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      You know, James, I was thinking about that just yesterday. Why hasn't James won a Hub Nugget and why is your score consistently in the high 80's?

      You see, there are many things in the universe that the Lone Ranger does not understand and these are two of them.

      The other thing I don't understand is why Hubpages will not let me begin my own Hub using my "Lone Ranger" hammer. They say it's already in use.......by me!

      I think if I did begin my own Hub I would have to come up with another name, but the problem with that is nobody would know that I defeated White Summer's best looking member, James A. Watkins, not to mention one of Hubpage's premier authors in a hotly contested yet friendly debate regarding Tim Tebow. It's like the Lone Ranger scaled Mt. Everest and reached its highest peak, but now I must start all over again somewhere down in the valley.

      By the way, do you think a guy like me will have any problems on Hubpages? What I mean is that I lean so far to the right I'm horizontal. Will Hubpages censor me or delete my posts? I thought you may have said something about leaving at one point in time because of that.

      At any rate I'm an action figure that did not come equiped with as much tact and social grace as the dynamic and dashing James Watkins model.

      I, however, excel at pissing people off, which is never my intent, unless one counts the time I got into it with Earnest and gladly exchanged some blows with him. I felt bad about it later, because he died one month to the day after we had our last heated exchange. I just will not tolerate certain things and calling God a "psychopath" is one of them. I felt strongly enough about it to tell him so. And so it goes.

      Best wishes to my friend, James, a gentleman, scholar and one helluva drummer!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Derdriu— You are welcome. I appreciate you pressing all those wonderful buttons for me. And I am thankful for the voted up, too.

      This is a story of courage and faith. I am so glad you enjoyed it. I am coming soon to read some of your Hubs. And I am looking forward to it. Your comments are always outstanding.Thank you for reading my work. :D

      James

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Lone Ranger— Well, let's see . . . I know! In your spare time you could read the rest of my 260 Hubs!! :-)

      Seriously, why don't you write some Hubs and I will come read them?

      The best I could hope for at this juncture is a draw. You are just too tough for me.

      I have never been nominated for a Hub Nugget, nonetheless won one. :(

      I am sorry to hear that things are not going well for you. I will pray for you right now.

      Faithfully Yours,

      JAW

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      Derdriu 

      7 years ago

      James A Watkins, What a careful, fascinating, inspiring portrayal of a gentleman of great achievement and faith! In particular, I found it riveting to read about the famed football player's origins in the Philippines and the facts of his birth which reflect the courage of his mother and the steadfastness of her faith.

      Thank you for sharing, voted up + all,

      Derdriu

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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      James:

      Am I to understand that you are conceding defeat?! If, so, what in blazes am I going to do with my spare time? James, you just can't leave me hangin here.

      No. I will not allow you to graciously bow-out. Surely, I can make a concession to keep this thing going. Just give me a little time and I will come up with something.

      At any rate, I feel I owe you an apology for misunderstanding where you were coming from.

      You said, "I do not think they won games because of his religiosity or his awesome play. I do think the team responded to his leadership."

      Now, if I agree with you on this point, where does that leave us? Will this, in any way, cause me to lose this friendly debate or invoke a draw?

      Sorry, James, I know I can be petty at times, but defeating you in friendly debate is better than earning a dozen Hub Nuggets! And, as things are going for me right now - I desperately need this victory. I hope that you can understand.

      Best wishes, be well, and behave - L.R.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Lone Ranger— Well, I stand corrected. Thank you for the rebuke. I apologize for the error of my ways. God Bless You and God Bless Tim Tebow!

      JAW

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      SimpleGiftsofLove— Thank you for the voted up, as well as hitting the "useful" and "interesting" buttons for me. I appreciate your gracious compliments. I am well pleased to make your acquaintance. Welcome to the HubPages Community!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Lone Ranger— There is no doubt you make many excellent points. The Denver Broncos went 1-4 without Tim Tebow as their starting quarterback and went 7-4 with him as the starter. Fair enough.

      You wrote: "You then attributed Denver's turn around to Tebow's awesome play and seemed to indicate that his religiosity was somehow the key."

      I did? I do not recall saying that. I do not think they won games because of his religiosity or his awesome play. I do think the team responded to his leadership.

      Thank you for your best wishes and blessings. :D

      JAW

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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      James:

      Forgive me, brother, but I have an overwhelming desire to "pile on". I thought, perhaps, that you would find it interesting, if not inspiring, to know that Denver amassed a 4-12 record in 2010. They improved themselves this year going 8-8 (an increase of four victories).

      I have noticed that some of the "faithful" think they see some kind of Godly code or sign because Tebow passed for 316 yards against Pittsburg a couple weeks ago. Of course we all know that John 3:16 is a famous Bible verse and one Tebow painted under his eyes while at the University of Florida, so we would be foolish not to see this as a sign from God.

      But, what is interesting is that Eli Manning, from the New York Giants, passed for 316 yards against the San Fransisco 49ers yesterday, helping the Giants to win 20-17 in overtime, while extending their winning streak to 5 games. I wonder if the faithful are thinking that Eli Manning has now become the chosen one?

      Even though the Broncos won 4 more games this year than last, let us not forget that the San Fransisco 49ers were 6-10 last year, but went 13-3 this year with a ROOKIE COACH! Now, for those of you who do not have the superior math skills that I possess, San Fransisco increased their total of wins from last year to this year by a whopping 7 games and if I failed to mention it, the 49ers also enjoyed an 8-game winning streak to boot. Sounds like we have only been fooling ourselves, because it's obvious God is a 49er's fan and their quarterback, Alex Smith, must be more blessed than Tebow.

      I am sure there are more comparisons I could make here, but I think the point has been driven home already.

      Christians are always looking for signs and wonders and tend to be a superstitious lot. There is no shred of evidence that God had anything to do with Denver's season or Tim Tebow's. As we have witnessed, there are many quarterbacks that are far superior than Tebow and there are many teams that are far superior than Denver.

      The point has also been made that there are teams that made even more spectacular turn-arounds than Denver did, but none of these players or teams received the media coverage or acclaim that Tim Tebow has. I wonder why?

      And this is my point: Tebow keeps himself in the lime-light, because that is the only way a sub-par, back-up quarterback can bring attention to himself and hope to get endorsements and book deals. So, many of the faithful believe that when Denver wins, Tebow is to be praised, but when they lose, well, something else must be the blame because Tebow is God's annointed.

      Best wishes and be well - L.R.

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      SimpleGiftsofLove 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Great hub about one of my favorite subjects! Glad to know that there are so many others on board. Up and useful and interesting and glad to know you!

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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      A very sleepy Lone Ranger (4:00 a.m.) has this to say before hitting the hay in response to your assertion, "I would say that based on their record in the last few YEARS maybe they've had a lousy team?"

      Well said, James, but you stated earlier in your rebuttal that Tebow was responsible for Denver's six-game winning streak and for turning the team around. I then asked you if he is likewise responsible for them losing the last 4 out of 5 games, hence your statement above.

      Please note that Denver began this season 1-4 without Tebow and ended the season 1-4 with Tebow. You correctly stated in an earlier post that Denver had the same team when they started the season 1-4 as they did during their 6-game winning streak, the only difference was Tebow didn't play in the first 5 games, but did during the six-game winning streak. You then attributed Denver's turn around to Tebow's awesome play and seemed to indicate that his religiosity was somehow the key.

      I am just trying to pin you down here, James, because if Tebow was responsible for their six-game winning streak, he must also be responsible for them losing their last 4 out of 5 games, especially when one considers that these are the same players that began the season 1-4, won six straight, and then lost the last 4 out of 5. Am I right or am I right?

      I am just trying to substantiate that God had nothing to do with Tebow mania. Denver started the season stinking and in the same manner they ended it - stinking!

      The only thing that changed Denver's fortune during their six-game winning streak, besides a great deal of luck, was changing their offensive game plan, playing weaker teams, and focussing on ball control and defensive play. Worked for awhile, but as soon as teams adjusted to Denver's new game plan, they shut Denver down and shut them down good!

      Best wishes, my friend, and God's blessings to you and yours - L.R.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Lone Ranger— You are quite welcome!

      You write: "having Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn is having next to nothing."

      I do not follow football these days. But my research indicates that Tim Tebow has revived a moribund franchise. He is the winningest quarterback they have had in some time.

      As I noted in my article:

      "The Denver Broncos have not posted a winning record in any season since 2006. In 2010, they lost 12 of 16 games. When the Broncos lost 4 of their first 5 in 2011, they brought Tim Tebow off the bench and named him their starting quarterback. Since then, Denver has won 7 of 8 games, including six in row as of this writing—many in miraculous fashion."

      How can this be "next to nothing?"

      You say, "Satan could also be an inspiring force behind Tebow's spiritual arrogance"

      But can someone who professes Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and Redeemer be satanic? I think Scripture refutes this argument soundly. Satan will never say "Jesus Christ is my Lord" until human time ends, yes?

      John said to Jesus, "Teacher, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he wasn't in our group."

      "Do not stop him," Jesus said. "No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me."

      Yes?

      You write: "You also seemed to contribute Denver's 6-game winning streak to Tebow"

      Not only do I but nearly every commentator and fan of the NFL does so. It is not just me by any means.

      You write: "in the end Denver lost their last 4 out of 5 games and were blown out more than twice."

      I would say that based on their record in the last few YEARS maybe they've had a lousy team?

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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      Hi, James, and thank you for your awesome commentary!!!

      Yes, Tebow has been named starting quarterback for 2012, but please don't think for one second that the Broncos are not trying to find a legitimate starter even as we speak. The Broncos are short at quarterback so having Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn is having next to nothing.

      The message that I was hoping to convey when I stated that Satan could also be an inspiring force behind Tebow's spiritual arrogance, is that it is altogether possible that turning off multitudes of people and bringing down collegiate legislation to curb other Christians in the future from doing far less than what Tebow has routinely flaunted, is not a positive development for Christianity and would, therefore, be a play right out of Santan's play book (the end justifying his satanic means). All it takes to destroy something good is for one "bad apple" to spoil the barrel.

      I know it may seem that I am attacking Tim Tebow, but what I am really trying to do is protect the Faithful in Christ and I believe it is Tebow who has willfully fled from the saintly reservation to the land of self-glorification and I fear his exploits will have negative blowback on Christ's church as a whole and could potentially curb Christian expression in the future.

      James, please keep in mind that a father and his sons were attempting to cast out demons in Jesus' name, as written in the New Testament, but they were doing it for their own glory and self-edification. Needless to say, things did not turn out well for them in the end. And, let us remember that Satan can do incredible damage to the faithful and to the church by posing as an angel of light. I just want the faithful to "test the spirits" and to look before leaping onto the love train. The faithful should be looking at whom Tebow serves, not Tebow himself, but the way Tim brings himself into the spot-light is impossible to ignore.

      What I meant when I said, ""the real miracle is that he received a multi-million dollar contract before even taking one snap from center", is that Tebow did not have to prove himself as an NFL quarterback. I know this is the way things are done in the NFL, but Tebow was a good quarterback on a great college team, but not all "great" college quarterbacks are successful in the NFL.

      Even though Tebow's style of play and weaknesses as an NFL quarterback are glaring, he could get away with this kind of play as a starting quarterback in college football, which is a different animal altogether. So, to be hailed as the "best college player ever" is only an opinion, and an opinion that should not be taken out of its immediate context.

      My friend, James, stated, "The day Tebow took over as the starting quarterback, the rest of the team—that went 1-4 without him—stayed the same. If you change one player out of 22 starters and go from one win in five tries to six wins in a row that one player obviously was a game changer for you."

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      Well, I don't know, James, it may seem that way but in the end it is just an assumption. It is possible that if Denver had placed Brady Quinn as starter after Orton left, they may have done better. My point is that we cannot know for sure.

      I would like to point out that placing Tebow at quarterback changed their offensive plan. It seemed that Denver became more defensive minded and Denver changed its offensive plan as well. Denver became the NFL's best running team, because that's all they could do was run. I think Denver took what they had and decided to play to their strength. It worked out well for awhile by taking teams by surprise, but in the end Denver lost their last 4 out of 5 games and were blown out more than twice.

      One should also take into consideration the teams Denver played against and their margin of victory during their six game winning streak. You also seemed to contribute Denver's 6-game winning streak to Tebow, but how do you justify this inlight of their 3-game losing streak to end the regular season and their lop-sided loss (45-10) to the New England Patriots? If Tebow is responsible for their victories, as you seem to espouse, is he not also responsible for them losing the last 4 out of 5 games?

      I am just trying to keep this whole thing in perspective. I want Christians everywhere to do well and to prosper in Christ, but I am also aware that many Christians are superstitious and get taken time and again by getting emotionally involved in a "feel good" story and end up getting burned in the end.

      My faith rests in the unshakable character of Christ, not on a football player doing things Christians really should not be doing, such as glorifying their bodies in underwear commercials and praying as the hypocrites do for all the world to see.

      Best wishes, be well and behave - L.R.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Lone Ranger— You wrote: "I think Tebow knows his glaring weaknesses as a player and so does his teammates as well as the entire league."

      Agreed.

      But when you added: "I do not think he will start in the NFL at quarterback again unless it is to replace an injured starter."

      He has already been named the 2012 starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

      You did ask a very good question: "Would John the Baptist, St. Paul or Jesus have striped down to their loin cloth to make a few bucks?"

      The answer is no.

      You are right that time will tell how genuine is his faith in Christ.

      You surely make good points. I appreciate you providing this balance to our perspective on Tim Tebow.

      Thanks again for your commentaries.

      JAW

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      MonetteforJack— Hello! It is great to hear from you again!

      I totally agree with you that "I would rather see people in prayer rather than doing sinful acts."

      Amen!

      As you said so well, "I am also awed that he and his family went to the part of the Philippines that is known as Muslim territory -- the radical ones. I, myself, born in the Philippines will never go there out of fear and great inconvenience . . ."

      What a testimony.

      We are in agreeance that "He and his family have great courage and great faith."

      Thank you so much for these gracious words. God Bless You!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      suzettenaples— No worries. Thank you and you are welcome. :-)

      James

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Lone Ranger— It is a distinct pleasure to hear back from you.

      I surely agree with you that Tim Tebow "ought to do it in such a way as to bring glory and honor to God, not himself"

      Amen!

      You wrote: "it is altogether possible that Satan is using Tebow's religious arrogance as a way to bring condemnation upon the Godly"

      I strongly disagree with this statement. I do not see anyway that Satan would want Tim Tebow to paint John 3:16 in his eye paint or do anything else he does. Methinks you have slipped off the reservation here.

      I don't watch much football anymore but I used to be a big fan. You write:

      "Tebow's success at the University of Florida had everything to do with his coaching staff and the awesome offensive and defensive players on that team. Now that he is playing in the NFL, he has to play against the best players in the world at their respective positions and Tim is showing that his success had little to do with his own personal talent"

      I think you have vastly overstated your case. Firstly, he is not the first college player to have played on a great team. And compared to the millions of young men who have ever played college football, the one young man named more than any other as the best to EVER play college football is Tim Tebow.

      You write: "the real miracle is that he received a multi-million dollar contract before even taking one snap from center."

      That is not true. Anubody hailed as one of the greatest college footbal players in the history of the world is going to get a huge contract. Not just Tim Tebow.

      You write: "Denver's initial success in winning 6 closely contested victories had to do with Denver's defense and running game, but had little to do with him. In fact, it could be argued that Tebow held them back"

      I respectfully rebut this as pure horse poop. The day Tebow took over as the starting quarterback, the rest of the team—that went 1-4 without him—stayed the same. If you change one player out of 22 starters and go from one win in five tries to six wins in a row that one player obviously was a game changer for you.

      I have no idea how long Tebow will play in the NFL. I think the average career is only three years. But I wish him the best. And I thank you for your thought-provoking comments.

      God Bless You!

      JAW

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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      I would like to say one last thing on this subject: I do not think Tebow is being modest by giving praise to his teammates while understating his own contribution to the team; rather, I think he is just being honest.

      I think Tebow knows his glaring weaknesses as a player and so does his teammates as well as the entire league. I do not think he will start in the NFL at quarterback again unless it is to replace an injured starter.

      Now, I like Tim's humble attitude, but when one is at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to talent and probably the worst player at his respective position in the NFL - perhaps we are mistaking a humble heart for an honest one.

      Of course I hate to see the violence, drugs, and other abusive behaviors exhibited by many professional athletes throughout the sport's world, so coming across a Tim Tebow is rather refreshing...to a point. And, it is on this point, that I believe he has crossed the line of good judgment and spiritual modesty and has entered into the realm of self-glorification.

      How else can one explain Tebow's chiseled body showing up in magazines modeling Jockey underwear? Would John the Baptist, St. Paul or Jesus have striped down to their loin cloth to make a few bucks? Of course not, so let us keep Tim Tebow in perspective and watch his actions as well as listen to his words.

      Now if Tebow had the words "Jesus Saves" written on the underwear he was modeling for Jockey, I could understand a little better, but what was being advertised: Tebow's chisled body, baby, and Jockey underwear.

      So, would Jesus or John the Baptist be showing their skin for mammon? Jesus lost His life so we could live and John the Baptist lost his head for speaking the truth, but Tebow lost his clothes for money!

      Again, I maintain that Tebow is advertising himself and his body in these underwear ads just like he is advertising himself as a super-righteous Christian while "striking the pose" for all to see like the hypocrites do. Matthew 6:5-6.

      Little by little ol' Tim is starting to let his hair down and it is becoming more obvious that he is a glutton for attention and his holier than thou attitude is his ticket to success. How else could a sub-par, back-up quarterback get financial endorsements and public acclaim. It's all about marketing my friends and time will tell how authentic his faith in God really is.

      Peace out - L.R.

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      MonetteforJack 

      7 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      Sir James, hello! I like Tebow, too. I would rather see people in prayer rather than doing sinful acts. I think Tebow is a good influence. I am also awed that he and his family went to the part of the Philippines that is known as Muslim territory -- the radical ones.I, myself, born in the Philippines will never go there out of fear and great inconvenience, including not understanding the dialect. He and his family have great courage and great faith. Awesome.

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      Suzette Walker 

      7 years ago from Taos, NM

      OK, thanks for the tutorial on Elway and Tebow's throwing arm. I wouldn't know - not my area of expertise - but I greatly admire Tebow.

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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      Brother James:

      It is always a treat talking with you and I consider it a high-light of my day!

      James, please understand I am not abdicating that Tebow keeps his religion to himself; what I am saying is that he ought to do it in such a way as to bring glory and honor to God, not himself. Tim has brought attention to himself and a good deal of it! His self-glorification has also brought a great deal of condemnation toward Christianity and this, I believe, is not something that a professed child of God ought to do.

      I think this happens when one is walking outside of God's directive as stated in Matthew 6:5-6 and I do not see where God has made allowances or changed His policy on the matter.

      Moreover, I would also like to point out that it is altogether possible that Satan is using Tebow's religious arrogance as a way to bring condemnation upon the Godly and thus create rules that will excessively hamper the public expression of the Christian faith in the years to come. We've already started to see this happening at the collegiate level as the result of Tebow's antics.

      I would also like to point out that if the Almighty was using Tim Tebow as a harbinger of light, it might help things a little better by giving Tebow some talent because if he is not the worst quarterback in football, he is a close runner up.

      Tebow's success at the University of Florida had everything to do with his coaching staff and the awesome offensive and defensive players on that team. Now that he is playing in the NFL, he has to play against the best players in the world at their respective positions and Tim is showing that his success had little to do with his own personal talent, but had more to do with the all-star cast that surrounded him at Florida. We are seeing just how lucky he was at Florida, because on his own, he is sub-par at best.

      I do not mean to sound overly critical, but the real miracle is that he received a multi-million dollar contract before even taking one snap from center. Again, Denver's initial success in winning 6 closely contested victories had to do with Denver's defense and running game, but had little to do with him. In fact, it could be argued that Tebow held them back because once the defenses started to stack the defenders at the line of scrimmage to stop the run, Tebow was forced to pass and his weakness as a quarterback meant that although Denver made the playoffs, they would not go far.

      As opposing defenses figured things out, Denver and Tebow lost their last 4 out of 5 games and in the playoffs were one and done (suffering a 45-10 beat-down by the New England Patriots).

      If there is a Christian moral to this story, I fail to see what it is. As I said before, I do not see the Almighty playing a role in the NFL. I see a bunch of Helenized men who seek athletic conquest and physical glorification as gladiators in the Roman Coliseums throughout the new Rome (America).

      I also see a player (Tebow) who is selling books, posing in underwear ads and doing whatever he can to promote himself albeit under the guise of Godliness. I think he knows his time in the NFL is winding down quickly, so he needs to market himself such that he can stay in the public eye and make more money selling books, shirts, and possibly even run for office.

      Best wishes and be well - L.R.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      S Leretseh— Thank you for your gracious compliments. I am well pleased to find a kindred spirit. I agree with your insightful remarks. I am grateful that you graced this Hub with your presence. God Bless You!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Alastar Packer— You are most welcome, my friend. The majority of Americans has strange standards for whom they choose to admire.

      Thank you for reading this story. I appreciate your fine comments. You said it all: "What an awesome young man."

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      suzettenaples— Thank you!!

      I appreciate your excellent comments. As you say, "there are people who hate Tebow, [because] he is successful and believes and trusts in God. So many people are "haters" and just can't stand it that a young kid (to me) could lead such a good life. They are jealous and regretful for their own lives."

      It is a common human trait to loath admitting that the path one has been going down has been the wrong path. From this comes the hippie saying "Anything that doesn't kill you it's good for you!" :-)

      It is far easier to tear down those who took the right road to begin with. Bad habits are easy to start; good habits are hard to develop. All habits are hard to break and the longer you have them, the harder it is to change.

      I admire Tim Tebow and wish him the best. I pray your nephew chooses his paths wisely.

      ps It is not true that Tebow is a better quarterback than John Elway. That will never be. He doesn't have Elway's gifts throwing the football by any means.

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      S Leretseh 

      7 years ago

      "It seems to me that maybe 20 years ago Tim Tebow would have been unanimously loved as a wonderful role model for America's youth. But Cultural Marxism has sunk its tentacles deep into American Culture."

      Very well said. America is a Christian country. It has always been a Christian country. Christians need to defend their cultural heritage in America and stick up for their core values. Great hub --oh, and a REAL Tebow fan

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      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      What an awesome young man. Thank you James for laying out his inspiring story here. Let the haters hate, scummy water sinks and the clear water flows on. Heard earlier a large group of haters plans to hiss him at tomorrows game; perhaps instead of praying they'd be happier if he lit up a crack pipe.

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      Suzette Walker 

      7 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great hub! Of course there are people who hate Tebow, he is successful and believes and trusts in God. So many people are "haters" and just can't stand it that a young kid (to me) could lead such a good life. They are jealous and regretful for their own lives. I like Tebow and wish him the best. I have heard (so I don't know if this is true) that John Elway can't stand him because Tebow is a better quarterback than Elway ever was.

      I wish Tebow the best. I have a nephew in college football right now and have urged him to see Tebow as a role model. He likes Tebow, so I hope this next generation of quarterbacks lead better lives than some past quarterbacks have. You go Tebow!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      afro's mistake— Yea. That is all I have. The original idea was, and I quote:

      'Poor mans copyright is a method of using registered dating by the postal service, a notary public or other highly trusted source to date intellectual property, thereby helping to establish that the material has been in one's possession since a particular time. The concept is based on the notion that, in the event that such intellectual property were to be misused by a third party, the poor-man's copyright would at least establish a legally recognized date of possession before any proof which a third party may possess.'

      End quote. By publishing a poem or article on HubPages, a definite date is established. Anyone using your work after that date obviously stole it from you, unless they can show that they published it before you did. This is not as good as hiring a copywrite lawyer but that costs money. :D

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Springboard— You are quite welcome, my friend. We still need to get together for that beer one of these days. Near Milwaukee, right?

      You said: "he IS a great human being and I think that's what defines a role model. . . . I guess if you're not stomping on someones face, sending dogs into a death match, beating up your girlfriend, or selling drugs you're just a bum who deserves nothing but chastisement and ridicule."

      Outstanding assessment!

      Tebow looked pretty good yesterday. :)

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      shuck72— You crystalized my point brilliantly: "Really good point that his faith makes him more despised than say an animal abuser like Michael Vick."

      Thank you!

      I appreciate the visit and your comments. I look forward to reading more of your Hubs soon. Welcome to the HubPages Community!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Lone Ranger— Well, you certainly make a good case against Tim Tebow. My understanding is that he has been acting the same way since high school when there were not millions of eyes on him but just people in the stands who might not have been able to see what he was doing from such a distance. So at that time, it was mostly just the other players who saw it: a man not ashamed of who he serves.

      Now as he later became famous, if he had stopped BECAUSE he became famous . . . if he changed his behavior and started being embarrassed to publicly honor God . . . if he had decided "I can't do this anymore because too many people will see me now" . . .

      The eyepaint I thought was great because of the result: millions of people scrambling to locate and dust off the old family Bible—WHO APPARENTLY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT JOHN 3:16 SAYS!!

      You are surely right about Matthew 6:5,6. In light of those verses, which I take to heart, it does cast a pall over Tebow's actions.

      Then again one does not hide a light under a bed.

      I think Tim Tebow IS giving God the glory. And the Christian public, used to Christians in public life keeping it to themselves so as to not be ridiculed and discriminated against—which is what is happening these days in America and Europe—are glad to see a man who is willing to take that heap of abuse for His Name's sake.

      I cannot say you haven't presented a powerful argument as to why he should keep his religious beliefs to himself. I am not completely sold that this is what God wants of him.

      Faithfully Yours,

      James

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      afro's mistake 

      7 years ago from dorothys kansas

      poor mans copyright? interesting

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      Springboard 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks for the compliments to you as well James. I think you have a very interesting way of driving home your points. Again, you infuse fact and opinion well.

      I think we can all agree Tim Tebow may not be a great football player, but he IS a great human being and I think that's what defines a role model. The fact that some people can't see past his religious conviction, as I said before, just puzzles me. I guess if you're not stomping on someones face, sending dogs into a death match, beating up your girlfriend, or selling drugs you're just a bum who deserves nothing but chastisement and ridicule.

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      shuck72 

      7 years ago from Seattle

      Really good point that his faith makes him more despised than say an animal abuser like Michael Vick. Points out a pretty major flaw in our society. Enjoyed reading your hub.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Bail Up! — Hello!

      I join you in wishing Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos much success. The have a mighty tough opponent coming in this weekend.

      I am sure having a daughter who is a Florida Gator doesn't sway your opinion at all. :D

      I very much enjoyed reading your excellent comments, which I agree with wholeheartedly. Thank you for coming by to visit my Hub.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      skye2day— Thank you!! Thank you very much! (Elvis has left the building.) :-)

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      liftandsoar— You are welcome. Yea, thank goodness they can't throw Tebow to the lions! :D

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. I appreciate it!

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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      No, James, I do not think praying in a restaurant is religious show-boating, per se, depending upon how it is done and what the motivation behind it is.

      However, kneeling down in the end-zone to "strike the pose" in front of millions of people should be considered a form of self-promotion and religious show-boating on a monumental scale.

      Writing "John 3:16" on one's eye-paint during football games so as to draw attention to oneself on television is another form of religious show-boating and self-promotion.

      My concern is that Tebow may be guilty of violating Matthew 6:5,6:

      (5) "And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. (6) But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you."

      In my eyes, Tebow has violated this directive and IS promoting himself as a "SUPER CHRISTIAN" and something similar to an "anointed one" with all the talk about why he shouldn't have been born, etc, etc.

      Please note that people aren't talking about God or giving Him the glory; they are talking about Tebow and giving him the glory. Tebow is in a position where he doesn't have to say anything about himself - his actions speak louder than words and the imagery is more than enough! The ball is already rolling so he doesn't need to expend much effort to keep it going.

      I believe Tebow has received his reward in full and his world is about to come crashing down. I just pray that Christians are keeping this issue in perspective and their focus on the Almighty where it should be and not on a little man with a football in his hand.

      Best wishes and be well - L.R.

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      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago

      Hi James, I just swung by to see where your writings have led you and I'm so glad I did. Tim Tebow is an example of excellence all the way around. Not that I'm biased because my daughter graduated from UF. Tebow has proven himself as a well rounded and decent human being with athletic skills and wisdom to match. He is a hero, haters will always be just that, I hope Tebow takes the Broncos to new levels and hopefully hushes the hating non believers.

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      skye2day 

      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Back at ya James, my bro in Christ. ( - ;

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      skye2day— Hello there Sister! You are welcome. What a pleasure it is to hear from you. I knew you were from out that way.

      I have not read Tim Tebow's book. But I'm glad you loved this Hub! :-)

      I surely agree with you that "Tim has great courage and gives all Glory to GOD the Father."

      Yes, indeed.

      I appreciate your prayers, love, hugs, and gracious compliments. Thank you for reading my work. God Bless You and Keep You.

      Love!

      James

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Storytellersrus— Yes, I can see that those rooting for their home team would be far less likely to bash one of their own players. I wish Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos a successful playoff game.

      I have heard that Tim Tebow shirts sell out fast. You say your son and Tebow are separated by a foot and a hundred pounds? :D

      I didn't mean to stereotype anybody. If I did, I apologize. Thank you for visiting and for the compliments. I appreciate the hugs! And you are most welcome.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Gypsy48— I totally agree with your comments and I thank you for the accolades.

      It is good to hear from you again. I'll have to come by and see what you've been writing lately. :)

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      thelyricwriter— I surely appreciate the "Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting." And I am grateful for your gracious compliments.

      I agree with your assessment of Tim Tebow as a man of fine character and he is already a wonderful role model. I do not know if he will be able to make it as an NFL quarterback. I hope he can.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Springboard— Thank you for the kind compliments. I am glad that enjoy my writings. I appreciate your readership. Your comments on this Hub are nothing short of extraordinary.

      As you say, "You're absolutely correct to point out the outright hate and vitriol launched at this guy. And for what? Because he believes in something? Because he's a role model? Because he actually gives a damn about human life?"

      You added: "There are SO MANY bad actors out there that, to me, to have a guy like Tim Tebow ought to be refreshing."

      Brilliant analysis!

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      Frank P. Crane 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      In the early days of Christianity they fed us to the lions. Now they just kill us with words and ridicule. Except they can't kill the spirit like they used kill the body. Thanks, Jim

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Nancy Owens— Welcome to the HubPages Community! I hope your two weeks with us has been a good experience. I will be by before long to see your first Hubs.

      I appreciate your comments. You said something very interesting:

      "Our online technology allows hate to spread much more quickly than was possible before these advances in technology."

      Yes, indeed.

      Thank you for reading my article. :-)

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      PurvisBobbi44— You are most welcome, my dear. Thank you very much for coming by to read it.

      I am grateful to humbly receive your gracious compliments. I will come over ASAP to see what you have been writing lately.

      God Bless You Bobbi!

      Faithfully Yours,

      James

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      afro's mistake— I do see it has been nine months since you have published anything on HubPages. I think if you end your Hub with the copywrite mark followed by your name and the date it will suffice at least as a "poor man's copywrite."

      I am glad you stop in now and then to check out some articles.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      kunynghame— Welcome to the HubPages Community! I look forward to reading some of your Hubs.

      I had not heard of Kirk Cousins until you educated me as to who he is. I just read a quick profile of him and had to smile when I saw he is from Holland, Michigan—just 44 miles north of my hometown of St Joseph.

      Thank you for telling me about Mr. Cousins. I appreciate the visit and your comments.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Lone Ranger— Although I am not completely certain of it, I would tend to agree with you, L.R., that God does not involve himself with football games.

      I do not think I declared Tim Tebow to be "God's Anointed One." And you are surely correct that there are tons of professional athletes who are Christians.

      I didn't think of what Tebow does to be "religious showboating." One rarely sees it these days but my men's group used to meet for breakfast and pray before the meal in a very crowded restaurant, which must have bewildered some folks. Is that showboating as well?

      You ask an interesting question: "Now that Tebow and the Denver Broncos have lost 3 straight games, are we to believe that the Almighty has withdrawn His support from the team?"

      I imagine if one were a Calvinist the answer might be "Yes"—at least for that period of time. Maybe Tebow was getting too big for his britches and God decided he needed to be humbled a bit. But for non-Calvinists the question itself would probably be thought ludicrious.

      From what little I have seen of Tebow, it appeared to me that he was giving the glory to God. I have not witnessed any "How Great I'm Art!" or "Praise be to me!" attitude out of him.

      But you are right that Tebow had better watch out because nothing would give those who follow the Evil One more happiness than to see him fall into scandal.

      Thank you for reading my article. I appreciate your remarks.

      JAW

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      skye2day 

      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      James Hello Brother. Loved your works on Tim. Being a denver girl it is awesome to stand with tebow. His book is very good. God is raising up His children in all arenas the Holy Spirit movement is on, big times. It is awesome that Tim is not afraid to say who HIS Savior is and where HIS strength comes from. Even those that bask HIS belief Tim keeps on. THe world will hate christians just as they hated Jesus Christ. We are so journers pilgrims and set apart. The world cna not handle it. Tim is truly is a GOD SENT. I believe many more Christians will rise up and shout to the world GOD IS IN CONTROL. HE rules and reighns. Tim has great courage and gives all Glory to GOD the Father. Truly beautiful indeed. Keep shining for Christ Tim!!

      I pray that the peace of God is multiplied in you many times over this new year bro. Love you James. In Christ. Hugs your way. GREAT read as always, thank you.

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      Barbara 

      7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Though I am a lefty, Tim Tebow is our man and the Broncos are our team. I am sad to learn of all this hatred, though I do not experience in Colorado where I live. Most folk just love a winner and will bash anyone who is not on their team, for whatever reason. I don't know why sports bring out the best and the worst in people, but I have observed this to be true.

      Tebow jerseys are hard to come by even in this state! I am on a waiting list for my son- should arrive any day. The Tebow t-shirts sold out immediately and I was lucky to get one of two remaining Mediums for my son's stocking. He is 23, liberal, and admires Tebow with a passion. Same age, for the most part, separated by a foot and a hundred pounds.

      Nicely written, though I continue to wish you wouldn't stereotype all us liberals so often! Hugs, my friend and thank you for your reads.

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      Gypsy48 

      7 years ago

      Excellent hub James. I think Tim is a wonderful young man with great values. There should be more like him. I wish the sports reporters would let up on him. He doesn't deserve all of the nasty comments. Awesome hub.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      James, this is a very well written article. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. I like Tebow. I love his character. I really believe that his character will get him far in life, whether it is football or something else. I am also a huge NFL fan and I love the story. I know he has had a downturn lately, but you can't take away what he has did. If he can practice throwing and on his accuracy, he would be a force. A true role model in this age and time, very hard to find such as him. Well done.

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      Springboard 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin

      The case of Tim Tebow has been perhaps one of the most puzzling things to me recently. You're absolutely correct to point out the outright hate and vitriol launched at this guy. And for what? Because he believes in something? Because he's a role model? Because he actually gives a damn about human life?

      There are SO MANY bad actors out there that, to me, to have a guy like Tim Tebow ought to be refreshing. People ought to be sighing in relief, "Finally." Instead we choose to hate.

      I'm sure you know from reading some of my hubs on the topic that I'm not exactly a God-fearing Christian. In fact, I'm closer to an atheist (but it's a bit more complicated than that, and I'll just leave it at that). But I can certainly appreciate, respect, and be ENCOURAGED by a guy like Tim Tebow, who is genuine to himself, the game, the team, and OTHERS. The term 'selfless man' comes readily to mind when I think of Tim Tebow.

      I think people should be embracing this guy. The fact that people are not makes me wonder exactly just what direction we're really headed as a people, and more importantly as a country. We don't have to all be Christians, but we can and should all at least be decent people who are conscious and respectful, and who honor people who do good and great things rather than hype up bad people who do nothing, and no good.

      Great article. I always enjoy the fact that you infuse opinion and facts.

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      Nancy Owens 

      7 years ago from USA

      I don't follow football except for the playoffs and Superbowl. I have heard only good things about him from the commentators (spelling? Yikes!) and on the news. I guess there are always critics to those who do good. Yes, I agree that if we were living in the 50s-70s many of these hate groups wouldn't exist.

      The old saying, "Misery loves company," seems to apply. Our online technology allows hate to spread much more quickly than was possible before these advances in technology.

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      PurvisBobbi44 

      7 years ago from Florida

      James,

      Thank you so much for writing the hub about Tim Tebow, you did a great job with the story and pictures. I just love him as a special person on this earth. I feel blessed to be able to watch him play football, with each game he is showing the world the strength of his convictions. I watch in wonder as be brings his team to win, and the players work with him as a unit.

      Thanks again,

      Bobbi

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      afro's mistake 

      7 years ago from dorothys kansas

      Haha i never had any interest in football either to be honest, just not much of a sports man i suppose :p but sorry if i dissapoint you if you try to see good hubs by me. I haven't written anything on here for almost a year now. i considered posting poetic writings and stories and such, but it's the internet so i figured i'd want a patent on a lot of them or something first. but i do like to log onto hubpages every once and a while and read something like this :) and good idea, maybe i will write my own hub about troy.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      sheila b.— I appreciate your blessings and best wishes. And I pray that Tim Tebow (and Justin Bieber) will have the strength to withstand the temptations of fame—which will be mostly loose women.

      You can bet that any believer in Jesus will be spiritually attacked by whatever the Devil sees as their weakest spot. How many Christians have I read about who became famous actors or celebrities or musicians that succumbed to the temptations of this world?

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      kunynghame 

      7 years ago from San Antonio, TX

      If you haven't heard about or read about him yet, another great man on the rise in the sports world is Kirk Cousins, the qb for Michigan State. There is a great youtube clip of his speech at a Big Ten luncheon before the season. I truly hope he does well at the next level, so we can add to the quality role models in the sports world. You should definitely take time to look him up and read about him.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      bruzzbuzz— Thank you for sharing that wonderful story of faith in action. I too applaud Tim Tebow for his giving of himself to people who are the most hurting among us.

      I sincerely appreciate this visit from you and I love your most excellent comments.

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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      Even though I have seen a lot of Christian intolerance directed at Tebow, I think I am on firm ground when I say that the Almighty is probably not involved in football or any other state-sanctioned leisure activity.

      This is to say that I do not believe the Almighty gives a Holy hoot which team wins or loses. And, before we all say that Tebow is God's Annointed One, let us not forget that many teams have Christian players on their rosters and these players meet together on the field before and after games for prayer. Are we then to think that they aren't as good as Tebow in God's Holy eyes?

      These nameless players, however, are not as blatant as Tim Tebow, and my only complaint toward Tebow, besides his sub-standard quarterback play, is his religious show-boating.

      Now that Tebow and the Denver Broncos have lost 3 straight games, are we now to believe that the Almighty has withdrawn His support from the team or perhaps the truth is that the Broncos never had it to begin with? Perhaps Denver's initial success with Tebow at the helm had more to do with Denver's awesome defense and running attack, but had very little to do with Tebow's athletic ability or his standing with the Almighty.

      On a pesonal note, I never feel comfortable when a person begins to take the glory and attention away from the one who deserves the glory and attention...namely, God. Tebow seems to be a religious glory-hound who loves to be in the lime-light and I believe relishes the idea of becoming the patron saint of the grid-iron.

      Having said that, Tim Tebow had better be careful because he has perched himself on a high pedestal and should he fall, he will fall a long way. This is why it is so important not to put our trust in any man or woman, but to place our trust and faith in the One who was yesterday, is today, and will be tomorrow.

      Best wishes - L.R.

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      sheila b. 

      7 years ago

      Happy New Year! And best wishes for all blessings to be yours.

      There's Tebow and there's Justin Bieber, both young, successful men aspiring to live good lives and hated by those who won't live well. I hope both are strong enough to withstand it.

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      bruzzbuzz 

      7 years ago from Texas , USA

      I saw a piece on ESPN about a kid fighting cancer and how Tim Tebow and his Christian values impact on him. Tebow met him through a tweet and has invited him to his game today. This kid says that people did not believe Tebow could make it and he did and that is how he lives his life. He said people do not believe he can win his fight and he says he will. Using God, he can do it. I applaud Tim Tebow for his outspoken Christian values.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      GusTheRedneck— Why howdy Gus! i haven't seen you around these parts in a while. It is good to hear from you.

      I appreciate the link to your Hub. I will come by soon to check it out. I don't think Tim Tebow invented what we call Tebowing. I guess he did popularize it.

      Thank you very much for the gracious compliments! Happy New Year!

      James :D

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Mr. Smith— You are quite welcome, kind sir. I will not forget your wise admonition. Thank you for visiting my Hub. I appreciate your remarks.

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      7 years ago from USA

      Howdy James - If I were a guessing sort, I would guess that your fine article has really touched a nerve and the sensibility of many. Great writeup here! I found you next to my own little thing about "Tebowing" here on HubPages. There is a nifty poem (not mine)in that hub that speaks to the fad as it might have started so very many years ago - even before Tim Tebow was born.

      https://hubpages.com/t/2c3ba7

      Happy New Year, buddy!

      Gus :-)))

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      ringlawncare— Welcome to the HubPages Community! I see you are a brand new member of our exclusive club. :D

      I really like the reminder you gave us that "The things he has accomplished in such a short amount of time" are truly remarkable. I think some of his critics must have forgotten the kid is a rookie in the NFL.

      I am glad you came over and read this piece. Thank you for the kind compliments. I look forward to checking out some of your Hubs.

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      Mr. Smith 

      7 years ago from California

      James, I hear a lot of Tebow bashing at work. Thanks for standing up for the innocent. Joining in the bashing and destruction is far easier for the world. Don't forget-- the road that leads to eternal life in the presence of God is a narrow one.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      afro's mistake— Hey! It is cool to hear from you again. It has been a while. I will have to come by and see what kind of Hubs you have been writing.

      You know, I am not really a football fan. I watched 3 games of Tebow's after I started reading all this stuff about him. Before that, I had hardly watched football in 20 years—maybe a few Super Bowls. I had not heard of Troy Palamalu until you mentioned him. I just went to read about him and it is quite a story. I wonder why you don't write a Hub about him?

      Anyway, thank you very much for coming by and leaving such a nice note. :D

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      C-Bless— Hello! You are quite welcome. Thank you for leaving such gracious compliments for me. I am encouraged and blessed by you. I appreciate this visitation.

      God Bless You! :-)

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      ringlawncare 

      7 years ago from Stillwater MN

      Ok I'm a man, well at least my wife tells me so. When I think of the word "Man", I actually think of this individual (Tebow). I am a huge! football fanatic. When I see this "Man" on the field doing what he loves to do with such drive, love & passion, I feel like a little boy! The things he has accomplished in such a short amount of time makes me believe I have a whole lot of growing up to do.

      I know people (so-called fans) have been judging his values that were bestowed upon him, and they try to fault him for that? Cmon, we all believe in something, I think he just believes more. Great Great HUB!

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      afro's mistake 

      7 years ago from dorothys kansas

      By far my favorite article of yours. Love it!! haha this makes me want to study or follow Tim tebow news myself. could you write a hub about "Troy palamalu"? i'd like to hear what you have to say about him also.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Lone Ranger— You are most welcome, L.R.

      May God Bless You and Yours in 2012. Happy New Year!!

      JAW :D

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      C-Bless 

      7 years ago

      G'day.James...you.wrote.a.fabulous.article..I'm.not.a.

      football.fan.but.you.make.me.want.to.learn.the.game..I'm

      encouraged.knowing.that.one.day,.every.knee.shall.bend

      just.like.Tim.Tebow..Thank.you.for.this.well-written.hub.

      Be.blessed

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      drpastorcarlotta— God Bless You, Doctor Pastor. You always brighten up my day when you come to visit and leave your words of encouragement.

      Thank you for being my friend and Sister in Christ. There is only one you.

      Merry Christmas!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      stars439— Hello Leon! God Bless You and Joann and Becky! I love you my brother.

      As you said so well "The good, kind, wonderful, intelligent, wise, and educated citizens with wonderful qualities in our world should be known. . . . We must always remember to acknowledge our good souls on this earth."

      AMEN!

      You have warmed the cockles of my heart with your gracious words. I humbly accept your laudations with a grateful heart. I sincerely appreciate your blessings.

      Merry Christmas!!!

      James

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      Lone Ranger 

      7 years ago

      James graciously said:

      "I surely appreciate your encouragement, best wishes, and blessings. God Bless You! And Merry Christmas."

      --------------

      Thank you, James, and I wish you the very best. I appreciate deeply all your prayers and blessings (in Christ's Holy name).

      Best wishes and God's blessings to you and yours. - L.R.

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