The college bowl season kicks off in New Orleans in just over a day. High school playoffs just wrapped up. NFL playoffs are just around the corner. No doubt, we are in the most dramatic point of the football season.
But this year, there's another big deal thanks to one player's faith and football. Football fans strolling Bourbon Street Thursday night may be here for the New Orleans Bowl, but the TVs in the bars and eateries along the street are often plastered with images of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
"Tim Tebow is one of the greatest stories in the league right now," said one football fan just before striking the pose that's been dubbed "Tebowing".
It's that pose, when Tebow drops to one knee and rests his head on a clinched fist that is attracting as much criticism and admiration as his play on the field. Tebow is open about his faith in God, but not everyone thinks it's a good mix with football.
"God is a Green Bay Packer fan. He doesn't care about the Broncos or Tebow," said another man in the French Quarter Thursday night, shortly after mocking Tebow by striking his pose.
Another man who takes his faith onto the playing field thinks Tebow is good for the NFL. "God is not picking winners and losers. He's not for one side of the other," said Coach J.T. Curtis. Coach Curtis passed the 500 win mark this year and won his 24th high school football state championship. He says Tebow's critics could be mistaking what the quarterback is doing when he prays. Curtis says it has nothing do to with winning. "He thanks God for the blessing of the gift that he has. And he thanks God for the opportunity to use it."
For a while, Tebow's jersey was a best seller for NFL merchandise. Coach Curtis says if Tebow begins losing games, perhaps the attention will falter but the young quarterback's faith won't.
Tebow Inspires Debate Over Football And Faith
We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more about the new features.
The Baltimore Sun encourages civil dialogue related to our stories; you must register and log-in to our site in order to participate. We reserve the right to remove any user and to delete comments that violate our Terms of Service. By commenting, you agree to these terms. Please flag inappropriate comments.