Article first published as Tim Tebows’ Faith Makes Him Target of Secular Media on Technorati.
Tim Tebow bugs the sports media elite.
He annoys former NFL players and even people in his own organization.
Theyâ€™re not sure about his ability to be a starting quarterback in the NFL but thatâ€™s not why they are almost openly rooting for him to fail.
The reason, in my estimation, is Tebowâ€™s unyielding faith.
Tebow is very public about his Christianity and the fact that he puts God above all else. Heâ€™s been a very public supporter of the pro-life cause and heâ€™s not shy to always thank Jesus in a post-game interview.
This blind faith makes some uncomfortable. This is especially true for some former players and even a former Bronco quarterback, Jake Plummer.
In an interview with a Phoenix radio station, Plummer said this of Tebow:
â€œ”I think he’s a winner and I respect that about him,” Plummer said in an interview on XTRA Sports 910. “I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ, then I think I’ll like him a little better. I don’t hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff.”
Plummerâ€™s statement, while incredibly stupid and petty, I think accurately captures a below-the-surface discomfort the secular world of media and professional sports has with Tebow the Christian. This bleeds over into the discussion about his ability. Yes, heâ€™s not a stereotypical NFL quarterback and the jury is still out on how long heâ€™ll last as a starter. Yet despite the legitimate questions, the mediaâ€™s fascination with his perceived â€œeventualâ€ failure strikes me as odd.
Plummerâ€™s comments should be immediately dismissed. Plummer, who was an overall bust as an NFL quarterback, was charged in 1997 with felony sexual abuse when he alledgedly fondled three women in a bar and then kicked one after she refused his advances. Plummer eventually struck a plea bargain was handed two years probation as a punishment. Obviously, Plummer doesnâ€™t lead a straight life like Tebow and it appears the success, and his faith, are too much for Plummer to deal with.
In addition to Plummer, Broncos Hall of Famer, and current club President, John Elway has also been surprisingly critical. This continued desire to see Tebow fail is palpable and the reason seems to be related to his faith.
Despite this constant barrage, Tebow continues to take the high road and respond according to his personal belief.
â€œ”I don’t try to focus on anything that doesn’t affect me personally and how I go out there every single day. I’m just going to continue to work hard and focus on what I can control,â€ Tebow told ESPN.
That type of answer to these attacks on his character, and athletic ability, will only drive his detractors more crazy. Itâ€™s his unfailing belief in his religion thatâ€™s driving the secular folks crazy.
Itâ€™s terribly unfair and runs against what this nation stands for – freedom of speech and freedom to worship how you see fit. The world of sports has done a good job, usually, of steering clear from religion. Tebow makes them talk about because he talks about his faith constantly. Why would that annoy anyone. If he was talking about his money and cars, everyone would laugh and move on.
Tim Tebowâ€™s star is bright but the mainstream media machine wonâ€™t allow it to continue. As soon as he has any adversity, theyâ€™ll be there to crush the â€œJesus freakâ€ and to malign his ability.
Knowing Tebow, that wonâ€™t bother him. Heâ€™s answering to a higher power and what the media, former players, and those people threatened by his faith, wonâ€™t get to him.
Perhaps thatâ€™s why they hate him so much. They canâ€™t control him and that eats at them.
As a life-long San Diego Chargers fan, I canâ€™t root for the Broncos this Sunday when Tebow makes his sixth start against my hometown team. In fact, I hope he loses.
Despite that, I canâ€™t help but root for a man who sticks to his principles and doesnâ€™t care if the media machine is out to get him.
Tebow is unshakable and that sits just fine with me.