(Bonus points if you know the origin of that quote.)
Tim Tebow is coming to Montana; Kalispell, more specifically. He's the carrot for a Christian school fundraiser in March. He will speak of football, his life experiences and his faith. Given his obvious charm, he will no doubts enthrall the assembled donors. I've no problem with that.
But he is my quarterback, for good or ill. And I'm already tired and annoyed by the attacks against Tim Tebow the person hidden within complaints against his football skill. So lets get a few things clear, 'kay?
Tim Tebow is mostly what Christians aspire to be. He's also what many of us wish Christians in general would be. He is (as indicated) charming, humble, humorous, giving of himself, thankful, faithful, very hard working and committed. There are those who've asked many times and I ask the same question: What's not to like? He's a good man, who may or may not ever become a great NFL quarterback. American sensibilities have changed somewhat about what is a good man, and I think most would have been pleased if he had entered the news confab after the Pittsburgh game, muscular arms spread wide, screaming "Are you not entertained?" (Small points if you know that quote.)
There are those who absolutely must point out that "Tebow worships a magic sky fairy ~snicker~" Uhm, fine. I would ask this: Tebow doesn't deride you to accept his religion. Why would you deride him to accept yours?
Then there are those who want desperately to believe that Tim Tebow makes them feel bad. These are mostly the ones who just wish he would quit talking about his faith. I see no reason why he would or he should. It's still magical thinking. 'Tebow gives credit to his God but he should make that private because somehow it will be bad - while he wins games. Personally, I don't give a crap if he gives credit to his toilet bowl, as crazy as that would be. Tebow followed his path and he likes it, so others want to believe that he's looking down on them because their results weren't as stellar or what-have-you. That's mostly fear and jealousy. If you feel bad because Tebow wears his faith in the open, then I suggest you commit to your path as he has committed to his.
There are those already who suggest that Tim's Christian piety is an act, a hustle, a grift. Show what you know. Tim Tebow works his ass off, and people aren't as stupid as one would expect. If Tebow were running a hustle he would be exposed as simply as Ryan Leaf or as complexly as JaMarcus Russell. Tebow wins games. He competes. If he is running a hustle to give God the credit, then all power to him. I'm a Bronco fan. I like the Broncos winning games. And most high-profile wide receivers are grifters anyway ... (So what did happen to Randy Moss and Terrell Owens? ...)
I like Tim Tebow and look forward to seeing him after 7 months of working with John Elway. John Fox should be the Coach of the Year (though Jim Harbaugh likely has that won.) If Tebow wants to come to Montana to raise money for schooling then good on him. I truly don't care. His faith is part of what makes him an exciting draw to watch. For me, he is my quarterback. So, bring on New England.