One of the biggest surprises of the current National Football League season is the success of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Ever since the Heismann Trophy winner became the starter this year, the Broncos have lost only one game. What makes Tim’s success even more amazing is his statistics haven’t been that impressive for an NFL quarterback. Yet the Broncos have pulled off a string of last minute comebacks. Unfortunately for me, one of those wins had to be against my favorite team (the Minnesota Vikings).
People have debated if God involves Himself in the outcome of sporting events. One thing to keep in mind is when two teams are playing, there are usually Christians praying on both sides of the ball. Still only one team can win.
Nonetheless, I believe the Lord will bless athletes who give Him the glory and aren’t ashamed to praise His name in public. In January 2000, Kurt Warner put “first things first” and thanked Jesus on national television after leading the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl victory and receiving the MVP award. A few years before that, the late Reggie White not only won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers but also claimed God miraculously healed him from various injuries he suffered on the field. While not as vocal about his Christian faith as the players previously mentioned, Aaron Rodgers is statistically having the best season among all NFL quarterbacks this year while leading the Packers to what may become a rare undefeated season.
Due to Tim Tebow’s habit of getting down on one knee and praying during a game, “tebowing” has become a neologism to describe someone kneeling and praying. While many NFL players often make headlines for negative behavior both on and off the field, it’s refreshing to see an athlete becoming famous for honoring God.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” - Philippians 4:13