Feature: The Gridiron Grind

Tim Tebows' Faith Makes Him Target of Secular Media

Author: Scott Gulbransen
Published: November 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Tim Tebow bugs the sports media elite.

He annoys former NFL players and even people in his own organization.

They’re not sure about his ability to be a starting quarterback in the NFL but that’s not why they are almost openly rooting for him to fail.

The reason, in my estimation, is Tebow’s unyielding faith.

Tebow is very public about his Christianity and the fact that he puts God above all else. He’s been a very public supporter of the pro-life cause and he’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:

“"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."

Plummer’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, he’s not a stereotypical NFL quarterback and the jury is still out on how long he’ll last as a starter. Yet despite the legitimate questions, the media’s fascination with his perceived “eventual” failure strikes me as odd.

Plummer’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 doesn’t lead a straight life like Tebow and it appears the success, and his faith, are too much for Plummer to deal with.

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Article Author: Scott Gulbransen

Scott Gulbransen is the Director of Social Media at tax giant H&R Block and is an avid blogger. He is the co-founder and a contributor at Every Other Thursday, a Dad's blog, and and also writes about social media, business and public relations at ScottGulbransen.com. …

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