Quarterback a proud evangelical Christian
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By Catholic Online
9/17/2010 (9 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
Rookie quarterback Tim Tebow with the Broncos is unapologetically Christian - and he's proud of it. The former University of Florida Gator is perhaps as well-known for his custom of inscribing Scripture chapters and verses under his eyes as he was for winning a Heisman Trophy. His religious stance has won him as many fans - as it has cost him others.
Tim Tebow filmed a Super Bowl TV ad for the Colorado Springs conservative ministry Focus on the Family. Tebow and his mother extolled family virtues and made references to her decision to give birth to him, her "miracle baby," rather than end her life-threatening pregnancy during her Christian mission overseas.
P>LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Tebow filmed a Super Bowl TV ad for the Colorado Springs conservative ministry Focus on the Family. Tebow and his mother extolled family virtues and made references to her decision to give birth to him, her "miracle baby," rather than end her life-threatening pregnancy during her Christian mission overseas.
Diehard Broncos fan Michelle Olson takes exception to Tebow's comments. "It's my personal opinion that if you don't have a uterus, you don't have a right to express an opinion about abortion," Olson says. "He's a big distraction and has done nothing to prove he's NFL material.
"If he wants to preach his values, he can do it at church and not at Mile High stadium," Olson says.
On the other hand, the large evangelical Christian community sees him as the perfect role model for sports-crazed children.
"We are excited he's here in town," Robin Gentry says, a 38-year-old mother of three from Centennial who identifies herself as an evangelical Christian.
"He's not afraid to talk about his faith or show people what he believes," Gentry said. "I like him as a person. I like his integrity."
Fan Ron Woitalewicz says he approves of Tebow. "His character, his work ethic and beliefs make him special," Woitalewicz said. "We're Catholic. People are excited about his devotion and faith. In an age of flamboyant NFL players, he's grounded. It's not all about him.
"There are other pro athletes out there who are like that," Woitalewicz said, "but he's just more open about it."
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