Throughout the past couple of years there has been a lot of talk about the presence of god, and religion in sports. Recently this issue has come to the forefront, with the incredible play of a devout Christian, Tim Tebow (Quarterback for the Denver Broncos). Over the past 6 weeks Tebow has lead his team to a remarkable turnaround, and placed them in the driver seat to win their division and make the playoffs. On the surface, this just seems like another feel good story. A collegiate standout gets overlooked by a lot of analysts and teams, but with copious amounts of hard work and dedication he overcomes the odds and instantly becomes and NFL star. The problem is that this specific case is different, and there has been endless amounts of conversation regarding how this is happening. In case you have not been following Tebow over the past 6 weeks let me give you a quick recap of what has transpired. Tebow has brought his team from behind week after week in the 4th quarter and led them to victory. Over the first 3 quarters of each of the games Tebow has struggled mightily, but in the 4th quarter when the game is on the line Tebow has made a complete 180. He has been nothing short of spectacular and this spectacular play, and truly unbelievable comebacks have raised many questions about the place in religion in sports. As I mentioned earlier Tebow is a devout Christian, and has credited his faith and the lord for a lot of his success. Since he was a college standout Tebow has always openly prayed during games, and thanked the lord numerous times in his post game speeches. Because of Tebow’s incredible success in the NFL this issue of weather or not religion has a place in professional sports has come to the forefront. On Saturday December 10th,Frank Bruni published an article in the New York Times titled “Time Tebow’s Gospel of Optimism”. The article starts off by saying “CAN God take credit for the victories of a thick-set N.F.L. quarterback who scrambles in a weirdly jittery fashion, throws one of the ugliest balls in the game, completes fewer than half of his passes and has somehow won six of his team’s last seven games?”(New York Times). The rest of the article bounces back and forth between Tebow’s football abilities and his faith, and Bruni touches on the exact issue that I raise today. To read the complete article click on this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/11/opinion/sunday/bruni-tim-tebows-gospel-of-optimism.html?_r=3&scp=1&sq=Tebow&st=cse
Throughout history religion has always been in the forefront of controversy when dealing with politics. Recently the question of religion has made its way to a multi billion-dollar entertainment industry, professional sports. So next time Tim Tebow, or our own Denard Robinson scores a touchdown and immediately drops to one knee to pray what will be going through your mind?