|Tuesday, December 13, 2011|
Is Tim Tebow for real?
Is he from another planet? If you cut him, would he bleed? Seriously.
He is becoming Rev. Billy Graham in shoulder pads.
He’ll run over you one minute and pray for you the next.
Just hours after the Titans botched an opportunity to post a signature win at LP Field Sunday, I was driving home and tuned into the final minutes of the Denver-Chicago game.
Down 10-0 with some five minutes left, Superman, uh, Tebow found another improbable way to rescue his team from the jaws of defeat.
With 2:08 left in regulation, here he was again. With all his mechanical flaws, with all the naysayers harrumphing that there was no way he could pull out this game.
After all, the Bears aren’t called the Monsters of the Midway for nothing. Surely Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who eats quarterbacks for breakfast, would put a knot on Tebow’s head the size of a grapefruit.
But, no. Tebow gets Denver to the outer limit of field goal range and kicker Matt Prater nukes a 59-yarder through the uprights with three seconds to spare. It forced overtime and the Broncos were still breathing.
After Chicago failed to score on its first possession, here came Tebow riding in on a white horse. This time Prater needed only 51 yards to decide the outcome. It was just another chapter added to Tebow’s legend, which is spreading around the NFL world like kudzu.
“If you believe, unbelievable things can sometimes be possible,’’ Tebow told reporters afterwards.
Can I get an Amen?
Adjectives fall short of describing what Tebow has done since his arrival in Denver. Doubters included his coach, John Fox, and Broncos executive vice-president of football operations and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway.
The 13-10 victory marked the sixth straight win for the Broncos. They have now won seven of their last eight and Tebow continues to defy odds. Sunday’s game was just another in a growing list of Mile High Miracles Tebow has been in the middle of.
He would humbly tell you it isn’t him. It’s all the players around him doing all they can do to make it possible.
It comes as no surprise that Tebow saves his best for last. He leads all NFL quarterbacks in total yards during the fourth quarter.
You can say Tebow is lucky. You can say it is divine intervention. And you would be wrong on both counts.
No one works harder than Tebow. And hard work tends to make people lucky. Divine intervention?
I don’t think for one second Tebow’s God cares one whit which team wins or loses a football game. In the meantime, Tebow’s public display of faith can be contagious.
When athletes talk about religion, it turns some people off. It inspires others to inquire more about their life after death. They could do worse than follow Tebow’s example of how to live their lives.
Tebow knows he has a lot to learn about playing his position in the NFL. It will be easier by virtue of his work ethic and a white-hot will to win.
I don’t know how long these theatrics can go on. Just enjoy what you have seen and draw your own conclusions.
It’s a Rocky Mountain high all right. Above all, believe it.
by Joe Biddle