It’s a study in contrasts.
Compared with coverage of other players taking a knee for political reasons, the media scorned Tim Tebow during his time in the NFL for his public professions of faith.
But when Tebow took the field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium the crowd roared in approval when he said these 10 words.
“I want to thank my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ,” Tebow said, to the approval of tens of thousands in the sellout crowd.
Former Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow was being honored by the University of Florida Gators as his name was added in the UF Ring of Honor.
The Orlando Sentinel reports:
Fans stood and shouted his name in unison: “Te-bow! Te-bow!”
Highlights of his four years in a Gator jersey flashed on the jumbotron in the south end zone. Cheers filled the air as the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner took a microphone and addressed the sellout crowd.
“First and foremost, I want to thank my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. I want to thank my mom and dad for making me a Gator on Day 1,” he said. “I want to thank all of my teammates and coaches who love me and had my back through everything, through thick and thin. I love you guys. And I want to thank Gator nation. I love you guys. Thank you.”
During his time in the NFL, the media frequently criticized Tebow for his public professions of faith.
Tebow was frequently derided in the press as “an outspoken Christian.”
The media would’ve preferred he kept such views to himself.
It’s quite a contrast when compared to the media’s fawning coverage of athletes comparing pigs to police.
Who would you rather have your kids looking up to as a role model?