Tebow Causes Controversy in Teens

April 19, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Hutch News Project

Jan. 2012

BY: CALEB HENDRICKS

Some have dreamed of being the next Tom Brady, LeBron James or even Tiger Woods.

However, times have turned.It’s Tebow-Time.

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has been the biggest story in the NFL since he took over for Kyle Orton in the second half of the Broncos game against the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 9.

“Has an NFL crowd ever departed a stadium this pleased after seeing the home team fall to 1-4? That’s the power of Tebow.” Bill Williamson of ESPN said after the Broncos 29-14 loss.
Tebow may not be the greatest quarterback to play the game statistically, but he gets wins. His 8-5 record as a starter this year proved it.

“He represents the game of football the way it should be presented.” Tebow’s former college coach Urban Meyer said to NFL Network.

Even though some critics think Tebow’s religion draws unnecessary attention, Tebow takes pride in his beliefs.

Chap Clark of Seattle Fuller Theological Seminary said, “At what point are we saying to somebody, ‘You’re not a part of this God that I have,’ a we/they kind of attitude,” Clark said. “That’s when it’s over the line. I do not think he’s over the line.”

How Tim Tebow has shown his spirit has impacted many teens both negatively and positively. For example, students have been suspended from schools for “Tebowing” which  means to get on one knee and pray – something Tebow does during many of his football games.
Meanwhile, a 13-year-old was inspired to fight his cancer because he wanted strength like Tebow.

Tebow has even caused controversy in Sterling High School.

Some of the feedback has been negative.

“He’s given credit for his Christianity when other athletes do it too, just not in front of the cameras,” senior Alex Burgess said.

“He’s getting all of the credit for everything when there are 21 other guys on the field,” senior Scott Cain said.

Others, however, support Tebow’s open faith.

“I like how he plays for someone bigger than him and not just for himself,” senior Chad Bennett said.

 “I can see his faith played out in all aspects of his life, not just in front of the cameras. Jesus calls us to proclaim Him regardless of the persecution and ridicule we might receive and Tim does this, and he continued to give the credit to his team and Jesus Christ,” junior Lydia Lambert said.

With Tim Tebow’s season coming to a close after the 42-10 loss against  the Patriots, his impact on the field and fans is far from over.
 


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