Until We Get Religion Out Of Sports, There Will Be A Neverending Call For Tim Tebow In The NFL
Has there ever been a more Jerry Lewis word than "clavicle"? Hey doctor, I think I broke my CLAVicle ..." "Hey lady, my CLAAAA-VICLE!"
Anyway, Tony Romo broke his, and now the controls of the most valuable sports franchise on Earth are in the hands of Brandon Weeden. This makes a lot of people nervous, none moreso than the Governor of Texas, the honorable Greg Abbott.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 20, 2015
Tim Tebow to the Cowboys? Not likely. (UPDATE: The Cowboys have just traded for the Bills' Matt Cassel). The Philadelphia Eagles gave Tebow a shot this preseason, played him a lot, kept him all the way until the final cut, and then determined he can't play the position. This should be definitive, considering that, after Tebow left, the Eagles signed a QB off of waivers (Stephen Morris), then this week released him and signed journeyman QB Thad Lewis. Philly is going way out of their way not to bring Tebow back, and that says something.
But still, when any team is looking for a backup QB, Tebow's name always surfaces. Like above. But why?
The answer of course is religion. Tebow is on Gov. Abbott's mind because Gov. Abbott is a devout Christian. In case you don't recall, Abbott was Texas Attorney General in 2005 when he led arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court case defending a statue of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Texas State Capital.
He also blasted the recent Supreme Court ruling that allows same-sex marriages, and issued a vague directive in Texas promising to protect "people's religious beliefs" in the face of the decision.
So it's no wonder that Tebow is on his radar in a big way. Why else would he suggest that a quarterback who is certainly, totally out of chances in the NFL be brought in to lead the Cowboys? How is that name even circulating around on the top of his pointy head?
Because the Bible Belt cannot abandon their Glorious Son.
Until we get religion out of sports, Tebow will always be an option in some people's minds. And it will always be thus. The bitterness over a non-playing Tebow will stick with the ultra-religious like Sherman's March has stuck with Southerners, or dial telephones with people over 70, or Gallagher with lovers of plastic ponchos and mallets. You know who you are.
But the problem isn't only with Tebow. God is deeply ingrained in professional sport, from Jeremy Lin to Drew Brees to Broncos safety Brian Dawkins, who was quoted in 2013 thusly:
“In our Bible study sessions when my neck was pretty bad and I’m hurting, he along with our chaplain and (Broncos director of player development) Jerry Butler laid hands and prayed on me pretty good,” Dawkins said. “They brought snot and tears to my eyes and all that type of good stuff with prayer."
And Russell Wilson. Aaron Rodgers took a shot at Wilson on Sunday following the Packers' win over the Seahawks, noting Wilson's constant references to God when explaining his success. Rodgers told the press following the game: "I guess that God is a Packers' fan." Burn -- especially considering that Rodgers is a pretty serious Christian himself.
He just realizes that God doesn't watch the NFL, unless there is totally nothing else on. And when He does, God doesn't root for certain teams or players. He might check out the National Anthem, or gaze at His shimmering sunset just at the lip of the stadium during twilight game starts.
But God looks at religion in sports and sees that it is not good. Just treat people decently and avoid head injuries and make sure all of that pink October funding actually goes to charity, and He's good. Tim Tebow? God has bigger plans for him ... like maybe, Governor of Texas?
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