By Tim Wildmon
This will be my second and last column on Tim Tebow. At least until next season. You probably heard some about Tebow throwing for 316 yards in the playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers a couple of weeks back. Of course, Tebow has said before that John 3:16 is his favorite Bible verse. It reads: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Well, CBS Sports reported some other statistics from the game that were amazing as well. As it turns out Tebow completed 10 passes which means he averaged 31.6 yards per pass. His final pass was to Demaryius Thomas, who just happens to have been born on Christmas Day. The Steelers v. Broncos game was the most watched wild-card game since 1988. In the final quarter hour, the overnight rating was 3.16. And as it turns out, the lone interception thrown in the game came from Ben Roethlisberger. What down and distance were involved when he threw it? Third and 16, of course.
After watching the next playoff game matching the Broncos against the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, I texted to my friends: Tim Tebow is God’s servant. Tom Brady is God’s quarterback.
Mr. Brady, as Tebow called the future hall of famer, is without question right now a top five quarterback in the history of the NFL, and he still has a few years left. Truth be told he got tired of all the hype about Tebow for the week leading up to that game, and (like he needed any extra incentive) decided to show the world why it was Brady they should have been talking about, not Tebow.
Brady is amazing.
Speaking of Tebow again, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Denver quarterback suffered his first significant injuries of his NFL career at the start of the third quarter of the 45-10 loss at New England in the AFC divisional playoffs.
Schefter reports Tebow tore cartilage on his first rib where it attaches to his sternum, bruised his lung and had fluid buildup in his pleural cavity. He finished the game and he is expected to be able to begin the offseason training program on time.
Bill Williamson of ESPN had this to say: “He proved his toughness: This, no doubt, reaffirms his teammate’s faith in Tebow. For him not to leave a lopsided game (Denver was trailing 35-7 at the time of Tebow’s injury), likely bought him a lot of respect in the locker room. Tebow has always had the respect of his teammates for his work ethic, his passion and his reckless style of play.
“But staying in a game after suffering a significant injury takes it to a different level. Tebow could have easily packed in it, but he refused to leave the game with the injury and in wicked, cold conditions. It’s another sign to Denver’s players that Tebow is totally sold out for the team.”
Speaking of NFL quarterbacks, as impressive as Brady’s performance was, it was equaled by the play of former Ole Miss favorite Eli Manning in the New York Giants’ upset of the almost undefeated Green Bay Packers. If he keeps it up, it may not be long before we start referring to Peyton Manning as “Eli’s older brother,” instead of the other way around.
Community columnist Tim Wildmon is a Lee County resident. He is president of the American Family Association, but the column represents his personal opinion unless otherw