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Religion: Tim Tebow angers fellow NFL recruits with prayer request

Tim Tebow, darling of the Christian right
Tim Tebow, darling of the Christian right(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Religion: Tim Tebow angers fellow NFL recruits with prayer request. Tim Tebow, one time Heisman trophy winner and poster boy for in your face Christianity, was told to "shut the f--k up" by fellow NFL recruits after making a request for prayer before taking the Wonderlic standardized test.

Tebow, and other prospects for the National Football League (NFL), are being readied for the NFL draft. Part of this process is participating in the Scouting Combine. Part of participating in the Scouting Combine is taking a standardized intelligence test used by potential employers, including the NFL.

According to NBC sports:

At the Scouting Combine, the Wonderlic exam is administered to players in groups. The 12-minute test is preceded by some brief instructions and comments from the person administering the test.

Per a league source, after the person administering the test to Tebow's group had finished, Tebow made a request that the players bow their heads in prayer before taking the 50-question exam.

Said one of the other players in response: "Shut the f--k up." Others players in the room then laughed.

Tebow is no stranger to controversy. As a college football player he was notorious for wearing his religion on his sleave, and on his face. Tebow's trademark game-day look is black under-eye make-up high-lighting various Bible verses. Wearing Bible verses under his eyes naturally endeared Tebow to certain Christians, while many others found the behavior an obnoxious and gratuitous display of Christian Imperialism.

While cursing at Tebow is not the most diplomatic approach, one can easily understand the player's annoyance and frustration with Tebow's insensitive and presumptuous request. Tebow is not alone in his insensitivity and presumption. Tebow's behavior is but one of countless examples of an obnoxious and toxic Christian arrogance that permeates our society.

Indeed, leaving out the direct insult to all non-Christians, Tebow's behavior insults many true Christians who happen to take their faith seriously, and have little use for hucksters and showmen like Tebow and his evangelical family.

Meanwhile, here in Oregon, the University of Oregon's football team continues to be plagued by reports of criminal behavior by various team members.

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  • BienVenudo 4 years ago

    I agree. Never let these famous Christians parade their cracker jack religion around to corrupt our young people. He should play football and shut the hell up. If they don't shut up we should force them to shut up, and if they practice their damned religion in public they should be fired.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    God loves you and I love you

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    alright i just wanna say people who get offened by that are arrogant. asking people to pray isn't forcing God on anybody. it is asking God for help and to look over them. prayer is one of the best ways to evangelize and telling someone to shut the f up just shows the morals of people now a days. people are arrogant, pompous, jack asses. also it is Jesus that told us to make disciples of all men

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    Unapologeticaboutthetruth 2 years ago

    Why are Christians so suprised when the non-believers act like rabid animals towards anything that has to do with God. When scripture gives you the answer. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:7, 8 ESV) when you tell the non-believer Jesus loves you, (by the way that's not the gospel) it annoys them and they hate it and don't understand it. There has to be a radical transformation in that person heart that only God can provide. Repent and believe is how the Saints p

  • Gator 4 years ago

    Someone's a Jew

  • Henderson 4 years ago

    Wow, a request for prayer is certainly a polarizing event. If Tebow is wrong to make the request it's no skin off anyone's nose--if Tebow is right then it is worth the possible ridicule he received. Why would something so simple create so much anger?

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    Unapologeticaboutthetruth 2 years ago

    I know I am a year late to answer your question. Here it goes For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:7, 8 ESV) as it is written:

    "None is righteous, no, not one;

    no one understands;

    no one seeks for God. (Romans 3:10, 11 ESV)

  • florida frankie 4 years ago

    I'm interested in knowing who the jerk is who said "shut the f.. up"and those who chimed in with mocking laughter. What were there names? insolent cowards and intolerant bigots. I say let Tebow speak. If there's nothing to it then what's it to you or anyone else whether he speaks his mind or not. My guess is he's helped many more people in this world than Mr. "shut the f.. up".

  • Walt 4 years ago

    Tebow was an ass to presume everyone in that room wanted to give a shout out to Jesus.

    Not everyone believes in the magic man in the sky.

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    Unapologeticaboutthetruth 2 years ago

    By your statement proves that you are historically ignorant. Jesus did exist, outside the holy scripture there was a historian in 37 a.d to 100 a.d by the name of Titus flavius Josephus that testified of Jesus existance. By the way Josephus was not a Christian.

  • Marcus 4 years ago

    Isn't it sort of rude to ask a room full of strangers to pray with you?
    Answer: Yes, it is rude, and obnoxious, no matter who you are. If Tebow needs to pray before he takes a test he should just do it - why make a public spectacle of himself?

  • Dancin' Dan the Elephant Man 4 years ago

    Doncha just luv it when these atheist slander merchants call somebody else rude? Like suggesting prayer is some kind of crime. You people ever hear of the 1st amendment? It's that Bill of Rights thing you never learned about in public school because you were distracted by the friggin' rain forest and gay rights and composting. Let me help you out:

    1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

    When you seek to abridge others' rights you violate our social contract. In essence you violate the law. Do you even care?

  • Gary - Newark Religion & Social Issues Examine 4 years ago

    I am deeply offended by Gator's bigoted remark.

    As for Tebow, he is there as a football player, not a minister. If he feels the need to lead public prayer, perhaps he should give up football and become a minister.

    I have nothing against silent prayer, especially when feels the need to pray.

    I do have something against those who presume to know who I should pray to, when I should pray, and then take it upon themselves to lead prayers. I am fully capable of handling my personal relationship with my creator without their sanctimonious help.

  • Wendy 4 years ago

    Hey Dancin Dan,
    just because you have freedom of religion does not give you a right to be obnoxious to a room full of strangers, and if you are obnoxious to a room full of strangers people should call you out on it.
    If Tebow asked a room full of strangers to get down on their knees and worship Allah you would be all up in arms.
    What a hypocrite.

  • anonymous 2 years ago

    the guys who said shut the f-ck up to a room of people dont have the right to be obnoxious either

  • Not a Christian 4 years ago

    This article is so biased and offensive.
    -"Christian Imperialism?"
    -"Tebow's behavior is but one of countless examples of an obnoxious and toxic Christian arrogance that permeates our society."

    This article is not about Tebow. The writer just jumped on the opportunity to bash Christians.

  • Not a Christian 4 years ago

    "Christian Imperialism" - Yes, that is a perfect description. Some Christians, like Tebow, are so arrogant, they think everybody should take a knee and worship their invisible sky monkey.
    If I would have been in that room I would not have said "shut the f... up" because I am too polite. But I would have been happy someone else did, and I would have laughed, because it would have been funny.

  • ... 2 years ago

    invisible sky monkey??????really???????and you think your too polite eh?

  • Rogue Examiner 4 years ago

    What sort of geek asks a room full of strangers to pray with him? Major party foul dude. Keep that crap to yourself. Don't be getting into other folks business with your religion.
    Doesn't everybody know that kind of stuff is rude? Not everyone is a Christian, or wants to pray with some stranger.

  • THE_RICK 4 years ago

    after all that prayer Tebow still only gets a 14/50 on the test. Must have been JC's day off.

  • john 4 years ago

    bout time someone told tebow to shut the f**k up.

  • Christian 4 years ago

    May God forgive such ignorance.

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    Unapologeticaboutthetruth 2 years ago

    Combination of both ignorance and depravity. Jesus said "NO ONE CAN COME to him unless given by the Father"

  • samwise 4 years ago

    ha ha - that is funny! they should tell him to "shut the f*&^ up" - what a toad

  • Jay 4 years ago

    I think this story is funny, but I doubt it really happened. Didn't Mike Florio also report Terry Bradshaw was dead? There are a lot of bible-thumpers and prayers in the NFL. They have prayer circles before and after every game and during injury timeouts. I doubt anyone tells Ray Lewis to shut the f up when he wants to lead a prayer.

  • ron 2 years ago

    ray lewis is a criminal

  • grid 4 years ago

    He requested to bow heads in prayer. That is a request, and it can be for any religion. The attack on Christianity is what's obnoxious. When did atheism become an anti-religion religion?
    BTW, I'm an agnostic Jew.

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    Unapologeticaboutthetruth 2 years ago

    Since the Truth has always been under attack. It's nothing new under the sun. As a Jew you should well know this, majority of Israel has always regected God as their ruler, they went of to worship pagan false dieties and even asked God for a man ruler over them and thats how they got King Saul. Now man Regect the true King of King Jesus, The one that one day EVERY KNEE will bow before. Repent and Believe for the time is at hand.

  • Nacreous 4 years ago

    It's about time someone told that pompous ass to shut his pie hole.

  • Carole 4 years ago

    What a bunch of total asses. I wonder what would have been said if Tebow said, "let's smoke a joint before the test" or "did everyone take their steroids, today? I guess it has become PC to bash anyone who has a belief. Most of them probably should pray before a test, because they won't have the coach's assistants giving them the answers during the test. Bravo to you, Tim. Don't let these idiots get to you. Dumb and ignorant can be educated, but stupid is permanent, BienVenudo, which are you?

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    Unapologeticaboutthetruth 2 years ago

    It's called Depravity. They know in their heart God exist, but they tell themselves that he does not. Psalm 14:1
    The fool says in his heart "There is no God" hatred towards God is nothing new. It has always been the same from the beginning.

  • Ludd 4 years ago

    @Carole - Shut the f*( k up.

  • RANDY 4 years ago

    THE BIBLE SAYS AT THE END OF TIME IT WILL BE HARD TO FIND ANYONE THAT WILL STAND UP AND CLAIM TO BE A CHRISTIAN. LOOKS LIKE A LOT OF YOU ARE PROVING THE BIBLE CORRECT AGAIN...............

  • John 4 years ago

    Seems like many folks including the writer forgot that this country was built by Christians. Go read the history books if you don't believe me. The pilgrims came here so they could practice their religion. If you don't like Christianity then leave America.

  • Steve-n-SA 4 years ago

    John, we realize that this country was taken from it's previous owners by Christians, but since then some very intelligent men, realizing that they didn't want a repeat of what drove them here, to drive them out, decided to separate church from state, so that all could believe what they want. Because of this, the first amendment they made to the Constitution dealt with ensuring "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;...". Hence, "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation — at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers." (President Barack Obama)

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    Unapologeticaboutthetruth 2 years ago

    you are right we are no longer just a Christian nation, should we be suprise why this country is going under and it will unless we Repent and turn towards the Real God Jesus. We have become like Israel who rejected the real God and went of to worship and accept false dieties.

  • Greg 4 years ago

    The debate is heating up! And the separation between the two camps is becoming clearer. It will get harder than this to stand for God in the last days. Read the book of Revelation and watch it unfold on the nightly news.

  • RA Hamilton 4 years ago

    Its amazing people take evangelical Christianity seriously at all.

  • ron 2 years ago

    right on watch jesus camp

  • Why... 4 years ago

    Wow... Very harsh words have been said in this article toward Tim Tebow and rest of Christians. He just asked for a simple pray. The article seems to pin point right on the nail why the Bible is ever so true. I continually do not know why people criticize Christianity constantly, but yet have never read the Bible? If you hate christian people then thats understand as we live in unjust and corrupt world caused by both men and women. Any true believer will only promote love, peace and happiness to all. Christianity should never be the center point of a person's arguement as it is by far the soundest religion out of all (that includes evolution believers who have yet found out how the matter was created for the Big Bang Theory). Countless Historians, Philosophers, and Scientists have spent lives nit picking the bible and yet it still stands to this as a fact to this day.

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    Unapologeticaboutthetruth 2 years ago

    This is the Bases of Christianity John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I AM the way, and the Truth, and The Life. NO ONE comes to the Father Except Through ME. 1st Corinthians 2:2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. -Paul- 1st Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our SINS in accordance with the scriptures, the He was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance to the scriptures.

  • Why... 4 years ago

    Wow... Very harsh words have been said in this article toward Tim Tebow and rest of Christians. He just asked for a simple pray. The article seems to pin point right on the nail why the Bible is ever so true. I continually do not know why people criticize Christianity constantly, but yet have never read the Bible? If you hate christian people then thats understand as we live in unjust and corrupt world caused by both men and women. Any true believer will only promote love, peace and happiness to all. Christianity should never be the center point of a person's arguement as it is by far the soundest religion out of all (that includes evolution believers who have yet found out how the matter was created for the Big Bang Theory). Countless Historians, Philosophers, and Scientists have spent lives nit picking the bible and yet it still stands to this as a fact to this day.

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    Unapologeticaboutthetruth 2 years ago

    Here is more of the centrality of Christianity. Matthew 16:15 " But you" he asked them, "who do you say that I am?" Simon peter answered, " You are the Messiah, The Son of the living God!" and Jesus responded, "simon son of Jonah, you are blessed because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this Rock I will build my church.. whats the rock? its Peter statement, thats the centrality of Christianity and that Jesus is the ONLY TRUTH...

  • Anna 4 years ago

    If TT believes he is right and everyone who has not repented of their sins and put their trust in Jesus Christ is going to hell, wouldn't he be a complete jerk to not share his faith? To sit back and ignore people going to hell would be nothing less than cruel. I personally don't understand the author's point of view. A person who thinks they have the cure for something and then keeps it all to themself would be a monster.

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    Unapologeticaboutthetruth 2 years ago

    Amen to that :)

  • Craig 4 years ago

    Is this writer's interjection of subjective animosity towards a particular religion really considered journalism? Is this really supposed to pass as "news"? What a pathetic joke. If you don't want to believe in Christ, that's your choice. Steve-n-SA really needs to re-read the 1st amendment he partially quoted. Also, by adding an illegitimate president's anti-christian speech remarks to the 1st amendment quote certainly doesn't amend the constitution to include the inane and patently ignorant remarks. Tim Tebow is a Christian, and people who hate Christ hate Tim, because they hate Christ. Merely asking for a short prayer (or any other public demonstration of any sort, regarding Christian belief) is very offensive to many, because it reminds people their ultimate destiny is exactly what they are spending their lives wanting - separation from God. One day every knee WILL bow down to Jesus Christ. Better to be now, willingly, than in hell, regretfully and too late. John 3:16.

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    Unapologeticaboutthetruth 2 years ago

    you are on target, they want seperation from God but will never get it. Hell will be Gods Wrath poured justly on law breakers aka sinners. When people sin they sin against God primarily.If we have broken 1 law we are guilty of all law. Each day men add to their dept before Christ. And Christ has paid the dept on behalf of the Believing Ones John 3:16 For God so loved the world: he gave his One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have Eternal Life.. Matthew 10:28 .... fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell.

  • believer 4 years ago

    " From out of the abundance of a mans' heart does his mouth speak . In this case , fingers type . I'm deaply saddened

  • Saved 4 years ago

    Better to stand up for a belief, rather than be a dead beat with no belief at all. Sure going to be awful warm on in your future, none believer. So sad to be blinded by ignorance.

  • marks 3 years ago

    Tim Tebow has been an encouragement to me and all Christians who trust in God. I thank Tebow for being bold especially in a world where more and more people are turning their back on God. More Christians, including myself need to be just as bold. I hope God continues to use him for His glory!! John 3:16

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