Tebowmania is at an all time high now, and the popular quarterback is unemployed!
The New England Patriots released former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow on Saturday, in order to trim the final roster space to 53 players. It appears that there's a slim chance of Tebow ever making it to an NFL roster again, according to Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith on First Take. He failed to flourish in a pro-style offense during the preseason and his time with the Jets. And I don't think there's room for an option QB in a team built on throwing deep passes.
Yet there some people who think that the Patriots cut him not because of his dismal throwing abilities, but instead his strong faith in the Lord. According to the Blaze, some Christians believe that Tebow's morals were too good for the organization, which led to his release.
I find this claim absurd for a lot of reasons! Consider the fact that Tebow is from Florida, a state that is part of the ultra-conservative Bible Belt. They're rooting for a QB who's popular for doing the "right things", which there are plenty of Christian players in the league who do good deeds while excelling in pro football. Most of their comments in the Blaze article and Michael Stone's commentary are more political driven than religious driven to begin with. I would understand the comments more clearly if Tebow actually stood up against a Patriots organization rule that compromises his faith. But that's not the case; Tebow was cut because he just can't play the QB position like he supposed to.
Also consider statements like "Tebow was persecuted". Again, it can only be feasible if Tebow was actually mocked by the Pats for his faith and played well consistently. Neither one was the case. Some would throw around "persecution" excessively when they don't get things their way. It's not always about being mocked for praising a deity. You must account for how the higher powers can shape decisions in your life. Perhaps Tebow wasn't meant to play QB for a NFL team. Yet some believers still pull the "persecution card", which becomes redundant if it's used incorrectly or excessively.
Another issue with the supposed Christian support of Tebow is this: what makes him a Christian? Is it because he humble himself daily and put God first? Or is it the mere fact that he goes to church daily and do the right things? That's hard to tell because I don't like to judge someone that I don't know personally and, as they all say, to each his own (view on faith). However, I can say that Tebow fans need to really know what the star is about. Some can say that Tebowing is a sin; other can say that he's arrogant because all he wants to do with play quarterback for an NFL team instead of considering other positions or leagues. Or, perhaps the fans use Christianity as a way to excuse Tebow's narrow focus on only playing quarterback HIS way. I don't know, but it is complicated since we live in a world where religions are corrupted by the secular standards of living.
The Tebow bandwagon may not end soon, and may never stop because Tebow is doing great things in his life (both on and off the field). However, don't use your faith to excuse him for not performing well on the field week after week, quarter after quarter.