National Football League quarterback and Christian leader Tim Tebow received enthusiastic reviews from Liberty University students to whom he spoke at convocation ceremonies yesterday, according to the Christian Post today. Tebow said, "Don't be normal, be an example."
One excited Liberty student tweeted after Tebow's speech, "I honestly do think Tim Tebow is an amazing man of God. Thankful for chance to hear him speak."
Tebow, who twice led the Florida Gators to national championships as a quarterback, first made his name as a believer by printing Bible verse references underneath his eyes during football games. He was the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.
When asked about printing John 3:16 in his eye black after one game, he smiled and replied, "Many people may not know what that means, but maybe it will create enough interest that they will either ask somebody else what it means or find a Bible and look it up."
Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos and led them to the playoffs where they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers by virtue of a dramatic touchdown pass thrown by Tebow on the last play of the game.
Traded to the New York Jets, he has played for them this past season.
He downplayed the significance of football as compared to one's Christian beliefs.
"Football is just a game," he told the responsive crowd of students at Liberty University.
Long lines of people for blocks were seen of people outside the center as they waited to gain admission to hear Tebow speak.
The son of missionaries, Tebow has always placed his Christian beliefs above football.
"I don't know how long I'll be in the spotlight because of my football. But I intend to use whatever time I have to further the cause of Christ," he has said on several occasions.
One of his common themes has been that where one spends eternity is much more significant than the outcome of a football game.
Tebow shrugged off critics who didn't want him to speak at Liberty.
Anyone interested in receiving free updates of future Western Religions articles may click on the subscribe link above this article. My readers may follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Google.