The most polarizing figure in sports today!


“Dad, who is your second favorite football team?”

I was watching football with my sons, Harrison and Colby, last week when Harrison asked me, knowing that I am a die hard Eagles fan, “Dad, who is your second favorite football team?” And, my answer is always the same, “Son, my two favorite teams are the Philadelphia Eagles and whoever is playing the Dallas Cowboys!” Now, he has had heard me say that before (a lot) so he pushed me a little bit further to get a real answer from me. So, without really thinking about it, I responded that my second favorite NFL football team (these days) is Tim Tebow.

I know… I know… Tim is not a team. But there is something that is just so authentic, plucky and likable about this kid that he’s hard not to route for. But, alas, not all people share my enthusiasm about this pigskin evangelist. The truth is Tim is one of the most polarizing figures in sports today. This is partly because of his will and determination to win football games without some of the physical characteristics we are used to associating with the NFL level quarterback position. (Don’t tell Doug Flute.) But, I also think Tim is polarizing because he has been outspoken about his relationship with Jesus.

Case In Point

Recently former NFL quarterback (for the Denver Broncos), Jake Plummer, was asked about his opinion about Tim’s recent success and he responded by saying that he liked Tim, but he wished he would stop talking about Jesus “…after every pass or hand-off.” Well, in this interview with ESPN’s Skip Bayless Tim responds to this criticism with respect and a great analogy. (Skip to 8:50 in the interview- really it’s worth it)

I love it! I think it’s great and I will be praying for Tim in whatever he does.  And not that he will just “win games”, but that as a uniquely gifted and prophetic personality that he will continue to tell people, through his own experience and humility, what God has done for him! —I am a Tebow fan!

What do you think? Are you a Tebow fan? Do you think the field is a place for faith? Thanks for leaving a comment, and please don’t forget to get on our email list or click on the coffee mug at the top of the page to get The Ordained Barista delivered directly to your RSS feed! (It makes a big difference!)

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  • Pam Priester

    Wow — so glad we didn’t miss that interview! Thanks for putting it up. Lindsey listened and then said “MOm — you gotta listen to this…..” Awesome stuff! Thanks Barry!

  • Young

    Not only the field but everywhere is a place for faith…some of us choose to vocally share this faith with others, like Tebow, and some of us choose to show our faith through our actions. Good for him!

  • Billy Irwin

    awesome article! awesome guy!

  • The Ordained Barista

    Billy, he does seem to be Awesome, doesn’t he? And by awesome I mean authentic… I hope and pray that he remains level headed during his pro career- however long it lasts.

  • The Ordained Barista

    yeah, I’m with you. But, I am better at sharing my faith at some places (with some people) than with others…. Ya know! Ha!

  • The Ordained Barista

    Pam and Lindsey,
    Thanks for taking the time to read/watch it!

  • Linda Durieux

    Thanks, Barry for sharing this. I love to see people stand up for their friend Jesus. He’s so good to us, why can’t we be there for Him? Love reading your blog! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Give your family hugs from me!

  • James Trent

    Wait, do I have to skip to 8:50? OK, I watched it all… :D

    Really, I do like Tim Tebow. I agree that there’s just something likable about him. It’s great that he gives Jesus the glory out there… I mean, being an NFL quarterback isn’t exactly the easiest place to share your faith, you know? Especially when so many people put him down for it. I hope he does well on the football field. I’m just really disappointed that his team is playing the Patriots later this year. I don’t want to root against Tim, but…. Hopefully the game will be at 4:00 and we’ll have Underground PM so I won’t have to watch the end of the game.

    Oh BTW your Eagles are going DOWN on Sunday! ;)

  • Young


    Yeah, well…at least you do share it. Sometimes, I find it difficult to share even with my family and yet sometime it is the only thing that sustains me….Boy! I’ve got a LOOOOOOOOONG way to go….At least I’m hoping and praying that every so often my faith shows through my actions…

  • The Ordained Barista

    It’s a journey, right? Here is the truth that has encouraged me: God doesn’t need us to fulfill His purposes, but the mystery is that He chooses to use us to bring the completion of His plan. He does this, in part, I believe, to help us move along our journey…. this process of becoming more like Christ (sanctification). That should give you great comfort, it does me, that not only is God there during the journey, but that your struggles in the journey are what, perhaps, force you to be closer to Him. Just a thought.

  • The Ordained Barista

    Thanks, Linda. Right back at you! Tell the girls I said “hi.”

  • The Ordained Barista

    Billy, I know right! I hope I get the chance to meet/interview him one day.