The Denver Broncos QB made an appearance on ESPN’s First Take program on Tuesday morning and invariably, the topic of former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer’s critique regarding Tebow’s incessant praising of Jesus whenever he gets a chance came up as a topic of discussion. Of course, Tebow responded in typical Tebow-esque manner: self-assured and composed, all the while incorporating heavy doses of “I love Jesus” into his response. As transcribed by Pro Football Talk:
“If you’re married, and you have a wife, and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife, I love her, the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and have the opportunity? And that’s how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ,” Tebow said. “It is the most important thing in my life, so every opportunity I have to tell him I love him, or I’m given an opportunity to shout him out on national TV, I’m going to take that opportunity.”
The entire comparison between saying you love your wife every day and screaming it from the hilltops or whenever a microphone is shoved in your face is a bit forced, not to mention a stretch if you ask me, but it was said during a live television interview and perhaps his thoughts were not articulated exactly the way Tebow wished. He continued, explaining how the hierarchy of things he loves in his life breaks down:
“I look at it as a relationship I have with him, I want to give him the honor and glory every time I get the opportunity,” Tebow said. “And then after I give him the honor and glory I always try to give my teammates the honor and glory, and that’s how it works. Because Christ comes first in my life, and then my family, and then my teammates. I respect Jake’s opinion, and I really appreciate his compliment of calling me a winner, but I feel like every time I get the opportunity to give the Lord some praise he is due for it because what he did for me, and what he did on the cross for all of us. I really appreciate his opinion and I respect him, but I still will give all the honor and glory to the Lord because he deserves it.”
Whether or not Tebow feels the Lord deserves constant praise is immaterial to the conversation. Plummer’s criticism was that Tebow shouldn’t feel the need to say it at every opportunity. We all get it by now: Tim Tebow loves Jesus and his relationship with his Lord and Savior has been so overly covered by the Broncos QB it has practically reached to the point that whatever message Tebow is trying to convey gets lost in white noise of constant repetition.
Tebow should give it a rest. Everybody knows it. Cats and dogs probably are aware of it at this point. And by the simple act of refraining from speaking about it from time to time, perhaps it will cease to be a topic of discussion. Lord knows I could use a break from it.