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Orel Hershiser Was ‘Hershizing’ Long Before Tim Tebow Was ‘Tebowing’ (Video)

Thanks to a Yahoo! Sports Minute video (by way of Game On!), we now have quantifiable proof that Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow’s patented move of kneeling down in what we now all refer to as Tebowing was performed many, many years ago by a man who similarly experienced an equally remarkable season in the game in which he plied his trade.

In 1988, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser was coming off an incredible regular season, which saw him post a 23-8 record with a 2.36 ERA and a now unheard of 15 complete games which included 8 shutouts. The dominant season earned him the NL Cy Young Award. But as the regular season closed, and unbeknownst to anybody at the time, Hershiser was just getting started.

The right-hander went on and had a postseason for the ages. Hershiser was named MVP of both the NLCS against the Mets and the World Series against the hard-hitting Oakland A’s.

But what he did when he closed out the Mets with a shutout in Game 7 of the NLCS and when he closed out the A’s with another shutout in Game 5 to clinch the Dodgers the championship is what is relevant to this discussion: he walked off the mound and got down on one knee in an expression of his religious faith.

So there you have it: while Tim Tebow may be attracting worldwide attention for his Tebowing, it’s important to remember he wasn’t the first guy to strike a pose.