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Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 7:50 pm
 
'Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you're living,' Warner said of Tebow. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

There are any number of theories for why Tim Tebow is so divisive: his funky throwing motion (more precisely: his struggles with arm strength and accuracy), the media deification dating back to his days at Florida and, occasionally, his religious beliefs are cited.

The real reason: Tebow wins. Nobody cares about losers, the god they pray to or how they go about their business. They're losers, after all.

Well, since taking over the starting job from Kyle Orton in late October, Tebow and the Broncos are 5-1, 6-5 overall, and just one game back of the Raiders in the AFC West. Ironically, winning has converted some of Tebow's critics because he's shown that a high school offense, in the right hands, can work in the complicated world of NFL schemes and strategies.

Still, some folks have grown tired of all the ancillary stuff, including the Tebowing phenomenon and the religious implications behind it.

Last week, former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer said this: "I think [Tebow's] a winner and I respect that about him. I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ then I think I’ll like him a little better. I don’t hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every single time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff … like you know, I understand dude where you’re coming from … but he is a baller."


Tim Tebow has won three straight games and is 5-1 since becoming the starter in Week 7. CBS Sports' Shannon Sharpe sat down with Tebow, head coach John Fox and Champ Bailey to discuss the Broncos turnaround as well as Tebow's future at QB.

Tebow's response: "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."

But Kurt Warner, former Super Bowl champion and NFL MVP whose faith is also a big part of his existence, also thinks Tebow should tone it down a tad.

"You can't help but cheer for a guy like that," Warner said, according to the Arizona Republic. "But I'd tell him, 'Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you're living. Let your teammates do the talking for you. Let them cheer on your testimony.'

"I know what he's going through, and I know what he wants to accomplish, but I don't want anybody to become calloused toward Tim because they don't understand him, or are not fully aware of who he is. And you're starting to see that a little bit."

Warner speaks from experience. There was a time earlier in his career when he was a lot like Tebow. And he found that networks would often edit out his religious references during taped interviews.

"There's almost a faith cliche, where (athletes) come out and say, 'I want to thank my Lord and savior,' " Warner said. "As soon as you say that, the guard goes up, the walls go up, and I came to realize you have to be more strategic.

"The greatest impact you can have on people is never what you say, but how you live. When you speak and represent the person of Jesus Christ in all actions of your life, people are drawn to that. You set the standard with your actions. The words can come after."

Warner's onto something. He's well respected by those in the league, the media, and the fans, and his actions -- more than this words -- carry weight with all of them. Tebow is free to worship as he sees fit, but as the Republic's Dan Bickley writes, "On his journey, Warner found his biggest impact on people came during his personal struggles, when he had no platform, when he was relegated to the bench and people witnessed how magnificently he handled demotions and adversity."

Which is what Plummer was saying and Warner reiterated.

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Comments

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Warner is one of the many silent Christians who choose to neglect their duty to profess Jesus' name to others.  "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lod Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation"  Romans 10: 9-10.  Go Tebow!



Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

YES IM GOIN ALL CAPS HERE CAUSE IM FED UP, EVERYTIME SOMEONE QUOTES THIER RELIGION TO JESUS THEY ARE CONSIDERED A JOKE. AN ATHIEST CAN SHOVE HIS BELIEF WHERE EVER THEY WANT, NOW IM NO HOLY ROLLER AND DO NOT PRETEND TO BE ONE. BUT I DO BELIEVE, AND MAYBE IF ITS TIME TO JUST LET PEOPLE SAY WHAT THEY BELIEVE AND STOP CRITISIZING THEM FOR IT...EVERYONE SPENDS BIG BUCKS TO SEE ENTERTAINERS ON SCREEN AND AT LIVE SHOWS AND ALL THEY DO IS CRITISIZE OTHERS FOR THIER BELIEFS. HOW ABOUT WE PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT TEBOW IS ACCOMPLISHING ON THE FIELD. OR MAYBE HE CAN TALK AFTER THE GAME ABOUT NOT HAVING A GUN CHARGE, OR DOG FIGHTING CHARGE, OR DRUG CHARGE, SPOUSAL ABUSE, OR SEXUALLY HARMING A CHILD FROM THIER CHARITIES.....TO THANK SOMEONE HE CONSIDERS HIS SAVIOR, RATHER THAN THE OTHERS IVE MENTIONED IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR



Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

I am sick to death of all this Tebow nonsense.  He's a college quarterback running an offense from 60 years ago.  He wins games because he is on a TEAM that plays great defense and puts him in situations where he can win.  Everytime people talk about Tebow as a winner they should remember the NFL is a team sport, and no matter how good one player is you need a team to win in this league.  Tebow is as responsible for their winning ways as everyone from Fox down to the Special Teams guys.  And please, enough with the Jesus nonsense.  He loves Christ, woopee, stop forcing it down everyone's throats.  I'd say a vast majority of people in the NFL are religious, and Christians at that.  But you don't see them yakking about God every chance they get.  All that aside, if there is a God, he/she/it doesn't care about a football game.  And if God cares enough about Tebow to help him win games while not resolving say world hunger or the genocide in Darfur, what a stupid God indeed.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

I am a firm believer that you can worship whomever and however you please just don't try to shove it down my throat.


First of all, you obviously aren't THAT firm a believer in that and second, once again, nobody's holding a gun to your head to watch his interviews or read articles featuring him. If you don't like it, change the channel instead of trying to suppress him and shut him up. There's plenty of people like me that enjoy and admire him that don't want him to change.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

There are other role models in the NFL.  Constantly slurping Tebow is a bit much.  And if God is so great, it should be obvious.  No need to force feed it to us.

Yet another dumb statement. Sex is great, isn't it? But we get that force fed to us on a daily basis by every tv station and every advertisement and every magazine. So why can't Tebow do it? He's standing up for what he believes in, which is a heck of a lot better than falling for every immoral thing on the market just because someone packages it up nice and pretty and makes it look good. Besides that, nobody's holding a gun to anyone's head to listen to Tebow. I dunno about you, but I have about 400 channels with my cable. If I don't wanna watch something or listen to something I change the station. And no, there aren't many other GOOD role models in the NFL. Unfortunately for every good one, there's atleast 20 bad ones.




Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

I am a firm believer that you can worship whomever and however you please just don't try to shove it down my throat.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

bagging groceries? tebow hasn't won shit yet. When he's wearing some rings then he can talk


Sooooooo....are you saying Dan Marino should never talk? That is the dumbest statement you could have possibly made ruckusreilly.  Bottom line, Denver wasn't winning before and they have been ever since he started playing.



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:14 pm
 

I don't hate Tebow, just the overexposure

There are other role models in the NFL.  Constantly slurping Tebow is a bit much.  And if God is so great, it should be obvious.  No need to force feed it to us.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Is it so hard to accept that he puts God and his love of God and Jesus Christ before football? I absolutely admire him for being so adament about his faith and praising God every chance he gets. He's a stand up guy in a world full of phonies and someone you'd be happy if your kid looked up to! I wish everyone would just get off his back about it and let him express his beliefs the way he wants and as many times as he wants. What does it matter if he does it in every interview? Is it any different than the same old answers you get in every interview...I'm just happy to be here and want to help the team. I hope Tebow keeps on doing exactly what he's doing. It'd be an extremely nice change for religion to become cool instead of knocking girls up and not being around for the baby or getting fined because of dirty hits or excessive celebrations that cost your team yardage that also ends up costing your team the game or carrying a gun everywhere you go! As messed up as society is, Tim Tebow is a breath of fresh air and I hope to see much more of him for many years to come! DON'T CHANGE A THING TIM!!!!



Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Agree Kurt.


If the previous face of religion in the NFL tells you to tone it down, then maybe that face has a point...


You are on the NFL stage, not the pulpit...


Just sayin'       



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