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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: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:55 pm
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

I'm sad to hear all of the anti-religious bigotry not only in sports, but in mankind.  Tim Tebow is a hero for testifying on behalf of Jesus Christ.  I feel sorry for all of you who have not found God.  God does exist, and his existence is already proven.  Read the bible.  Jesus, have mercy on all of those reading this comment who do not believe.  
No need to feel sorry for me, thank you.  I was born just fine the first time and do not need assistance from some "man in the sky". Of course, if I had Tebow's completetion percentage, I'd want all the help I could get.



Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

You can't google Bible verses and post them when you do not know what they mean ffhd1clt.



Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Tebow? What has he said? He most certainly has not talked any "shit".



Since: Jun 12, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:38 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



Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

I agree with Kurt Warner's comments to a point.  While actions will always portray one's faith in Christ, it's not something to be ashamed of either. Jesus said "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels".  I wonder if Kurt thinks being a Christian is popular, or cool. Of course the walls go up, the guard goes up. Christ is offensive to those who don't believe. Tim Tebow has done nothing at all that I know of to hurt his testimony. I'm sure there will be times Tim will be humbled, as Kurt was. Don't grieve the Spirit Kurt!!!



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Why are idiot old QBs warner and plummer running thier retired mouths. No one cares to hear your opinion about what an ACTIVE, WINNING QB does. Go back to bagging grocieries Kurt.





Since: Oct 1, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:59 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

You're a moron ofallon3.



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:51 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

"You need to read Matthew 6:6, where we are told to "go into the closet and pray privately, and God will see, and He will reward openly."


In context this was directed at anyone thinking about praying just to be seen praying and doing 'works' to have praise heaped upon themselves. If Tebow is doing this for personal gain then he has something to work out with God and I would advise him to follow that verse. At this point I can't personally say that's what his motivation is so...



Since: Nov 21, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:50 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

You think he's going to hell because he agreed to "Dancing with the Stars?" Geez



Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:49 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Dude best comment yet.  Not that it will happen, but it would be interesting to see Aaron and Tim go at it with your comment in mind.


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