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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 25, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:17 am
 

I agree...

..."Don't tell me you love me, show me you love me"...  ----There is some truth to all of this --talk can be cheap, but the actions run deep.  Tebow is looking good, I like what I see there, with his play. 



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:06 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

This Tebow thing is getting a bit long in the tooth.  Since that very first announcer on ESPN said he didn't have pro QB mechanics that's all we've heard about.  Well last I saw, he had the same mechanics when he was highly touted and WINNING while in college, and let's see what he's done in the pro's, oh yeah HE'S WINNING AGAIN.  Let's look at he QB ratings, his is djust at 80.1, look at all the QUALITY QB's that have LESS of a rating, big bad Vick being one of the most prominent.  In Vick's first years, the ONLY success he's had is when he runs, and when the team was loosing in the fourth, and he had to depend on his arm to win, the team lost.  As for the praying, that's up to him, I'd rather see him pray that listen to some other loud mouth and every other word has to be bleeped out.  They guy beat out Orton fair and square, he has his team in the playoff hunt, he's 5-1 since starting, he has the confidence of his team and coaches so "Hey ESPN, shut up and let him play".



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:56 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Surely as a Christian and not an atheist you recognize these....
Mark 16:15 And he said to them, "go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation"
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Romans 10:17 So Faith comes from hearing and hearing thru the word of Christ

"STFU with the 700 Club. This a sports site." Pimpslapped 1:1



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:19 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

There is no 'irony'. Playing in a contest that happens to be violent (Tebow isn't the one trying to knock the crap out of people for 4 hours, he's throwing a football and trying not to get the crap knocked out of him)and praying before or after have little or nothing to do with one another. Tebow isn't claiming Jesus helps him win or is 'on his side' during the game. He's professing his faith and praising Jesus for what Jesus did 2000 years ago in dying for sins, salvation etc etc etc.

If a person bows to pray, who is the NFL or anyone going to know whom they're praying to? So the deference you speak of would have to come after the individual spoke out openly about their faith and specifically stated who they were praying to. By not showing deference they would open themselves up to a discrimination claim. Tebow isn't forcing his religious beliefs on anyone. He's stating his beliefs. You nor anyone else has to listen nor do you have to convert should you choose not to.

What things will get out of hand? That's sensationalism and contradictory to what we're seeing. People don't like Tebow. Some because of his faith and his show of it, others because of a whole host of other reasons. So far people have been content to gripe and whine. Who, what, and why do you anticipate things getting out of hand? 

You're correct that Warner is not being disrespectful to Tebow, he's offering another more subtle approach to sharing the faith. You are wrong though that Warner was respecting those who don't share the same beliefs. That never entered into the statement, Warner is actually a proponent of conversion he's just advocating a less vocal means to do so.



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:59 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Surely as a Christian and not an atheist you recognize these....
Mark 16:15 And he said to them, "go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation"
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Romans 10:17 So Faith comes from hearing and hearing thru the word of Christ

There are many more examples. We're not called to 'push our beliefs'. Most of that idea comes from peoples desires not to have to listen to something they may disagree with or not want to hear. That's not Christians pushing a belief, that's sharing their belief in the Word and their Trust in God. That is love. That is not wanting any man or woman to die not knowing God. Any one person's desire not to be 'bothered' by that doesn't mean the Christian is pushing anything. 

You and everyone else have a choice whether you want to continue to listen or not. Do some Christians 'push'? Of course. Many are immature in their faith and they forget 1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.

I have had Muslims, Jews, Atheists, Buddists, Crishnas, and a myraid of others show up on my door looking to 'convert' me so your experience is only one but not indicative of the whole. 

I would say that you saying 'maybe Christianity is just one big pyramid scheme.....', ' I don't know', and comparisons to scientology don't lend credence to the idea that you're a Christian. Claiming to be one, or identifying as one for whatever reason does not a Christian make. Christianity is an understanding, a lifestyle and a quest for knowledge that is not shown in your post. 
 



Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:52 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

If I were Tebow with those limited quarterback skills I guess I'd get down on one knee and pray too!!! He's probably saying "Thank you Jesus Allah God Buddah for allowing my crappy QBing to be just enough to win again"...I don't know how he's doing it, so it must be something mighty special in that prayer. I'm gonna Tebow when I buy my next lotto ticket!!




Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:32 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

G-d has nothing to do with football...it's called practice, skill and a bit of good luck (or bad luck on the opposing team). I think Tebow is annoying and he should preach at church, not on the football field. I think that's what is so irritating about him, especially to other religious/spiritual players and fans. Good for Warner! And Jake the Snake!



Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:53 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

@

I'm assuming that your realization that "there is no life after death" comes from experience, right? You are no better than the fanatics you critique!



Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:35 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions



i hope you realize that your faith and the other religons have caused extreme death in honoring your  faiths.  it will be too late for you when you realize there is no life after death. god.....err....bless life



Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:31 am
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

The world will always be waging war against Jesus Christ. It did so back during the time He walked the earth, it did so 500 years ago and still does presently.  All of this is written in the good book, as Jesus said "If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first."  So its no surprise for a guy like Tebow that praises Jesus on such a big platform to be greatly criticized and even hated by some.



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