Blog Entry

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.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're at it, add our RSS Feed.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:50 am

p.s. - Compared to Suh....

....and this is what people are up in arms about. OK America, let's immortalize ndamikan suh, the lineman for detroit who stomps on his opponent laying down on the ground. Yeah. That's who i'd rather have kids idolize....

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:52 am

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Tim Tebow = Standard fare for Christians....push your beliefs on everyone else. I HAVE NEVER had a Muslim, a Jew, OR an ATHEIST at my door trying to "TALK" to me about the "good word" or convert me. WONDER WHY? Maybe Christianity is just one big pyramid scheme and they are trying to get more people in to it. I don't know. Perhaps we should check to see how much the Vatican is worth to determine if that's an accurate representation. Hey, if it works for Scientology..........

Believe like me or be damned....these are NOT the words of an Atheist, but a Christian.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:45 am

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Tim Tea-party-bow much? You do not know what you are speaking of bro. Cut out the hate of the "liberal" media, turn off Fox news, and quit hating on Obama and the rest of Black Americans. If a Muslim WERE to face the East and pray during ANY part of a game, HOW would YOU react. BTW This is coming from a Republican who is sick of this ridiculous notion in this country that the extreme right is right. Oh and also, WHO IS JUDGED MORE, ATHEISTS OR CHRISTIANS? Do some research, bro.

Since: Aug 6, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:54 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

you dont know what you are talking about.

Since: Aug 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:49 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

The NFL better clamp down on all this overt religious expression going on in the stadiums throughout the league.  First of all, the irony of knocking the crap out of someone for four hours and possibily maiming them for life and then kneeling in prayer for Jesus is a bit silly.  Secondly, are we to expect the Muslims, the Jews, and any other religion to be worshiping on the field and be given the same deference to bow to Allah or Elijah or what ever some religion players believe in?  If Tebow continues to push the envelope by forcing his religious beliefs on the public, things will get out of hand quickly.  Kurt Warner is not being disrepectful to Tebow,  he's respecting those who don't necessarily share the same beliefs.  Kurt's doing us a favor.

Since: Aug 6, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:42 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

i think that he is winning games and doing his job and at the same tome putting God into it.
if any of you knew how hard he worked to get to the NFL you would stop saying that football is football and God is God.
leave him alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:40 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Holy shit! I knew this headline would be a bible beater Yahtzee. All this scripture quoting and Jesus jamming is why people get weird over Tebow. It is him partly, but mostly all the freaks that worship him that make people feel weird. This is why religion doesn't mix with well.....anything other than more religion and war. 

Since: Oct 22, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:17 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

This is an attack on christians more than it is on Tim Tebow. It is a way that the media has silenced christianity for decades now. They are pretty crafty at this art of manipulating the public. They take a figure like Tebow, for example, they team up on him and make it seem as if he is weird or a christian radical for speaking about his faith then it puts the perception in peoples minds that they themselves should not speak about their religion of fear of being ostrisized. Just think if a media person told a muslim person not to talk about their faith right now. I guarantee they would have the Department of Justice after them, Jesse Jackson and his cronies, and the Great Obama preaching how wrong it is to talk about someones religion and how they practice freedom of religion. Christians are being portrayed as the enemy in our country, for some reason we are the enemy. God bless the non-believers and show them the way.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:16 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

I understand why you'd be irritated by Kurt Warner's comments.  But do a little research on Kurt.  He's not out to tell Tim how to live.  You'd be hard pressed to find anyone in the media more supportive of Tim's efforts.  I think the words were just the advice of a man who practiced his faith under the flashbulbs of the national media and knows how demanding that life can be.

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:13 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

  I don't think Warner was telling Tebow what to do. I think he was giving him advice based on some of the things that happened to him during his career.  Warner was getting pretty vocal about his religion for a while.

     Religion is a tricky thing when it comes to the media and fans.

        I think what Warner was basically saying was...Don't overdo it Tim,it might bite you in the behind!

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or