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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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Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:07 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

I think Kurt Warner is providing some very sound advice to Tim.  The biggest difference between Tim's experience and Kurt's is that Warner had to lean on his faith to get him through the earlier parts of his career when there were few fans and he had to grind away at every opportunity to keep playing football.  Tim has been on highlight reels and interviews since his sophomore year at Florida.  I can't remember seeing Tim on camera when he didn't thank Jesus first and often.  This is how he has always done things.

Kurt is giving the advice from the perspective of someone who wants Tim Tebow to continue to succeed, continue to impacts the hearts and minds of his teammates.  As amazing as Tim Tebow is, the media and Tebow-haters will continue to take every opportunity to question Tim's sincerity of faith. Should he stumble (as all people do), people will call out that Tim is a fraud and believing in God means nothing.

I know Tim Tebow is sincere in his faith and his desire to do the right things - and if he said nothing at all, people would be able to see where his strength comes from.  I hope he gives some consideration to Kurt's words.

Since: Oct 22, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:01 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

That was a very good analysis. Thank the Lord there is an athlete with the courage to speak on the biggest stage about Christ. They will always air the atheist's and there views but if you speak christianity its almost a bad word to the main stream media.

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:56 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

I used to have a basic liking and respect for Kurt Warner as an apparently decent, sincere guy who made also made good on the football field. I don't anymore. The idea that someone, anyone, is going to tell another person how to practice their religion is abhorrent. It goes against what this country was founded on. It's no different than if one person "advises" someone how to be black, white, straight, gay, female, and so on. The fact that Warner is a Christian himself just makes it worse. Just because he either couldn't handle the reaction of some people in the league, or the media and whoever else to the way he expressed his faith doesn't give him some right to tell Tim Tebow how to handle himself. He's not Tebow's father, or his brother, or his friend, or teammate, or anyone. He's just another talking head who thinks he "knows" something about Tim Tebow. Anyone who has taken the time to learn about Tebow's life quickly realizes that he's been living his beliefs and talking freely about them his entire life, and unlike Warner, he's been in the public spotlight nearly his whole life because of his phenomenal success on the field starting as a high school freshman. He doesn't need any "lessons" from Warner on how to deal with things. He's been there, done that.

Moreover, the very idea that Warner trots out that Tebow is favoring words over actions is insulting and stupid. Tim Tebow walks the walk. Tim Tebow has traveled nearly all the across the world to minister to poor children in the Phillipines every year of his life. Now that he has resources and can raise money from like-minded people, he's established a foundation that will build a hospital for those children. I don't get it, aren't those "actions," Kurt? Should Tebow not talk about how he values that before football (as he said in an interview) and wait for his teammates to do it? How idiotic. It's not up to Tebow's teammates to stand around talking about how or why he's a religious guy like they're his disciples, for crap's sake. That's up to Tebow, and it's his absolute right to do it as much or as little as he likes, and it's not up for debate, although some of you would like to think so. 

This whole article is BS, and Kurt Warner ought to be ashamed. It's not okay to cast aspersions on how anyone lives their faith. Unlike Warner and Plummer, Tim Tebow has never, never done that. I say that with confidence, because I've scoured articles and video clips  looking to find it. I challenge anyone to find even one comment from Tim Tebow that casts judgments on other people's beliefs. The truth is that you won't. Tebow only talks about his own faith, and even then, what Warner and those who attack Tebow can't and won't acknowledge is that all Tebow ever does is give thanks. Literally, all he does is preface some statements with, "First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," and then he goes on address the question. If you doubt it, go watch the video clips and read the articles. To try to portray that as him showing his faith "too much" is just looking for something to criticize for the hell of it.

If the media and people like Warner and Plummer would stop making inflammatory, judgmental and headline-seeking comm
ents about Tebow's religiosity, then reporters would have nothing to rush to throw in Tebow's face and breathlessly ask him about in interviews hoping to fuel controversy for ratings. It's the haters (and people like Warner, who is in some category of his own after this unbelievable intrusion into something that he ought to know is none of his business) who are fueling all of this. It's not Tebow's supposedly "crazed Christian" fans, who aren't famous and don't get interviewed on the radio or on TV. It's not Tebow himself, either. This whole "debate" is pathetic and disturbing, and based on many of the comments in this thread, it is most definitely about a lot of people being anti-Christian and insecure in their own belief-system, or lack thereof. That's exactly what explains why they're so bothered by the expressions of faith made by someone who they have never even met, whose teammates truly like him *as he is,* and who is successful on and off the field.

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:52 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

When it comes to faith it is a program of attraction not of promotion.

Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:37 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

All fairness aside, the same people that are calling Tebow critics for his poor play are the same ones criticizing guys like Jay Cutler. They will put down Jay Cutler on a whim, but when someone points out that Tebow can't complete more than 10 passes per game or wins like a running back (By the way he carried the ball 22 times) the people stating the facts are haters and athiest, but will tell you how bad Cutler sucks and tell you how weak he is for breaking his thumb while trying to help his team. 

They also don't fail to tell us how many games Kyle Orton won as a Denver Bronco, but fail to speak of the accomplishments he had (7500 Yds Passing, 41 TDs 21 Ints). It wasn't his fault the Defense didn't "like" him or "motivate them. Too many blasphemous comments when regarding Tebow. Speak the Lord all you want, but putting someone down or putting someone above somebody else, or even idolizing makes it a complete contradiction on the whole. Either love it all, or keep your mouth shut.

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:30 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Tim Tebow prays to God to dedicate his outstanding performance to him.  There is nothing wrong with that.  All it is is freedom of speech and isn't that part of the US Constitution.  Tim Tebow is a outstanding football player while being a great man to his teamates, friends, family, and God.  That is one of the main reasons while the Denver Broncos picked up this outstanding football player.  I will have to say that Kurt Warner is an outstanding football player too and that I completely respect him. 

Since: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:06 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

To attain success we experience the tempering of our convictions in the fire of experience, and we would not anyone dictating to us who we should be or how we should act but want to be accepted for who we are and allowed to mature into stronger men and women. Allow Tebow to be who he is and be careful of criticizing just because you are not comfortable with that.

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:04 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Any chance we can shut this debat/opinion down...

Let Tim be Tim... let him do what he thinks is best (on and off the field).

Seriously, is it Tim Tebow that's the problem or his faith?  If it's his faith get over it and move on.  Last I checked he lives in the USA where everyone has the right to say just about anything they want to say whenever they want to say it.  If you don't want to listen to him use the "mute" button.

If it's Tebow's performace, then discuss his performance. 

Despite the awful throwing motion... he's winning.  Despite his low passing yardage... his passer rating is about average for the league.  Can he take the punishment the bigs are handing to him... only time will tell.

Either way, we've never seen anyone like him... and maybe that's good for the game.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:35 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Psalm 69:30
I will praise God’s name in song and glorifyhim with thanksgiving.

I hope Tebow continues success, he's awesome role model.  give it a try.

Since: Jun 18, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:59 pm

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

Fair enough. Weezer.  I agree, but where I'm from (Oklahoma), there are not many, if any Tebow fans.  You'll remember OU VS Florida a few years ago...  So I can't speak to your point about the Tebow fans since I don't know them.  BUT, I know my wife tends to get wounded when I say anything negative about that weirdo Joyce Meyer...  So I have to agree with you.  And since you gave me some props and added a good point, I'll have to follow you as well.

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