Tim Tebow’s comments after the final game

Georgene Rice provides a final analysis on Tim Tebow.  

Georgene:  Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos didn’t make it to the Super Bowl. When his team was trounced by the New England Patriots many people were gloating a bit, but his comments following the loss were quite telling about this young man and his faith.  I found it rather interesting to find how his comments would be understood in the wider culture.

Craig Bannister, with cnsnews.com,  wrote that losing to the New England Patriots makes Tim Tebow a winner.  He writes, “Tim Tebow’s comments after the 45-10 playoff loss shows why he’s more of a winner than ever. There are winners. There are losers. There are winners who are still losers and there are people like Tim Tebow who are winners even when they lose, and lose badly.”

Tim Tebow’s comments after the 45-10 playoff loss

After the loss when Tebow was asked about the drubbing in a post-game interview, he showed he still had his priorities straight. He began, not by explaining how his team’s defense gave up 45 points, or why his offense scored only 10 points.

“Before I talk about that,”  he said, “I want to just thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I thank my teammates for the effort they put forth. I also want to thank the Denver Bronco fans, and simply for having the opportunity to compete and develop relationships. It’s been a very special opportunity for me, something I’m very thankful for and I’m thankful for having the opportunity to build so many special relationships with players and coaches.”

When asked if he wished he didn’t have such a high profile in the media, Tebow said, “No, because the attention paid to my outspoken faith gives me the chance to do a lot more important things than football. I wouldn’t change it for the world. By having that I have the platform to walk into a hospital and share with kids. I have the platform to do a lot more important things than football, so I’m very thankful for that platform and I wouldn’t change anything.”

One reporter pointed out that even though Tebow had talked a lot about his faith and winning in the Lord, his team still lost. “How then”, he asked, “do you make sense of losing?”

Tebow responded, as Bannister puts it, with faith, humility and class, “Something I pray before games, during games, after games, regardless whether I win or lose, whether I’m the hero or the goat—that it doesn’t matter because I still honor the Lord and give Him the glory, because He’s deserving of it.  Just like me efforts shouldn’t change, neither should that .”

Then Tim Tebow showed why he’s a winner regardless of the score on the field and regardless if he ever plays another down in pro football, by concluding, “And sometimes in a loss you can honor Him more. Ultimately, you see, it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose. It truly is about how you play the game.”

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