Add Kurt Warner to the list of former NFL quarterbacks who are advising Tim Tebow to tone down the Jesus talk.
Last week, former Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer said that while he liked how Tebow handles himself and how he has brought success to the broncos, he wishes that he would “rather not have to hear that [references to Jesus Christ] every single time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff.” Plummer said that he respects Tebow and understand how he feels about religion. Everyone knows how Tebow feels about religion.
And that was Plummers’ point. “”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.” Plummer would just prefer not to have to hear it at every single opportunity.
Warner was the latest former quarterback to discuss Tebow and religion, and he may be the ideal candidate to do so, considering Warner was always shown as a deeply religious man when he played for the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals. But Warner also suggested that Tebow may want to curb some of the talk when he is asked about the game and his teammates and his chances of making the playoffs.
“I’d tell him [Tebow], ‘Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you’re living,” Warner told the Arizona Republic. “Let your teammates do the talking for you. Let them cheer on your testimony.”
Warner went on to tell the Republic that ”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 has a point. I don’t feel that most people have a problem with Tebow because of his beliefs. After all, this is still somewhat a free country, right? But when people feel as if they are constantly having something crammed down their throat, they will quickly turn on you.
“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.”
What Warner is saying is that Tebow should continue to live the same way he has his entire life. Clearly, he is doing something right.
But Tebow may want to think about Warner is saying. I would certainly advise the current Broncos quarterback to listen to Warner above Plummer, although both are making similar points.
Warner just did it in a more articulate way.
And while Tebow continues to win and keep every quote with a religious undertone, it may be in the best interest of his future and his team if he does indeed begin to curb some of the references afterward. With his recent success, the last thing he wants to do is alienate himself from any of his teammates.
That means if Tebow thanks Jesus after every game and big win – which I have no problem with him doing – but not any of his other teammates, then things could get nasty in a hurry in Denver.