Yesterday I reported about former Bronco QB Jake Plummer cogently criticizing current Bronco QB Tim Tebow, saying that he would like Tebow a bit more if he would realize that we all know that he loves Jesus, and that it’s irritating to hear him mention it every single time he takes a snap or doesn’t fumble a handoff. Tebow responded today, and here is what they said at PFT. As they got it exactly right, I don’t have anything to add to it:
“If you’re married, and you have a wife, and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife, I love her, the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and have the opportunity? And that’s how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ,” Tebow said. “It is the most important thing in my life, so every opportunity I have to tell him I love him, or I’m given an opportunity to shout him out on national TV, I’m going to take that opportunity.”
There’s a distinction, however, between what Plummer criticized Tebow for and what Tebow responded to. Plummer wasn’t objecting to Tebow saying “I love you” to Jesus. Plummer was objecting to Tebow saying “I love Jesus” to the public, and saying it in just about every public appearance he makes. There’s nothing wrong with a man saying “I love you” to his wife every day, and there’s nothing wrong with a man saying “I love you” when he prays every day. What Plummer was saying is that he doesn’t think Tebow should inject his religious beliefs into a football discussion. Just as Plummer would, presumably, think it a little weird if an NFL player mentioned that he loves his wife in every interview.
It gets weirder:
But that leads to the next thing Tebow said in his interview — that his love for Jesus is greater than a man’s love for his wife, greater than Tebow’s own love for his family and greater than Tebow’s own love for football, and so it doesn’t matter to Tebow what Plummer thinks. Tebow said his relationship to Jesus is more important than anything else.
“I look at it as a relationship I have with him, I want to give him the honor and glory every time I get the opportunity,” Tebow said.
What we have here is another case of life reflecting art; the onion has reported about men like Tebow before.