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Tim Tebow’s Faith (Part 2)


This is a RUSH transcript from “The O’Reilly Factor,” June 3, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated JUAN WILLIAMS, FOX NEWS GUEST HOST: In the “Back of the Book” segment tonight, Tim Tebow is a quarterback for the Denver Broncos and a man of deep faith. That faith has helped him through football and through controversy.

You may remember that some women’s groups attacked the pro-life Super Bowl ad he did with his mom, who had ignored doctors’ suggestions to abort him for health reasons. Tim has a new book out, “Through My Eyes.” Bill O’Reilly recently talked to Tim.

BILL O’REILLY, FOX NEWS HOST: So here’s what I want to know. I played football at a much lower level than you. In pro football, they have Christian athletes like you, all right? But it’s a secular society. There’s a lot of crazy guys doing a lot of, you know, strip clubs every night, drinking and all this kind of business. Does that impact on the locker room at all, your lifestyle as opposed to theirs?

TIM TEBOW, DENVER BRONCOS QUARTERBACK: To be able to influence someone or to be able to have a group of guys come together to have a successful team and to be together all the time every day for, you know, a year and longer together, you have to have a — find a common ground. And that common ground for us is football.

And when they realize that I go out there and I work as hard as I can every day, they have a respect for me for how I play. And then that respect grows to like. And that like grows to love. And then they’ll play for you. If you walk the walk, then when you say something that’s going to mean so much more. And I think that’s how I try to approach it on the field every day.

O’REILLY: Do you ever get offended by their behavior? I mean, the ones who do not believe the way you believe?

TEBOW: Very rarely, because we all, you know, have things that we’re trying to work on.

O’REILLY: So you don’t judge?

TEBOW: Absolutely not. Because I’m not perfect. I’m never going to be. And that’s the great thing about living the Christian life and trying to live by faith, is you’re trying to get better every day. You’re trying to improve.

O’REILLY: There are some evangelicals who witness, you know …

TEBOW: Absolutely and that is great. But — but the greatest way to witness is by walking that straight and narrow and also realizing that you’re going to mess up. That’s what grace is for. We’re going to fall, but we’ve got to get back up. And you’ve got to improve.

And that’s what I’m all about. It’s not trying to act like I do everything right because I’m going to screw up. I’m going to mess up. But I’m going to get back, you know, and get after it and try to do better the next day.

O’REILLY: Do you pray for victory?

TEBOW: You know, I think He honestly does care about how we play on the field, more than anything more than win or lose our hearts on the field. On the field I’m trying to play for the glory of God but then also I’m trying to give everything I have and win and compete. And so I think more than just winning or losing, I think He cares about where our hearts are when we’re playing.

O’REILLY: So you don’t say before the game with the Dallas Cowboys, “Hey, God, let me win by at least 10 points here to…”

TEBOW: To cover the spread. [Laughs]

O’REILLY: Right. I used to pray. This is absolutely true. I would say, “Please don’t let me break anything.” I want to, you know — I want to keep my head or my arm intact. I would pray for the safety of not only me but the team and let the chips fall where they may.

TEBOW: You know, what I share in this book, I think, more than anything is, you know, I pray that somehow through this game I will be able to honor him, be able to inspire someone, be able to…

O’REILLY: You can do that, sure, by your fame.

TEBOW: But just by how I play.

O’REILLY: The controversy that put you on the map, as far as spirituality is concerned, was the abortion commercial. Do you still get jazzed by that? People remember that and they…

TEBOW: They do remember it. I’ll get asked about it quite a bit.

PAM TEBOW, TIM’S MOTHER: I call him my miracle baby. He almost didn’t make it into this world. I can remember so many times when I almost lost him. It was so hard.

TEBOW: It was honestly — it wasn’t judging anyone or putting anyone down.


TEBOW: It was celebrating my mom’s decision.

O’REILLY: Right.

TEBOW: And honestly just telling a story and a special story. And, you know, I think we’re very blessed to have the opportunity to tell that story.

O’REILLY: You don’t seem to me like a guy that cares about money or fame that much.

TEBOW: You know, any time of the day that can pop up. You think, oh, this is a great deal. Let me think beyond that. What is — you know, what is the underlying factor? how can I influence someone with that?

And that’s why, more than anything, more than doing it as many doors open as I could all season, anything like that. My No. 1 focus was on my foundation, the Tim Tebow Foundation, to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in the darkest hour of need.

O’REILLY: Do you ever get heckled? “Hey, you’re a Boy Scout,” all of that? They’re yelling at you?

TEBOW: Absolutely.

Tim Tebow rallies the Broncos and may be a starter soon

I think the world of the character of Tim Tebow.


Tim Tebow played well in a reserve role Sunday, but did he play himself into a starting quarterback job?

Well, Tebow’s loyal fanbase certainly thinks so after the former Heisman Trophy winner tried to rally the Denver Broncos, even though they ended up losing to the San Diego Chargers, 29-24.

But Denver Coach John Fox isn’t about to give in to Tebowmania just yet. Despite hearing chants of “Tebow! Tebow!” as his team left the field, Fox said he’ll have to watch game film and consult with his assistants before making a decision as to who he’ll start at quarterback against Miami when the team returns from its bye week.

Should the Broncos start Tim Tebow at quarterback?

Tebow ran for a touchdown and threw for another after replacing starting quarterback Kyle Orton in the third quarter. He had a shot of winning the game, but threw an incomplete pass into the end zone as time expired.

Tebow completed four of 10 passes for 79 yards and picked up 38 yards in six carries.

After the game, Tebow didn’t speculate on whether he’d be starting an NFL game soon.

“I have no idea,” Tebow said. “Thankfully, I don’t have to make those decisions. Other people do that and I just go play football.”

What do you think? Should Tebow be made a starter or should the Broncos stick with Orton?


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— Austin Knoblauch

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Credit: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images

Tim Tebow being persecuted for his Christian faith?

It is clear to me that Tim Tebow is trusting in the Lord and he does not want to get discouraged by the world’s negativity. However, I do not think that he believes that if you have faith then you will become rich and everything you do will bring success as the world thinks of the word. Jeremiah was called the “weeping prophet” and he was killed but he was successful at getting the warning out to God”s people about the coming time of judgement.

Anugrah Kumar of the Christian Post Magazine had a fine article that I wanted to share with you.  

Florida Quarterback Tim Tebow
(Photo: AP Photo / Dave Martin, File


Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has come under attack from sports analysts for being vocal about the role his Christian faith plays in his National Football League career.

Before his second professional season has even begun, naysayers are questioning his confidence that relies on his Christian beliefs.

CBSSports.com national columnist Gregg Doyel recently analyzed Tebow’s interview with Denver Post and said the way he equated his love for God in heaven with tangible rewards on earth amounted to blasphemy. The interview was prompted by reports that Tebow might not begin the season as Denver’s starting quarterback.

Doyel’s analysis angered Tebow’s fans. “Dude, your article bothers me. You know dang well that you painted Tebow as a religious nut-job,” complained one Daniel Liebman. Doyel Friday responded to what he described as “hate mails” from “Tebow fanatics.”

“I didn’t paint him as a religious nut-job. Tebow’s the one holding the brush. I just hung his art on the wall and asked you folks to take a look,” the columnist said.

“Your article on Christian faith is extremely offensive,” wrote another fan, Chance Jones. “I have forwarded my thoughts to many individuals at CBS Sports and will no longer be a customer.” Doyel listed the responses sent by Tebow’s fans followed by a statement defending his analysis.

While Tebow is not known to have responded to criticism, he posted “Joshua 1:19” on his Facebook page Friday. The verse, which reads, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go,” alluded to the charge.

Debi Albritton, a fan commented, saying, “Your faith and your continued show of faith even against all the naysayers is a testament to all Christians. May God bless you and continue to strengthen you against all the adversity you receive!”

Doyel’s article juxtaposed views that suggest “Tebow will never be a good NFL quarterback,” with his confidence in God for his success. “He doesn’t believe it. Which is fine… But check out the reason why he doesn’t believe it,” the sports columnist continued.

Then Doyel quoted Tebow as saying, “Others who say I won’t make it are wrong. They don’t know what I’m capable of and what’s inside me. My family and my friends have been bothered by what’s gone on, and I tell them to pay no attention to it. I’m relying as always on my faith.”

“He’ll make it in this league – for the Bible tells him so,” Doyel remarked. “From the outside it looks like Tebow equates his love for God in heaven with tangible rewards here on earth. And that’s more than wrong. It’s blasphemy.” However, Doyel claimed he had nothing against Tebow or his God and that he considered him the nicest person he had ever met.

Collin Hansen, editorial director of The Gospel Coalition, in a blog Friday, commented on the controversy involving Doyel and Tebow.

“I’m not sure if Doyel knows what blasphemy is, or the seriousness of the charge he’s leveling against Tebow,” Hansen commented. “Tebow could be saying he relies on his faith to withstand criticism and pressure, not that he finds assurance in his future as a starting quarterback because God loves him.”

However, Doyel agrees Tebow’s life has been “grandiose.”

“He was the best high school player in America. The best college player in America, and one of the most accomplished players – one Heisman, two national titles – in history. A first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2010.”

At college in Florida, Tebow frequently wore biblical verses on his eye black. In the 2009 Bowl Championship Series, he wore “John 3:16” on his eye paint, reportedly causing 92 million people to search the verse on Google. Later, Tebow switched to “Proverbs 3:5-6,” again causing 3.43 million searches of the verse together with “Tim Tebow.”