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Tim Tebow Blackballed From NFL Due To Christian Beliefs?

Tim Tebow Blackballed From NFL Due To Christian Beliefs?

NFL insiders say media hype saw Tim Tebow blackballed. But is the blackballing of Tim Tebow more directly related to Tebow’s very public stance on his Christian beliefs?

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Michael Silver says Tim Tebow was blackballed:

“Yet as Tim Tebow’s career wheezes to an underwhelming halt, with less apparent interest in his services than Massachusetts funeral parlors have in Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s remains, something strange is happening. Against all odds, I’m starting to wonder whether the man who helped the Denver Broncos become one of the league’s most stunning success stories in 2011 is getting unjustly blackballed.”

If Tim Tebow is being blackballed for media hype it seems obvious Tebow’s Christian beliefs is the 300 pound elephant in the room. While, yes, there are plenty of Christians in the NFL who’ve taken bold stances, Tim Tebow’s blackballing becomes more noticeable precisely because Tim Tebow’s walk as a Christian was so squeaky clean. Still, if Tim Tebow felt the sting of any personal bias I’m sure most of it was due to the media circus, not Tebow’s own actions off the field. The point is that the media circus occurred because of Tebow’s strong stance on Christianity, not in spite of it.

Tim Tebow became well known for humbly giving all praise to his team, wearing the Bible verse John 3:16 on his face, and for his “tebowing” to praise God for any victory, even if small. Tim Tebow has written books on the subject and loves to serve at churches. Funnily enough, when Tim Tebow faced the Steelers in 2011, the Nielsen rating of 31.6 and Tebow’s passing yards (316) and yards per completion (31.6) evoked the Bible’s John 3:16.

Some people like to say it’s not Tim Tebow’s Christian beliefs but his NFL stats as a quarterback. Well, Tim Tebow’s limitations as a quarterback were known before Tim Tebow earned a Heisman trophy, a BCS National Championship, three team MVP’s and dozens of records including the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, and first round pick in the NFL draft. So there’s definitely more to Tim Tebow being blackballed than that.

While Tim Tebow’s NFL statistics show him to be an average-to-below-average NFL quarterback, he was supposedly a fantastic leader with the Broncos. Tim Tebow was even named Forbes’ most influential athlete for the year. In 2012, Tim Tebow was ranked number 95 by his peers in the NFL Top 100. Near the end of the 2011-2012 season, Tim Tebow was ranked number five out of the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks.

So, yeah, while Tim Tebow was obviously not a quarterback superstar with his throwing arm, Tim Tebow was never given a serious chance by the New York Jets. Other NFL quarterbacks who did worse overall than Tim Tebow in 2011-2012 are still in the NFL while Tebow was tossed to the wind as a free agent.

Do you think Tim Tebow was blackballed for his Christian beliefs?

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61 Responses to “Tim Tebow Blackballed From NFL Due To Christian Beliefs?”

  1. Max Ibanez

    "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others.' – Matthew 6:5.

  2. Max Ibanez

    "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others.' – Matthew 6:5.

  3. Lester F. Aponte

    He is not being "blackballed." He has a proven record in the NFL now. And he's proven he's not an NFL caliber staring quarterback. You are essentially demanding that NFL teams, whose mission is to make money. hire this guy despite his glaring limitations just because you like his religion.

  4. Lester F. Aponte

    He is not being "blackballed." He has a proven record in the NFL now. And he's proven he's not an NFL caliber staring quarterback. You are essentially demanding that NFL teams, whose mission is to make money. hire this guy despite his glaring limitations just because you like his religion.

  5. James Crafford

    Saying Praise God every 10 seconds does not make one a good quarterback!

  6. James Crafford

    Saying Praise God every 10 seconds does not make one a good quarterback!

  7. Shelby Wright Watters

    But you have to admit, there are worse quarterbacks in the league right now. I don't think he's being blackballed because of his religion, but I know teams like mine (Cardinals) would love to have a QB like Tebow who has the heart and dedication to play maybe not the talent of Tom Brady, but heart goes a long way.

  8. Shelby Wright Watters

    But you have to admit, there are worse quarterbacks in the league right now. I don't think he's being blackballed because of his religion, but I know teams like mine (Cardinals) would love to have a QB like Tebow who has the heart and dedication to play maybe not the talent of Tom Brady, but heart goes a long way.

  9. Clint Dawley

    The game is all about money, actually. Tebow could have been a screaming pansy and if he delivered he'd be worshipped by the masses.

  10. Clint Dawley

    The game is all about money, actually. Tebow could have been a screaming pansy and if he delivered he'd be worshipped by the masses.

  11. Susan Vorbeck

    His stats show he's not a quality player. This isn't a game of who's the nicest and who has the best morals. It's football man! He just didn't have it in him to play with the big guys and you can't have that in a quarterback!

  12. Susan Vorbeck

    His stats show he's not a quality player. This isn't a game of who's the nicest and who has the best morals. It's football man! He just didn't have it in him to play with the big guys and you can't have that in a quarterback!

  13. Renee' Smith

    While he may not be "an NFL caliber starting quarterback", Tebow has proven he does have some talent. If he's being blackballed due to his lack of talent, then shouldn't they also be blackballing DeMarcus Russel, Tony Romo, Mark Sanchez, just to name a few? These qbs have done next to nothing to help their teams, yet they keep getting jobs, or keeping jobs(in Sanchez's and Romo's cases). Tebow DOES have talent, it may not be NFL caliber qb talent, but has anyone thought of possibly making him a full back, or tight end? Geez!

  14. Renee' Smith

    While he may not be "an NFL caliber starting quarterback", Tebow has proven he does have some talent. If he's being blackballed due to his lack of talent, then shouldn't they also be blackballing DeMarcus Russel, Tony Romo, Mark Sanchez, just to name a few? These qbs have done next to nothing to help their teams, yet they keep getting jobs, or keeping jobs(in Sanchez's and Romo's cases). Tebow DOES have talent, it may not be NFL caliber qb talent, but has anyone thought of possibly making him a full back, or tight end? Geez!

  15. World Around You

    Troy Polamalu (who I adore) is an orthodox christian, and he displays his beliefs on the field all the time. Why don't people just say that Tebow is not a good quarterback, and stop finding other excuses as to why no team really wants him.

  16. World Around You

    Troy Polamalu (who I adore) is an orthodox christian, and he displays his beliefs on the field all the time. Why don't people just say that Tebow is not a good quarterback, and stop finding other excuses as to why no team really wants him.

  17. Aaron McFadden

    I think it had more to do with the career passer rating numbers. Oh, and the big media circus that follows him around and distracts from everyone and everything else. As a GM, you would have to be desperate, stupid or both to want to make your "team" have to swallow this pill. May as well just change the name of the team to Tim Tebow, because that's all anyone would talk about.

  18. Aaron McFadden

    I think it had more to do with the career passer rating numbers. Oh, and the big media circus that follows him around and distracts from everyone and everything else. As a GM, you would have to be desperate, stupid or both to want to make your "team" have to swallow this pill. May as well just change the name of the team to Tim Tebow, because that's all anyone would talk about.

  19. Tanya R. Connie

    Tim hasn't been given a real chance! u don't pay millions of dollars for a guy like him and screw him over which is what the jets did! they wanted to use his name not him and I hope he can find a team that can use his skills and talent and give him a true chance! they are qb's worst than him that are out there! GL TIM:-)!

  20. Tanya R. Connie

    Tim hasn't been given a real chance! u don't pay millions of dollars for a guy like him and screw him over which is what the jets did! they wanted to use his name not him and I hope he can find a team that can use his skills and talent and give him a true chance! they are qb's worst than him that are out there! GL TIM:-)!

  21. David Santiago

    What would you think if T.T had been muslim and after every pass had knelt down in the direction of Mecca to pray and then had been blackedballed? Tim Tebow missed his calling and he still has time to correct his mistake by going to bible college to become a pastor and then open his church. The fact that his god is showing him the way; He can Tebow to that.

  22. David Santiago

    What would you think if T.T had been muslim and after every pass had knelt down in the direction of Mecca to pray and then had been blackedballed? Tim Tebow missed his calling and he still has time to correct his mistake by going to bible college to become a pastor and then open his church. The fact that his god is showing him the way; He can Tebow to that.

  23. Paula Qualls Gurley

    Why do you quote from what you don't believe in? Isn't that hypocrisy?

  24. Paula Qualls Gurley

    Why do you quote from what you don't believe in? Isn't that hypocrisy?

  25. Benjamin Ramos Jr

    Shelby Wright Watters — If that were the case shelby, the Cardinals would have picked up Tebow instead ofo or along with Carson Palmer don't you think?

  26. Benjamin Ramos Jr

    Shelby Wright Watters — If that were the case shelby, the Cardinals would have picked up Tebow instead ofo or along with Carson Palmer don't you think?

  27. Jim McCarty

    Yes. He has been blackballed. But God opens and closes doors not the nfl and not tebow. So time will tell

  28. Barrett Harsch

    Brady Quinn in worse than Tim tebow. Last year he threw 2 Tds and 9ints but got signed right away by the Seahawks. Tebows limited but he wins. Quinn is limited and loses something doesn't add up

  29. Barrett Harsch

    His stats show he took a losing team to the playoffs and won a playoff game. With 5 fourth quarter comebacks

  30. Kenneth Cain

    Blackballed is a strong description that doesn't fit here. Sure there are quarterbacks not as good in the NFL, but they aren't hyped to the point of distraction to the rest of the team efforts, and they can't command the paycheck Tebow gets either. Much of this is just media and circumstances beyond Tebows control, but to say he is being persecuted for his religion is just trying to create something that isn't really there. Also grown men don't need one of their peers lecturing them and quoting scripture in the huddle, he did bring alot of this on himself by making his religion part of his public persona and not a private matter.

  31. Carolyn Camp

    I can assure you Tim knows who will take care of him, and he is not worried at all. I admire someone who stands up publicly for what he believes, if we had more like him, our country would not be in the shape it is in now. Thank you Tim!

  32. Debra D. Crampton

    If he is, it's a shame! It's okay for all others to profess and confess what they do, but when a Christian stands up for his/her beliefs they have to walk on egg shells. WOW! All the accolades he's received, etc., and yet he's being let go…hummm…makes you wonder…doesn't it!

  33. Benjamin Ramos Jr

    When you compare numbers, try comparing the teams as well, the broncos have an outstanding team and tebow could only win a couple of games with them, quinn played for the chiefs, im sorry, but can you tell me a good qb the chiefs have EVER had? Also quinn proved himself in college by being a qb, tebow however proved himself by running and throwing the ball occasionally. If Tebow would agree to change positions, I bet he would get picked up right away, if he worked at it, he could be a great tight end. Fact is he sucks as a qb and has no history of being able to effectively pass the ball! — P.S. when naming the chiefs only good quarterback (joe montan) can you tell me his numbers with them? I bet ya they were pretty horrible!!

  34. Benjamin Ramos Jr

    Not at all if your a football fan! I'd rather have a qb on my team that can help me win over having someone on my team because he is christian. Last time i checked, his praying didnt put numbers up on the scoreboard!

  35. Gail Finnell

    Barrett Harsch – You have to be able to repeat that, which he didn't. You have to be consistent in the NFL.

  36. Richard Nicoletti

    Now if he had come out of the closet as gay, he would have been put on the front page of Sports Illustrated. We have some strange beliefs these days.

  37. Kenneth Moore

    Pointing out the hypocrisy of others is not hypocritical in itself. Using the literature of the hyper religious to point out their misuse of such should be taken as a "teachable moment" by those engaging in such behaviors.

  38. Patrick Frye

    The point is that the media circus occurred because of Tebow's strong stance on Christianity, not in spite of. Still, if Tim Tebow felt any bias I'm sure most of it was due to the media circus, not Tebow's own actions.

  39. Yentle Dyas

    If he'd play as a running back, he'd get a team, but he refuses to play any other position. He's very talented, but maybe QB isn't the right fit for him. It's got nothing to do with religion.

  40. Chris Stresing

    @Benjamin.. Yeah, I can, Joe Montana lol.. And I don't understand how people can possibly justify the logic in their head saying what you just did. "The Broncos have an outstanding team and Tebow could only win a couple of games with them."

    That same team had a negative record with Kyle Orton under center. Same defense, same running game, same everything except for the part where they were winning. I do not think Tim Tebow is being blackballed for being so outwardly Christian. I suppose it could be a part of it but I doubt it because Kurt Warner was also very vocal about his faith and he is considered one of the best success stories in NFL history. It is the circus he brings with him. Tebow needs to issue a public statement to his fans begging them to essentially shut up for the sake of his career.

    The bottom line is this. The NFL has started to see a major influx of mobile QB's who can also throw the ball but at the end of the day the old guard(Elway is a perfect example) still want a QB who can stand in the pocket and deliver the ball. The legs should ALWAYS be a secondary weapon for a QB. Guys like Kaep and RGIII are a good example of that. As is Aaron Rodgers. They don't have to be statues like Brady(although for a statue his pocket awareness and subsequent movement is highly impressive) but the reason Tim Tebow is not on an NFL team is because of the fact his legs are his PRIMARY weapon. That is not a recipe for continued success. Add the circus and that is why he is not getting signed as a backup. They are not willing to deal with a backup QB who gets more media attention than half the starting QB's in the NFL at least.

    So as my comment started out doing I am giving Tebow credit where credit is due. What he did in Denver was amazing but fans of his are too short sighted. NFL defenses had no idea how to stop him because his play is so wildly erratic. You assume run on every down and when he passes, most of the time he gets poor results but when he hits his magic button that one throw that had to land for them to have a shot lands as if it was Brady throwing it. It was an amazing thing to witness and his game at Pittsburgh in the playoffs was one for the record books. Problem is when you talk about guys like Kaep and RGIII they already have solid accuracy and pocket awareness. As teams re-teach themselves how to stop the read option those QB's will be counted on to progress using their primary weapon which as I said for a qb should always be the arm. If they do that and continue to evolve as pure passers they can be just as effective as the prototypical pocket passer is. Tim Tebow on the other hand will begin to get crushed because his release, inability to read even basic defenses and adapt will get exposed, period. He was a human version of a sucker punch that entire season. No friggen idea it was coming but that was a one time thing and referencing his college success as if to say well they couldn't figure him out so who says the NFL teams will is ridiculous. Tebow would fail long term as a QB without immediate and drastic improvement to his actual passing game.

  41. Chris Stresing

    As for Montana's stats on the Chiefs he still completed 60 percent of his passes over both seasons and when you consider he only threw for over 30 TD's once in his career his TD output was not that bad. Still had just a shade under a 2:1 TD/INT ratio as well.

  42. Rachel Corso Poland

    Let's get real. These decisions are all about the Benjamins. No-one in NFL management anywhere would care one whit about his religion if the guy produced for them. Apparently, he didn't.

  43. Bernadette Brimm Rains

    I do not know if the NFL has blackballed Tim Tebow, but I know I have blackballed the NFL until Tim is playing somewhere. I no longer pull for the Colts, or the Broncos and I hate the Jets and their coach! I watch tons of NFL games every year, but I have really lost interest in their petty little game. I just hope their next strike lasts for years!

  44. Joan Johnson

    Were you in the huddle????How do you know what was or wasn't said? He isn't pushing his beliefs off on you or anyone else. He is just stating how he feels, it is the media that makes a mountain out of a mole hill. I guarantee if he had won for the Broncos he wouldn't be in this position right now..

  45. Harry Apol

    The NFL standard for "Protected Players" is Richie Incognito – run amok, run amok, run amok with many teams, many diverse "dark side" behaviors – and WHO CARES…. Let the Beat GO ON….

    But the Most "Non Protected Player" is the consistent Vocal Christian – who repeatedly will not KNUCKLE UNDER, and submit to the DEMANDS for him to be "A Secret Service Christian..

    But Boldly and Consistently, as a priority in his life, Testifies PUBLICALLY on behalf of his LORD AND SAVIOUR,
    JESUS CHRIST!

    The Puppet Masters of $$ and Control – cannot stand this – so the word evidently went out – he must be stopped !

    INCOGNITO and his fellow lackies are there Heroes…. TEBOW IS TO BE CRUSHED !!

  46. Anonymous

    Yes, he has been blackballed. Perhaps for his own beliefs, but more likely for not being a pawn in the political agendas of others. See: DeMaurice Smith. "We are in LOCK STEP with organized labor"?? WOW-that's creepy!! Why does the NFLPA rep need to involve himself (his muscle) into state level politics??? How is it the NFLPA rep's business/concern what is happening in Indiana? Isn't that between Indiana residents, taxpayers, and those they elect to represent them w/o this guy (who is very well connected to Penn Ave in DC–go figure!) strong arming them and 'nudging' players to 'sign on' to the cause??? Again, CUH-reepy!!! This 'circus' excuse is just that–an excuse & smoke screen. Teams, cities, owners WANT a circus–circus sells! Ever hear of one DAVID BECKHAM? The guy who was brought in to cause/bring along a–you guessed it–circus. T.O.? Ocho Cinco?? Cha-ching Cha-ching Cha-ching. Three Cha-ching Circus.