Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who is preparing for a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend, is one of the most polarizing athletes of our time.
After comic Bill Maher mocked Tebow recently, another prominent figure has joined the anti-Tebow bandwagon.
Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker Terrell Suggs told ESPN that he is less than enthused about Tebow.
“He’s all right. He’s all right,” Suggs told Skip Bayless, ESPN reporter.
“Come on now, let’s be honest, Skip. I can put up the numbers [Tebow] was [putting up]. It’s all about numbers, baby. Give me a shot. Let’s see what we can do, create my own offense and hopefully my kicker can nail a 62-yarder to bail me out a few times, Jesus shows up.
Suggs then said: That boy [Tebow] be praying on the sidelines, boy. I don’t feel comfortable [if] I’ve got to pray every fourth quarter like, ‘Oh my God, please come save me again.’ Let’s just go out there and win the game.”
Like Maher before him, Suggs criticized Tebow’s conspicuous religious displays on the playing field, like praying on one bended knee, now known as Tebowing.
With all due respect, we don't pray on the sideline, Suggs said.
We do -- we give it up to God to keep us safe and healthy. When our quarterback prays, he's like, 'God, sit on the couch and enjoy this. Thank you for blessing me and letting me wake up and play this game. I'm going to impress you.'
When Bayless countered that Tebow had a successful season (going 7-4 as a starter) and beat the Oakland Raiders to win the AFC West, Suggs responded: He didn’t win the AFC West. Oakland lost it.
In addition, Suggs favored his own quarterback at Baltimore, Joe Flacco, over Tebow.
“Are you kidding me? Why don’t you like my quarterback, Skip? Is it his mustache? Is it his eyebrows? Is it because Tim Tebow is prettier?” Suggs said.
“I understand you’ve got your man crush, but you can’t force that on the rest of us. We here in Baltimore, we’ve got a quarterback that fits our personality. … I love the kid. He plays football. He’s my quarterback. I stand by him. And I love him on the sidelines with the ice in his veins. I just feel awesome about him.”
The Ravens themselves beat the Cincinnati Bengals to win the AFC North. They could conceivably play the Broncos for the AFC title if the Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday.