Kurt Warner frequently brought up his own Christian faith while he was an NFL quarterback. Now, though, he's told the Arizona Republic he thinks fellow believer and QB Tim Tebow should tone down his own religion talk.
You can't help but cheer for a guy like that,Warner said to the Republic. But I'd tell him, 'Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you're living. Let your teammates do the talking for you. Let them cheer on your testimony.'
Tebow has been frequently discussing his religion since he was in college at Florida. During his college years, he'd write a Bible verse on his eye black and sometimes spent his summers doing missionary work. He also starred in an anti-abortion Super Bowl commercial with his mother in 2010.
He's also become notable this year for his kneeling to pray before games or after big plays--which has reulted in the online meme of Tebowing, and in other NFL players striking the same pose against the Broncos.
Warner's comments come on the heels of another former quarterback, Jake Plummer--who played in Denver--calling Tebow out for prosthelytizing too frequently.
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I think he's a winner, and I respect that about him. I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ, then I think I'll like him even better. I don't hate him because of that. I just would rather not have to hear that every single time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff. Like, you know, I understand, dude, where you're coming from. . . . But he is a baller, Plummer said on a radio show, according to the Republic.
Tebow was homeschooled when he was a teenager due to his families religious beliefs. His father is a pastor and conducts Christian missions.
Tebow reponded to Plummer by saying he couldn't stop talking about his faith.
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 every opportunity? he said, according to a the Denver CBS affiliate. And that's how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ is that it is the most important thing in my life. So any time I get an opportunity to tell him that I love him or given an opportunity to shout him out on national TV, I'm gonna take that opportunity. And so I look at it as a relationship that I have with him that I want to give him the honor and glory anytime I have the opportunity. And then right after I give him the honor and glory, I always try to give my teammates the honor and glory.