Tim Tebow is no longer allowed to paint his favorite verse, John 3:16, on his face, but that does not seem to be stopping the Denver Broncos' quarterback.
In a gripping game Sunday, the Broncos overtook the Pittsburgh Steelers in an overtime victory of 29-23. As if the win were not dramatic enough, the victory was overshadowed by a seemingly supernatural phenomenon.
Known by many as God's Quarterback, Tebow frequently thanks the Lord following wins and has painted favored verses from the Bible on his face before NCAA games prior to the ban in 2010.
Fans were therefore astonished when Tebow passed a shocking 316 yards in ten throws against the Steelers or approximately 31.6 yards per throw. Tebow set an NFL playoff record by averaging 31.6 yards per completion.
As if Tebow's throws were not enough proof of divine intervention, Sports Business Journal reporter, John Ourand, also reports that the final quarter-hour rating for the night, which included the winning score, was 31.6.
Following the game, Tebow made no reference to the eerie coincidence, but did praise the Lord and Jesus Christ.
First and foremost I just want to thank my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. He's done so much in my life, Tebow said after the game.
Tebow has been known to favor verse John 3:16, a favorite among Christians, which states: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
As the playoffs continue, sports fans are left wondering: Is Tebow's luck a statistical coincidence or is God on the Broncos' side?
The young player frequently wore references to biblical verses, such as John 3:16, as eye-black during his run as a college football quarterback for the Florida Gators. During the 2009 BCS Championship game, Tebow infamously wore an eye-black face inscription with the words John 3:16. Led by Tebow's two touchdown passes, the Gators beat the Oklahoma Sooners 24-14.
In 2010, messages printed in eye paint were banned for the NCAA football season. Although the media dubbed the new regulation, The Tebow Rule, the NCAA denies that the new prohibition was in any way influenced by Tebow. The NFL already has rules preventing players from printing messages on eye-black and Tebow would therefore not be allowed to wear inscriptions as a player for the Broncos.