[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In a time where religious freedom is under constant attack and Christians are the center of the target, there’s great news out of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. Tim Tebow has reached terms of a contract and will sign with the Philadelphia Eagles as a quarterback.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Though the NFL and the media excitedly embraced and praised openly gay football player Michael Sam for his ‘boldness’ in expressing his homosexuality, when Tebow was in the NFL he was ridiculed and attacked for openly displaying his Christianity. While playing with the Denver Broncos, before the Peyton Manning era, Tebow led the team to a playoff win. Despite this success, he was cut from the team.
He spent a year with the New York Jets, though saw little playing time. The New England Patriots signed him in the 2013 preseason, but cut him on August 31, 2013. Tebow’s career in the NFL was deemed to be over. At that time, Tebow tweeted, “I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback.”
The former Heisman trophy winner’s career always seemed to be overshadowed by criticism of his faith. The term ‘Tebowing’ was invented to describe the stance that Tebow took to give glory to God after a touchdown or other big play. Tebow was attacked continuously by the media who believed he should keep his Christianity to himself. This same media has praised Michael Sam for being open about his sex life. Sam never made it unto the football field and was cut from the team before the season began.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]Even though it seemed that many were against Tebow, focused more on their hatred for his openness about his Christianity than his work ethic and dedication to the game, he never gave up. Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN football analyst Trent Dilfer said back in January 2014 that Tebow deserved another chance. Tebow had been working to improve his game. After working with him and seeing his improvement, Dilfer believed that teams should give Tebow another look. Others did not agree.
Tebow worked out with the Philadelphia Eagles a few weeks ago and they obviously liked what they saw. The deal with the 27-year old Tebow will be finalized in time for him to join the team for the beginning of their off-season program on Monday.
The Eagles now have a crowded field on the roster for the quarterback position, which consists of three former first-round picks. In addition to Tebow, Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley remain on the roster. Though Tebow is not guaranteed to be the starter or even the backup, there is one thing that is certain. Tebow will no doubt give glory to God for his opportunity and demonstrate the intense work ethic that he has been known for.
The Tim Tebow era in the NFL is not over.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]