Joe, Tim, Mark, Peyton, and John

My new hero, Tim Tebow, is a Jet, and my old hero, Joe Namath, doesn’t like it. Actually, I’m with Joe, but not because I want to protect Mark Sanchez’s fragile psyche. I just want to make sure that Tim gets good coaching and continues his work to become a better passer. (He’s already a great runner, a proven winner, and an outstanding leader.)

I’m afraid New York, with a clown of a coach and an offensive coordinator who loves to run the wildcat, will relegate Tim to being an offensive curiosity, and that his development as an NFL quarterback will be stunted. I do believe, however, that Tim will be able to handle the bright lights. He has always wanted a bigger platform for his faith; now, if possible, he’s got it.

And, as for the Broncos and John Elway, a few questions: (1) Where do I trade in my No. 15 jersey? (2) Will they be pleased with dumping Tebow–on whom they poured effusive praise on his way out the door–if Peyton Manning fails to get them past the second round of the playoffs–where Tebow brought them–this year? (3) Despite Manning’s greatness, how does the Denver locker room feel about this? (4) Does Elway realize that Tim has a better playoff winning percentage (1-1 record) than Manning (9-10), who has won one fewer Super Bowl than his brother, and who is one good neck shot away from retirement?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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