Accomplished

Tim Tebow, 28, who currently has no job in the NFL, has a 9-7 record as a starter, including a spectacular playoff victory over the Steelers. He has thrown 17 touchdowns and only nine interceptions, completing 48 percent of his passes (all before his throwing overhaul). Tim has also rushed for nearly a thousand yards, with an average of five yards per carry. And did I mention that he has scored 12 touchdowns, and his longest run is 40 yards?

Meanwhile, Jimmy Clausen, 28, who is starting this week for the Chicago Bears because of an injury to the mediocre Jay Cutler, has a 1-10 record as a starter. Jimmy has thrown for five touchdowns and 11 interceptions, completing 53 percent of his throws. Jimmy has rushed for 61 yards during his career, averaging 2.2 yards per carry. He has run for zero touchdowns, and his longest run is 11 yards.

So why is Jimmy playing this week while Tim isn’t? There are many quarterbacks on NFL rosters–some of whom are starters–who can’t hold a candle to what Tim Tebow has accomplished, not just in college, but in the pros.

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One more point of comparison: Tim Tebow has six fourth-quarter comebacks and seven game-winning drives; Jimmy Clausen has zero and zero.

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 BreakPoint.org. 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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