Athlete's piety overshadows playoffs

Tim Tebow, the devout Christian QB for the Denver Broncos, puts his onfield performance down to power of prayer.

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    Tim Tebow, currently rated as America's favourite athlete, is a devout Christian who, along with startling last-minute victories for the Denver Broncos, has a knack for putting his faith on public display, a practice which has earned him the title God's Quarterback.

    "Tebowing", or kneeling in prayer after a touchdown, has become a highly emulated trend in the US, and Tebow himself has been praised as a role model by conservative politicians in the US. However, some are put off by his brazen displays of religiosity on the playing field.

    The 24-year-old's professions of faith, both on and off the field, may have overshadowed the National Football League playoffs, but his prayers could not produce a miracle in the Quarterback's latest playoff game against New England. The Tom Brady-led Patriots beat the Broncos 45-10.

    Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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