Athlete's piety overshadows playoffs

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

    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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