While he never believed in separation of church and pigskin as a player, NFL legend Kurt Warner has some surprising advice for pro football’s newest religious poster boy.
Kurt Warner wore his beliefs proudly during a remarkable 12-year career as an NFL quarterback, but he believes Tim Tebow needs to rein in his evangelizing just a little. Although Warner says he’s pulling for the Broncos quarterback to succeed, he has an interesting recommendation for the second-year Broncos star:
“I’d tell him (Tebow), ‘Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you’re living,” Warner told the Arizona Republic. “Let your teammates do the talking for you. Let them cheer on your testimony.”
Warner led lousy franchises in St. Louis and Arizona to the Super Bowl, and now he’s an analyst for the NFL Network. He’s worried Tebow’s religious displays are too much for cynics to bear.
“I know what he’s going through,” Warner told the Republic, “and I know what he wants to accomplish, but I don’t want anybody to become calloused toward Tim because they don’t understand him, or are not fully aware of who he is. And you’re starting to see that a little bit.”
Aside from being considered one of the greatest undrafted players in NFL history, Warner is often remembered for saying, “Thank You Jesus!” moments after his Rams Super Bowl XXXIV victory in 2000. For the rest of his playing days, the former Northern Iowa quarterback would work in faith-based references when speaking with reporters. Now age 40 and in the media, Warner has had a slight change of heart regarding preaching one’s religious beliefs in such a public fashion.
Source: Yahoo The Post Game | Ben Maller