And so the nation's most contentious morality play is finally over, buried in the deep freeze of Foxboro, Mass. by a flurry of passes from the cool QB with the good looks and the super-model wife.
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Tim Tebow -- the righteous virgin who brought the topic of religion and sports to a Mile High crescendo -- no longer over-shadows the playoff scrum to the Super Bowl.
He will be missed by millions of people who have no clue about what a Cover 2 zone means. Their playbook has a deeper context, etched in the values that Tebow has embraced as devout Christian.
The infatuation with Tebow has always been much more than X's and O's. Each of Tebow's NFL games are a referendum on faith, with the haters and the atheists like Bill Maher lining up on one side, squaring off against All Who Believe.
Do you have faith? Are you a good person? Is God on your side?
I hardly think God is picking favorites, though if there is a sports book up there you never know. Did the Big Guy give up the points and take Tom Brady and the Patriots Saturday night?
Tebow would never joke about that because he is a young man of strong faith, something that seems to be extremely troublesome for some people.
Perhaps it's because it forces us to look deeper at ourselves and wonder if there is an after-life, and whether or not our actions will deem us worthy of eternal salvation.
The Tebowing craze overwhelmed this country in recent weeks, as all sorts of people got swept up by his polarizing presence. And yes much of it was E-S-P-N/media driven.
But there was a reason for that: People craved it. I doubt that the record 9,420 tweets generated by a sports moment after Tebow's heroics against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week were all the work of professional journalists.
SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel