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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Updated: January 13, 7:35 PM ET
Can we just give Tebow, not God, the credit?

By Julie Foudy

I've been officially sucked in. I just cannot resist weighing in on this Tebow chatter. I find it incredibly entertaining and absolutely absurd at the same time. I would compare it to watching "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" … if I ever indeed broke down and watched the Kardashians (God, or Tim Tebow, help me if that happens).

Let's review the highly entertaining part.

The Denver Broncos dropped four of their first five games this season with Kyle Orton as their starting quarterback. Enter Timmy Tebow. Tebow came in as the newly appointed savior (yes, that was too easy), and Denver went from a diabolical 1-4 to a miraculous 8-5. Tebow won seven of his first eight starts … and that came after no one (minus Skip Bayless) had given him a fighting chance to turn Denver's poor season around. The Broncos did have a three-game skid to finish the regular season at 8-8, but that just gave the script more drama.

Hollywood on Line 1 … God on Line 2 …

And that is exactly where it turns to the absurd, which, in full disclosure, I can't get enough of (especially this talk of divine intervention).

Yes, the Broncos' win against the Steelers in the AFC wild-card game was indeed special. Yes, Tebow threw for 316 yards and averaged 31.6 yards per completion, and the national TV rating peaked at 31.6 when Tebow's game-winning touchdown pass was thrown. Yes, John 3:16 is the quarterback's favorite biblical verse.

I might be struck by lightning for this one (it would not be the first time), but for god's sake, Tebow is not the second coming. I do believe in divine intervention, but I don't think this is divine intervention. This is Tebine intervention.

Can we please just give Tebow, not God, the credit? -- *

The dude can flat-out lead a team. Tebow is a fighter; no, Tebow is a gladiator. He might not throw for 300 to 400 yards a game like some other quarterbacks in the NFL (shooooooot, he might not even throw for 50 in some games), but who cares? Who cares what his throwing motion looks like? Who cares whether his passes sometimes look like wounded ducks? Has anyone ever seen Jim Furyk's golf swing? It has been described as an octopus falling out of a tree, but he's still fourth on the career money leaders list after earning almost $50 million.

Tebow wins. He is selfless, he is humble, he praises his teammates and, most importantly, he makes those around him believe they can win. You don't need a dictionary on hand to know that those characteristics define a leader. Players might not agree with his religious beliefs, but they like and respect Tebow and love to play alongside him. It is no coincidence that our best U.S. women's national teams, which went on to win at the Olympics and World Cups, were teams chock-full of this type of player. We loved to be around each other and would run through walls for each other. Tebow brings that critical, prized element to a team.

Equally important: Tebow is a refreshing change from the negative press we often read about … players beating girlfriends or wives, players worried more about "me" than "we," or players misusing privileges as professional athletes.

Thank God (and Tim) for Tebine intervention. What a healthy alternative for young and old alike.

(* -- If Denver beats New England on Saturday, God gets all the credit; that would indeed be divine intervention.)