DENVER (CBS Denver) — Only Tim Tebow could turn his passing yards into a biblical passage.

In a thrilling 29-23 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Denver Broncos quarterback threw for 316 yards and set a postseason record of averaging 31.6 yards per completion.

The religious aspect takes shapes with the number 316 because one of Tebow’s favorite Bible passage is John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Tebow would put “John 3:16” on his eye-black during his playing days at the University of Florida.

The Broncos will continue to seek “eternal” life in the playoffs Saturday as they hope to take down the New England Patriots.

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  3. Jtc says:

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  5. Jim Freilinger says:

    Tebow is too into himself. He can probably walk on water too- just ask him. Before he took his first snap in the NFL, he was having signing appearences. He’s a Punk!

  6. scott says:

    Tebow is not flaunting his religion around, he has never said his faith in Christ helped him win. He is just acknowledging the opportunity he was given, which is called LIFE. I like Tebow, but basically all these people denying him are just jealous of what he is doing with HIS OPPORTUNITY. Maybe these people need to do something with their opportunity instead of hating on Tebow because he’s doing good in life.

  7. scott says:

    The funny thing is if Tim Tebow leads the Broncos to the Super Bowl and wins, people that DENY Christ will still be making fun of Tebow and his faith. And the first thing he’ll do when they win is say a prayer like he always does and people will still have something rude to say about HIS LIFE and HIS BELIEFS. But it seems okay to all the people doubting Tebow when athletes get drunk and go to the strip club after they win the Super Bowl. And i guess it is also okay when athletes get drunk and end up killing someone drunk driving. Tebow hasn’t said anything negative to his doubters or non-believers, all he wants is to be accepted for who he is and it seems he is doing pretty good in life, even better then most the people DENYING him. I’m a Christian, but i am also a Christian that accepts any religion because it is a right to believe in what you want and everyone should LOVE each other and with faith that can happen. But if people in this world keep DENYING people who have done no harm to them (Christ, Tebow) then LOVE on earth will never be accomplished. That’s why there is a day called Judgement Day, so do what you have to do to LIVE FOREVER and don’t knock people that are going to LIVE FOREVER (Christ, Tebow, MYSELF).

  8. Eric says:

    If Tim Tebow’s 316 passing yards reflects John 3:16 then Willis McGahee’s 61 rushing yards reflects Matthew 6:1 – “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (did you get that Tim Tebow?)

  9. B R Atkins says:

    Who put the thought in pittsburg defensive coach head to put all the men on the line as it was going to be a run. Maybe god. who knows. but god works in mysterious ways. ask Robert Griffin 111 of Baylor. he will tell you. now Denver is ready to beat New England. look out.

  10. Josh Biggs says:

    Kram has his head krammed firmly up his own A **..

  11. Dan Roll says:

    There are a lot of fans in Jacksonville that would be happy to take Mr. Tebow off your hands. Don’t forget that for all intents and purposes this young man is still a rookie, and as such, looks pretty good to me. Some pretty good quarterbacks were sent home this weekend, I am glad Timmie was not one of them.
    Go Gators!

  12. FRANKOK says:

    Saw left wing atheist media reports before the game asking : “when will they pull Tebow in the game?
    They were hoping against hope (love and charity).

  13. myohmy says:

    The media likes to inject religion in every aspect of reporting. TThey must be the zealots and religious fanatics.

  14. Kram says:

    It will be a glorious and beautiful Sunday when Tebow gets beat just like the loser he is!!!!!!!

    1. Steven says:

      I could be new to the whole world of sports buutttt I’m not. I am pretty sure losers don’t make it to the playoffs in any professional sport. Thank you for so evidently showing us ignorance is NOT bliss.

      1. Steven says:

        Oh and stupidity doesn’t help your cause especially because the game is on Saturday.

    2. HatERS.hATE says:

      *highfive* well said my friend;well said.

  15. Trent says:…_Call_Out%2C_Cry_and_Wail%21
    Hear the Word of The Lord!…
    Thus says The Lord: O nation, once called of itself “under God”, you have raised yourselves above Me… You shall be brought VERY low! And because you have said within yourselves, even aloud, saying, “We are not under God, nor do we serve any god. Right is wrong, and wrong is right and the right of the individual.” Therefore, because you have spoken in such a manner, you shall surely come to know God!

  16. TromTrom says:

    1 extra yard and he would have hit the mark highlighting the companion verse which is critical for context to Tim’s favorite:

    For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
    John 3:17. KJV.

  17. Monterey says:

    Think what you want to think about anything that’s happened before yesterday. But Tebow’s total yards and average yards per carry of 3:16—-now THAT’S no accident.

  18. Bill Mitchell says:

    The greatest witness in Tim Tebow is not what he says or that he kneels on the sidelines. The greatest witness to his faith is that he just seems so damned happy. Look at the guy talk. His eyes sparkle and you can see he has inner peace. My intellect tells me religious faith is meaningless and silly but Tim Tebow makes me almost want to believe.

    1. Todd says:

      Keep watching, Mr. Mitchell. What you are seeing is exactly what Tim strives for others to see. Not a newly famous pop icon, not a pro athlete, not just a nice guy, but a man whose life is one of faith, and faith his life. The obvious result is the joy and peace you see so unmistakably flowing from him. That, intellect should tell all of us, is real, believable, and worth pursuing.

  19. Jonathan Whitehead says:

    Uhhh, anyone else think it is ironic that Tebow plays for the BRONCOS in this year of “conquest”??

    And, the Revelation:

    “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described in the last book of the New Testament of the Bible, called the Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ to Saint **John** the Evangelist at 6:1-8. The chapter tells of a “‘book’/’scroll’ in God’s right hand that is sealed with seven seals”. The Lamb of God/Lion of Judah (Jesus Christ) opens the first four of the seven seals, which summons forth four beings that ride out on white, red, black, and pale horses. Although some interpretations differ, the four riders are commonly[clarification needed] seen as symbolizing Conquest,[1] War,[2] Famine[3] and Death, respectively. The Christian apocalyptic vision is that the four horsemen are to set a divine apocalypse upon the world as harbingers of the Last Judgment.[4][1]” -wikipedia

    1. Nuschlerclark says:

      Well horses were used as analogies in the old testament as NASCAR Fords and Chevys weren’t around then. And Jesus wasn’t even born yet when the Old Testament took what does this all have to do with Tebow? Tebow is a Christian and Christians hang their hats on the New Testament while Judaism is from the Old…including Revelations. You are all mixed up!

      Is this the only book you have ever read? Shakespeare, Faulkner, Checkov were pretty decent authors also..Expand you reading!

      Do you think God’s mind was revealed through Wikipedia?

      1. Check_Please says:

        Actually, Revelations is in the New Testament

  20. Steeler Fan in Butler says:

    For the record it was Terrel Suggs of the Ravens that said “We don’t need God on our sideline”. The Steelers, particularly Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu, are known for having a profound personal faith in Jesus Christ. As a Steeler fan I must correct your error. I would also note that there has not been one Steeler player or coach to my knowledge who has offered anything but respect for Tim Tebow or the Broncos in general. Quality players and organizations generally respect the same. For what it is worth, I and many of my friends are hoping, (and even praying) that Tebow and the Broncos play well the rest of the way.

    1. Steeler Fan For Life says:

      Ravens has no class they are carrion eaters. As for the Tebow and the Broncos I am now cheering for them all the way even though they beat my Steelers.

  21. ScottinVa says:

    The interesting thing about all this is, if Tebow instead faced Mecca and bowed to “Allah” on the sidelines and spoke unapologetically in interviews about his faith and core beliefs, we’d hear barely a peep in protest. Rants vs. Christianity are easy, with no ramifications. Against muslims… not so. And the haters know it.

    1. Mikey says:

      ^^^ THIS ^^^

    2. Nuschlerclark says:


  22. rjm2238 says:

    This seems an example of typical liberal intolerance. They may not wish to believe in God or religion but that is not enough. They wish that you could not either, and barring that they insult you for believing. It is the same with many things and liberal beliefs, take gun control for example. These people wish to not own a firearm but again, not good enough, they wish that no one be able to own a gun. Basically if you do anything at variance with them or anything they disapprove of you should be laughed at, made fun of or jailed! Libs, who the heII needs them?
    Rich in New Mexico.

    1. Nuschlerclark says:

      I am an atheist and currently live in a country which is 85% atheist..Sweden. but I think Tim Tebow is an extraordinary young man and a good man.

      He doesn’t push his religion on others. The media and people such as rjm2238 seem to hate everyone. Then rjm compares owning a gun to believing in Jesus Christ.
      I don’t push my beliefs (non-beliefs?) on anyone else. I am a very moral and ethical person and no one I am close to knows what I believe in. I don’t tpush it…But it seems that some religious fanatics whether they be Christian, Islam, or Jewish want to undercut others and decide themselves to be superior to others. How very sad.
      I feel Tim Tebow is a marvelous role model.
      And rjm, who are you to tell “Libs” to go to hell? Is this what you have learned following the life of Christ??

  23. Bill says:

    What are the Odds!!! The opposition team stated “We don’t need God on our sidelines” and they go down with John 3:16…If you wrote this in a movie no one would believe it could happen! NO ONE has EVER passed for 31.6 yards per pass before…so to say it was luck is so statistically un-defendable that those who say it are ignorant!

    1. Monterey says:

      You’re right, Bill—the 3:16 stats: that’s no coincidence.

  24. jstain says:

    “DENVER (CBS Denver) — Only Tim Tebow could turn his passing yards into a biblical passage.”

    Can someone show me how Tebow changed the yeards to a biblical passage? I mean, given that the bible is a couple thousand years old in all.. I gues it must be inthe New Testament… Thanks DENVER (CBS Denver) but I suspect you were just trying to be cute in your writing.. FAIL

    1. Brad in Alabama says:

      I am not sure what you are getting at, but Google John 3:16 Rollen Stewart. You’ll see how the John 3:16 reference entered sports.

      Football and John 3:16
      Attend an NFL or college football game, and it’s likely you will spot at least one fan waving a sign with John 3:16. This trend was started by the now incarcerated Rollen Stewart, who attended NFL, NBA, MLB, and Olympic games. At football games Rollen would strategically position himself at the end of the field between the goal posts. A camera angled to display the field goal kick would catch Rollen and his John 3:16 sign.
      Rollen started a trend that has continued, and is especially prominent at college football games, which are of course less regulated than the NFL, MLB, or NBA.

      1. Brad in Alabama says:


        Rollen Frederick Stewart (born February 19, 1944), also known as Rock ‘n’ Rollen and Rainbow Man, was a fixture in American sports culture best known for wearing a rainbow-colored afro-style wig and, later, holding up signs reading “John 3:16” at stadium sporting events around the United States and overseas in the 1970s and 1980s.[1]

        Many of us grew up seeing this man at major televised sporting events. Ironic he’s now in jail.. lol never knew.

  25. David says:

    Gods word and message will reach across the world for everyone hear. He doesn’t care about football, he doesn’t care who wins the Super Bowl, he only wants us to know him. Just as he has done for 2012 years, he uses ordinary people with ordinary skills to spread his word throughout the world. He is clearly speaking to us right now and he is telling us that HE is in control, not us. Just accept it and go with it.

    1. John says:

      You get all of that from a mediocre quarterback having a good game?

      1. DaveinDallas says:

        People look for faith wherever they can find it; some in god and Jesus. Or you, in your boyfriends’ arms.

      2. jstain says:

        that’s cute… do a google on Tebow, bet you get quite a few hits.. got quite a few people talking.

      3. abee says:

        It’s interesting because I’ve observed lots of guys don’t like Tim Tebow. I honestly believe lots of guys are jealous of him. It’s understandable. We should be happy for him. Envy is ugly. Please think about it.

    2. DUDE says:


    3. DUDE says:

      What I ment is I agree 100 percent with David

    4. DUDE says:

      The David that posted the ORIGINAL comment…

  26. glenp says:

    KRAM is a good name now he can go finish up and do it

  27. dcarter says:

    Right on!! Go Tebow.

    1. Kram says:

      no way, down with Tebow

  28. yo says:

    For cyring out loud, he’s good quarterback, he’s not jesus…

    1. Josh Biggs says:

      fry me a liver yo

    2. Victor says:

      He is not Jesus, but he surely is on his side

    3. jstain says:

      “..he’s not jesus…”… as hard as I search, Google, BING… I can’t find one single quote whwere Tebow said he’s Jesus… In fact I can’t find any link to anywhere that he’s claimed anything other than is Love of Jesus Christ. If someone has a link I’d like to see it…

  29. Red Pill says:

    The statistical probability of this is relatively close to impossible.

  30. Juanita says:

    Tim Tebow is very secure in his Savior. It isn’t that God cares about football or the Denver Broncos. But in scipture…it states to ask God for the desires of your heart! Go Tebow!!! From Louisiana!

  31. Whyhate says:

    Wow… that is amazing. Not looking for signs but wow. God does work in mysterious ways.

  32. Fastpaws says:

    Kram – he already has his own savior.

    1. cary says:

      well said. So many haters. I guess when it looks good for Gods people those who don’t want to acknowledge God are uncomfortable. What if there is a God and you are not pleasing him?

  33. Kram says:

    just dumb luck for this guy, he’s toast next game and will need his own savior

    1. Johnny Cowan says:

      I’d like to see you do what he has done.

    2. kt says:

      BLIND and Pathetic comment

    3. DR Ricardo says:

      Are you as stupid as you sound or did you practice just before you posted this?

    4. Josh Biggs says:

      Kram is just dumb period

      1. HatERS.hATE says:

        no; kram has brains. i could name quite a few on here that are just dumb

    5. Pat says:

      Respect for all beliefs-religious or otherwise-is going to be essential for our Country in this new century. We are truly a melting pot and will not survive if we can’t even show this respect to the Christian legacy embedded in this nation and as Tebow shows, in its people as well.

      1. Blake Turner says:

        There is no Christian legacy. The Treaty of 1796, drafted in the Washington administration and unanimously approved by the Senate in the Adams administration, explicitly states we are not a Christian country. Thomas Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, Paine, Madison, and many more were not Christian. In fact the design of the Constitution, 1st Amendment and such explicitly point to the notion that this nation was designed to prevent religious rule and influence. The truth is that the Anglican Church and many Christians were Royalists who held to the divine right of kings as so many other religious Europeans had before them. Democracy, Republicanism, and equality are ideas born in spite of Christianity, not because of it. One need only look at the fact that Christians held Kings to be divinely sponsored leaders on earth, as thwy had a King in heaven. The Enlightenment of the like of Voltaire was a rejection fo Christianity and religion, and it gave birth to the principles this nation is trly founded on.

      2. Pat says:

        To Blake Turner:
        While I could argue that there is a Christian legacy and cite many examples of how Christian faith has played a part in concepts such as equality and Republicanism this is not the main point of my argument. Turning my attention otherwise would be counterproductive to my desire to stress the need for respect. Indeed, my statement was not meant to declare that this country is solely Christian. On the contrary, it was meant to stress the fact that we are a melting pot. As you mentioned, our founders intended for everyone to have religious freedom. It is noteworthy that this includes respecting both theistic and non-theistic worldviews. That being said, any historian will testify to the fact that Christianity played a role in the origins of this country. To ignore this truth would be to distort history. I understand that this upsets some individuals, but it is inevitably a part of our history and should be respected as such. It simply is, what it is. Hopefully, 100 years from now when someone is discussing the influences of our time, they will be able to say that we achieved respect for all worldviews. Would you agree at least in that?

    6. FusterCluck says:

      Yeah, well everybody said he was toast going in to the Steelers game too.

    7. DaveInDallas says:

      You hate him because he has faith?

      Do you also hate Jews, Muslims and Hindus?

    8. hawkdriver1961 says:

      Dude, talk about sour grapes! Get over it…It’s a GAME!…I suggest a trip to church next Sunday. It may do you a world of good…

      1. Kram says:

        I scoff at that comment, I get enough preaching from Tebow to last a life time of going to church, wish that guy would just shut up

    9. ScottinVa says:

      Half the fun of Tebow’s winning games is watching post-game rants from haters like yourself. It’s clear Tebow just gets under your skin.

      1. jstain says:

        ScotinVa.. Amen. I’m loving it. The more people hate on Tebow the more us Christains priase …

      2. Chris says:

        Come on guys, Kram is absolutely right. I was a starting NFL quarterback for 10 years, and I didn’t have a speck of talent. Just like Tebow, I was just lucky. I would just close my eyes, throw the ball, and most of the time, the receivers would catch it. In fact, I use to laugh at my teammates who use to rely on talent and hard work. I honestly don’t know why everyone isn’t a NFL quarterback.

    10. ONTIME says:

      Neener, Neener, Neener!!!!

      Hey, it was fun to watch and it’s just football.

    11. Rod says:

      The name KRAM sez it all and you should

    12. Jackie says:

      I am a Steeler fan and I think your comment is disgusting. I hope Tebow and GOD take the Broncos through the playoffs. I wouldn’t be surprised if you were a Raven fan – – – a team of thugs and murderers!

    13. LeFleur says:

      Kram can cram it up his cram-hole.

    14. Kathy says:

      I recall that he won the Heisman Trophy! He is young and will be great! I guess some fans just like dog tortureres and sexual assaulters better than just plain nice guys!

    15. alison jones says:

      dumb luck??? wow, you are pathetic!

    16. HatERS.hATE says:


      1. Kram says:

        that’s whay I’m saying, and maybe he has a few 4 leaf clovers rammed up where the sun don’t shine

      2. Josh Biggs says:

        Says haters as he belch’s and turns of his tv thinking of his glory days as a failed football zero in high school.

      3. Josh Biggs says:

        *turns off his tv

    17. mok says:

      he’s got one already, Clyde
      try and remember, this is a game; life’s the one that’s for real.
      do you have a savior?

    18. Josh Biggs says:

      It’s a sad day in Hater Nation

    19. Josh Biggs says:

      Kram and Haters hate Tebow because he is saving orphans in the Philippines instead of torturing dogs and murdering his ex-wife and her boyfriend.

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