Religion and Sport Essay
Religion and sports are two things that are very popular in modern US culture, but when you mix the two its not always a happy out come for some people. As athletes at a professional level it is a personal choice whether or not someone will expose their faith to the media or not. Some are very upfront about it while others keep it very personal. I look to explore the dimension of religion in well-known successful profession players and explore how this effects their playing and their outside life. I also want to see how this effects how we see them as role models and people to look up to.
Tim Tebow is one of todays most well known athletes, not only because of his skills on the field but because of his life off the field as well. Tebow was born in the year 1987 and is the youngest of five children belonging to Pam and Robert Tebow. Before he was born his parents moved to the Philippines and worked there as missionaries under the Baptist faith. He was homeschooled by his parents so they could assure he was being brought up with good Christian morals and values. In his book Through My Eyes, he tells the story of accepting Christ into his heart at the age of six, and has since tired to live a life that he thinks Jesus would approve of.
In his book Tim Tebow said he believes that his success has given him a platform to preach the bible and the message of Christ. He believes that he gets his skills from God and he plays to worship him and at the end of the day gives him the glory. His success throughout high school, and college and into his professional career has come with many controversies but he keeps his head up and has always kept his faith first and his career as a football player second.
Tebow has been known for expressing his faith on the field through his eye black writing and “Tebowing” or praying on the field but many don’t pay attention to his efforts off the field. Tebow took his first mission trip to the Philippines at...