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While some sports fans (especially Denver Broncos ones) may have considered unashamed Christian quarterback Tim Tebow a miracle worker last year with his mid-season heroics leading the team into the playoffs, things were different as a N.Y. Jets player. If there were any miracles during the 2012 season for Tebow it was the fact that he never lashed out at a coach and organization that really didn't seem that serious about giving him a chance to play in earnest.
A Wildcat quarterback, a red zone player, and a specialty team's secret weapon were all terms dangled to the press and Tebow fans, seemingly every week of the season, were anxious to see if the evangelist athlete could repeat the thrills he delivered as a Broncos player.
Through it all, Tebow remained in the news, especially in the sports blogs and tabloids. Whether it be his foundation work giving youth with illnesses and disabilities a chance to hang out with him and go to a game, or the speculation about dates with actress Camille Belle, Tebow did not disappear from the spotlight simply because he mostly roamed the sidelines the entire season.
Where will Tebow end up next season? That's still an unknown. Meanwhile, here's a look at the Top 10 Tim Tebow Stories at The Christian Post.
U.S. Olympic Track star Lolo Jones was a headline grabber on her own in 2012, but even she might not have been prepared for the headlines that followed her after an interview with Jay Leno that focused primarily on what many perceived to be her romantic compatibility with New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.
"All I want for my birthday is for Tim Tebow to dance on 'Dancing with the Stars," said "Dancing with the Stars" performer Karina Smirnoff shortly after Denver's '11-'12 season ended in an AFC Divisional playoff loss to the New England Patriots.
"He can run, jump, pass, throw touchdowns," Smirnoff stated. "All [that] is missing is to see if he has the dance skills. That would make him an all-around athlete and someone that I would love to dance with on the show."
While attending a Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala, Tebow spoke with "Access Hollywood" about his dream woman. "I'm looking for a sweet, kind, caring girl," Tebow told "Access."
When asked if his future girlfriend had to be "hot" Tebow laughed. "I mean, that doesn't hurt," he said.
Tebow took the biblical axiom "turn the other cheek" (Matthew 5:38, 39) to a new level after former Jets player and football analyst Boomer Esiason said the Jets should cut him.
"I've heard nothing but great things about Mr. Esiason," said Tebow, in comments distributed by the Jets to the media. "I know he was a great player here, and I just wish him nothing but the best in his announcing and God bless him."
Tebow's response came after Esiason, during his New York radio show on Monday said, "If I were the Jets … I would cut Tim Tebow, I really would. It's not in any way, shape or form, I think, benefiting this team.
While still a guard for the New York Knicks, Jeremy Lin, who is also open about his faith, said he is inspired by NFL player Tim Tebow, another Christian player noted for his displays of faith.
"I want to be able to do some of the things that he does in terms of the amount of charity work and the nonprofit work, and the way he impacts people off the field. I think that is what is most inspiring to me about him," Lin said.
The millions of searches on Google for "John 3 16" after Tebow racked up 316 yards passing in the Broncos' NFL playoff win over the Steelers resulted in 170 people making decisions to accept Jesus Christ through a Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website the day after the game. The number of commitments to Christ since the day after the game is not known by this reporter, but could easily be in the hundreds.
Tebow was cheered by a crowd of over 15,000 at a Texas church's Easter service Sunday as he called on America to get back to the country's founding ideal of "one nation under God."
Pastor Joe Champion of Celebration Church in Georgetown said the event wasn't just about the Heisman Trophy winner athlete. "There will be the sacredness of Easter," he said. "It's not a Tim Tebow show. It's not about a celebrity. There's really only one celebrity that we are going to honor and highlight."
Christian Post guest columnist Russell D. Moore tackles the questions surrounding Tebow's desire to have a wife with "a servant's heart." Moore took the opportunity to "tell our non-Christian neighbors what Christians mean when they say 'a servant's heart.'"
The news story on Tebow's comments about his ideal wife – someone who's sweet and has a "servant's heart" – stirred more than a little discussion on the Web, with some concluding that he wants a "hot slave," as OpposingViews.com put it.
"He basically made it seem like he wants some hot woman who dropped straight from 50 Shades of Grey and will do what he wants and not talk back and certainly not mention that he is currently sitting on the bench," the Los Angeles-based website stated.
Okay, so this made the Top 10 list by way of wanting to make sure you don't miss the "Top 10 Tim Tebow Blog Posts at Tebow Beat."