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. more >>
Terrell Owens did not expect the past two years of his life to be such a whirlwind and although he has not played in a regular NFL season game since 2010, the 39-year-old wideout is vocal about his faith in God getting him to and through his next chapter.
Owens, a six-time Pro Bowler, is known as being a vital part of the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals from 1996 through 2010. The veteran wide receiver was the first to score a touchdown in seven straight "Monday Night Football" games and was also the second NFL player to record five seasons with 13 or more touchdowns.
After an ACL injury in 2011 caused the wideout to undergo surgery, he has been public about trying to return to the NFL with a televised workout in Oct. 2011, a stint in the IFL and a short run with the Seattle Seahawks that did not take him past the 2012-2013 preseason. more >>
Manny Pacquiao's recent knockout defeat at the hands of four-time opponent Juan Manuel Marquez upset his mother Dionisia Pacquiao, who believes his conversion from Catholicism to Protestantism had a hand in his loss.
Ms. Pacquiao recently spoke about her disapproval of Pacquiao's change of Christian denomination in an Inquirer Global Nation report.
"That's what he gets for changing his religion," the 33-year-old's mother reportedly said. "Since the 'Protestant' pastors came into his life, he has not focused on his boxing." more >>
Manny Pacquiao's mother prayed to God for the Filipino congressman and 33-year-old pugilist to retire.
Pacquiao's mother, Dionisia Pacquiao, appeared on the GMA network this weekend where she spoke about praying to God for her son to stop fighting.
"I have long asked you son, it is time to retire because you started boxing at such a young age. I always pray that he will stop," Ms. Pacquiao said about her son on the network. "I asked God to tell my son to stop." more >>
After dominating his opponent during the UFC on Fox 5 main event on Saturday, Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Benson "Smooth" Henderson told the crowd there are more important things in life than fighting.
Before answering any questions for UFC commentator Joe Rogan during his post-fight interview inside the cage at Seattle's KeyArena, the outspoken Christian fighter took a moment to acknowledge God by quoting the Book of Philippians.
"'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' Can I get an amen?" said Henderson to the sold-out crowd of over 14,000 people. more >>
A writer for a Filipino publication has argued that professional boxer Manny Pacquiao should not let his recent defeat harm his Protestant Christian faith.
Ted Laguatan, contributor to the Philippine publication inquirer.net, wrote Monday that Pacquiao should not see this as a failure of faith.
"If Pacquiao is sincerely committed to loving God and his fellowmen as God commands him to, he will understand that winning or losing a boxing match, no matter what importance the world may place on it – is nothing more than just a mere incidental in his life," wrote Laguatan. more >>