Although some people poke fun at professional athletes like Ray Lewis, who glorified God throughout his journey to the Super Bowl, a new study has found that Americans look to these types of high-profile individuals more than they do to faith leaders for inspiration.
The Barna Group, a market research firm that specializes in studying religious beliefs among Americans and how they impact faith and culture, recently released a study claiming that athletes have more influence than pastors. An estimated two-thirds of Americans- about 64 percent- believe that professional athletes influence people in American society more than professional faith leaders, according to the report released on the Barna Group website.
This belief seems to be most prevalent among whites, parents, people who have graduated college and those who make more than $60,000 a year. However, some still believe that faith leaders impact their lives the most, including those who attend church weekly and take in earnings of less than $40,000 each year. more >>
In the battle to combat immorality and instill certain values into professional sports, the Vatican says it wants NFL star Tim Tebow and NBA sensation Jeremy Lin on its team.
The Pontifical Council for Culture, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012, has announced its plans to host a "We Believe In Sports" international conference as a way to promote the instillation of good values in athletic events around the world, reports Catholic News Service.
Msgr. Melchor Sanchez de Toca Alameda, head of the council's Culture and Sport section, also hopes to provide examples of people who demonstrate that faith and sports are compatible, CNS reports, which is why the council has invited Christian athletes like Tebow, the New York Jets quarterback, and Lin, the Houston Rockets point guard, to the event. more >>
Although the status of his career in the NFL as a quarterback remains a question mark, Tim Tebow's work inside his philanthropic foundation continues at full strength. The Christian athlete has given his previously dormant college car to NASCAR legend Richard Petty to super charge for eventual sale with proceeds tentatively pegged for the Tim Tebow Foundation's work in the Philippines.
The '95 Thunderbird was brought into Petty's car restoration shop rusty and covered in cat prints, according to Tim Tebow Foundation Executive Director Erik Dellenback, as reported by Sporting News.
"We're excited because obviously the legendary status of Richard Petty is a great tie to us," Dellenback said. "Originally our goal was just to auction it off and as we started seeing what this was going to look like and the interest of people wanting to see it, we decided to use it for a year on promotional tour. … The dollars we can raise off that could literally affect thousands of children." more >>
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 >>
Chances are slim that N.Y. Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow will see much action in his hometown of Jacksonville Sunday when his team faces the Jaguars, but that isn't stopping a local company and fans who plan to show their enthusiasm for the Heisman Trophy winner by performing a flash mob.
Underneath the YouTube video, "Flash Mob at Everbank Field," the explanation for the plan is that the pre-game event outside the stadium is being put on by a company called Soul Electronics. "They asked us to do the flash mob at this game because the New York Jets will be playing and Tim Tebow is the quarterback of that team. Tim is affiliated with Soul Electronics so that's why we are doing this on this date," reads the description.
The video shows the routine performed by four girls and then broken down by steps by one of the girls for those wanting to memorize the flash mob dance. more >>
Tim Tebow will be inactive for the New York Jets on Sunday and because of his lack of playing time this season, his jersey sales have also gone down.
Tebow, 25-year-old listed as the backup QB for the Jets, will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, according to ESPN reports. Rex Ryan, Jets head coach, reportedly made his decision to list Tebow as inactive close to one week after the QB announced that he had fractured his ribs.
Tebow spoke to the press after the Jets' 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving and admitted that he had to convince his coaching staff to let him suit up for the game in case he was needed in an emergency situation. more >>