Former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer has revised and extended his controversial comments about Tim Tebow.
Plummer created a controversy when he said he wishes Tebow would tone it down with talking about his religion every time he can. Tebow responded that he’ll take every opportunity to praise the Lord, comparing his own declarations that he loves Jesus with a man telling his wife he loves her.
Although Plummer stressed that he doesn’t have anything against Tebow or his beliefs, he said he doesn’t think that explanation makes a lot of sense.
“If I jumped up after every game and said ‘First and foremost I want to thank and say I love my wife,’ people would get tired of hearing that,” Plummer said on 102.3 The Ticket in Denver, via Sports Radio Interviews. “Even my wife would get sick of hearing that.”
Plummer said he can’t help but wonder whether linking God with the game of football — which is, after all, trivial in the grand scheme of things — actually cheapens Tebow’s beliefs.
“I can think back to when I was a kid watching sports – me and my brothers were big sports fans – it always seemed to trivialize that importance of a relationship of that sort that people had with Jesus Christ or with God,” Plummer said. “Whatever it was it seemed to be an inappropriate place to bring it up after a football game or a basketball game or whatever, but I am not dissing the guy for his beliefs. He obviously is a good kid. He’s got a lot of strong morals and values – it’s just I’ll TiVo it and then I’ll mute it. I don’t have to hear it.”
Tebow is such a polarizing figure that there are likely millions of football fans who reach for the mute button when it’s time for his post-game interview, and millions who turn the volume up when he speaks. But we can all agree that the way he’s playing on the football field, no one changes the channel when he has the ball in his hands in the fourth quarter.