TAKE A KNEE: Tebowing sweeps the nation

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) bows his head on the sidelines after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in Denver. The Broncos won 17-13.(AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)


TEBOWING (tee’bo’in) v. “To get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.”  — Jared Kleinstein, tebowing.comWHAT TO SAY TO TEBOWING SNOTS

• “I promise you one thing. A lot of good will come out of this. You will never see anyone in the entire country Tebowing as hard as I will be Tebowing ... God bless.” — Adjusted from Tim Tebow’s comments at a news conference after the Florida Gators’ 31-13 loss to Ole Miss in 2008.

• “Yea, though I’m Tebowing in the valley of the shadow of snobs, I will fear no evil, for thou art missing the point.” — Adjusted from Psalm 23:4


• Pray for your family, for health, for friends.

• Pray for Tebow and the Broncos to win. (You may want to break out a knee pad during this prayer.) Tebow may not pray to win, but goodness knows, the Broncos need all the prayer a team can get as it faces the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Nov. 27, then the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.

• Pray for any family members who still have not returned from a Black Friday shopping expedition and have access to your bank account.


If you want to show your best side while Tebowing, don’t leave things to your photographer.

Hit the gym and try these moves from John Ball, a personal fitness trainer at Crossroads Fitness who admires Tim Tebow because “he’s just flat out a leader,” which is a must in a great quarterback.

• One-arm lat pulldowns with a reverse grip. This targets your lats, rhomboids (muscles in your back) and shoulders.

• Lunges. They work your glutes, thighs, pretty much your whole legs.

• Kneeling cable crunches. For your abdominals.

• The “bird dog,” a yoga move with a knee to elbow touch. This hits your obliques and core.


He gets blitzed. He gets sacked. We have no idea what he’s going to throw or not throw next ... but we know this:

He’s Tebowing.

And we go WILD and start taking pictures of each other Tebowing.

And we go online, post our .jpegs and look at photos other people snapped of other people Tebowing.

We don’t care who else knelt and prayed on a sideline before Denver Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow was even born.

This is fun, pure and ridiculous.

We love Tebow. We love Tebowing.

Jared Kleinstein, Tebowing.com founder, told The Wall Street Journal blogger Ben Cohen in an October interview that he set up the website after watching one of Tebow’s fourth-quarter comebacks.

“Everybody was jumping up and down, and we noticed Tebow Tebowing,” Kleinstein told Cohen, describing the quarterback’s oft seen pose in prayer.

And since the October week when Kleinstein set up his site, the world has become Tebowing crazy.

Fans began photographing themselves Tebowing and posting them to the Tebowing.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Tebowing babies. Tebowing pancakes. Tebowing on top of a horse, on a telephone pole, underwater.

Group Tebowing. Landmark Tebowing.

Celebrity — Santa Claus, Boomer Esiason, Dwight Howard — Tebowing.

“My first reaction to it was, I was offended by it as a Christian,” said Tebow fan Travis Freese of Grand Junction.

He thought it was just another way of mocking Christians.

But he soon realized it’s not. “Even Tebow himself thinks it’s funny,” Freese said. “It’s more along the lines of fun and games.”

The 29-year-old fourth-grade teacher began following Tebow when the quarterback was a sophomore at the University of Florida.

Freese liked that Tebow wasn’t a “conventional quarterback. He was a quarterback slash running back.”

He also liked what he saw of Tebow as a Christian who is outgoing about his faith during interviews and put Bible references on his eye black. “He kind of started to form as a role model for me and for others around me,” Freese said.

When Freese learned that Tebow was drafted by the Broncos, he was “absolutely pumped about it.”

“There’s something about him the media and a lot of people are fascinated by,” Freese said. “Many don’t like him, but for not liking the guy, they sure do talk about the guy quite a bit.”

It’s his faith or it’s his play. There’s been plenty of analysis of both.

“He’s not going to throw for 300 yards, but there’s something about the guy and he gets wins. ... I didn’t know there were rules on winning the correct way,” Freese said. “The guy won two (NCAA) national championships and a Heisman Trophy at Florida, and he can’t play?”


For some reason, it’s easy to get fired up about Tebow.

“I think he likes it when people tell him he can’t do something,” Freese said.

In fact, on http://www.timtebow.com, Tebow states, “I’ve lived my life by this quote since I was 6 years old: ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.’ — Tim Notke.”

With that ethic, Tebow is unlikely to turn tail on the NFL or Tebowing.

So get out the camera, and get on your knee. Tebowing has just gotten started.


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