Tim Tebow Doesn't Get An Amen

UPDATE: Tebow denies the following story, telling Pro Football Talk editor and SN contributor Mike Florio, "Not one single word of it is true."
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↵As anyone with a shred of familiarity with Tim Tebow knows, the man is vocal with his faith. Of course, he'd be far from the first quarterback in the NFL ranks willing to insert religion into a football setting. Most recently, Kurt Warner and Jon Kitna have been signal callers who have closely aligned their public persona with faith. And that's forgetting the scores of coaches and players in other positions who preach their creed on a constant basis near the field and the cameras. ↵

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↵Nevertheless, it stands to reason that religion is a sensitive subject for a host of reasons. Even if people happen to see eye to eye on its central points, they may not agree on the appropriateness of it being invoked in certain settings. Case in point: Tebow trying to get fellow prospects to undertake a prayer with him prior to taking the Wonderlic test, only to be harshly rebuffed. ↵

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↵⇥Per a league source, after the person administering the test to Tebow's group had finished, Tebow made a request that the players bow their heads in prayer before taking the 50-question exam. ↵⇥

↵⇥Said one of the other players in response: "Shut the [expletive] up." Others players in the room then laughed. ↵⇥

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↵It's a secondhand anecdotal report from Pro Football Talk, so it should be taken with a grain of salt. It could very well be one of those too-tantalizing-to-be-true tales, like Sean Payton swiping Jerry Jones' reserved wine at an Indianapolis restaurant prior to the Scouting Combine. ↵

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↵If true, it's presumptuous for Tebow to assume that the others in the room would want or feel the need for prayer prior to taking a standardized test. At the same time, whoever it was who shouted him down could have declined in a far more polite manner, or could have just kept quiet and let the spiritual guys have their moment. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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