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Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:28 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2012 5:04 pm
 
Quinn and Tebow: Not BFFs after all? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn will be a free agent on March 13. While he didn't make our list of top free-agent quarterbacks (although he was honorable mention!), he'll likely end up landing a backup job somewhere for the 2012 season.

Just don't count on it being Denver, at least based on the quotes he gave Mike Silver for an oral history of Tebowmania in the latest issue of GQ.

"Early in the season, there was a game when Kyle [Orton] got hurt and the coaches were calling for me to go in, but Kyle got up and finished the game out," Quinn said. "So I was the second-string guy. Then, a few weeks later, they decided to put Tim in. I felt like the fans had a lot to do with that. Just 'cause they were chanting his name. There was a big calling for him. No, I didn't have any billboards. That would have been nice."


This is a harmless quote. You don't have to be a backup quarterback to want billboards pulling for you all over the town you live in.

But Quinn's comments took a different tone as his comments continued throughout the article.

"We've had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply," Quinn said, recalling the Broncos memorable overtime win over the Bears.

Again, more or less harmless. Marion Barber running out of bounds and then fumbling is the definition of luck. It's not the greatest thing in the world to say about your (former?) teammates, especially if you want your job again in 2012, but it's not incendiary. But how do you feel about the way Tim acts off the field, Brady?

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"If you look at it as a whole, there's a lot of things that just don't seem very humble to me," Quinn said. "When I get that opportunity, I'll continue to lead not necessarily by trying to get in front of the camera and praying but by praying with my teammates, you know?"

Annnnnnd ... scene. At least on Quinn's career with the Broncos. Remember, they shipped Kyle Orton out of town because he was going to be a pain in the locker room. And they already know what they've got in Quinn (read: a guy who can't beat out Tebow for the backup job).

The Broncos said they want to bring in two more quarterbacks to generate some competition, but they're unlikely to bring in (or back) anyone who might truly try and undermine Tebowmania in Denver. If you're coming out to Mile High, you've got buy into the idea that you're going to get pelted with foam crosses should you win the starting gig.

But maybe Quinn's comments in the magazine aren't as bad as represented. Quinn released a statement on Twitter Tuesday afternoon refuting the nature of his comments in Silver's article.

"The comments attributed to me in a recent magazine article are in NO WAY reflective of my opinion of Tim and the Broncos," Quinn tweeted. "Tim deserves a lot of credit for our success and I'm happy for him and what he accomplished. Most importantly, he is a great teammate. That interview was conducted three months ago, and the resulting story was a completely inaccurate portrayal of my comments.

"I have addressed my disappointment with the writer and have reached out to Tim to clear this up. I apologize to anyone who feels I was trying to take anything away from our Team's or Tim's success this season."

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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:00 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

You stated before that you're a fan of moderation, yet you took fringe personalities and zealots to denigrate the entire Christian faith. 
Newt, Who did I use as an example of a zealot or fringe personality? Pat Robertson? He is a revered man and looked up to in most evangelical circles is he not? All those listed were, at some point. What is your definition of zealot? Does Tebow fit this definition?



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:55 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

I don't have a problem with him painting his face now. I just identify it as one of the overt reasons he gets the backlash. It is his life, his choice, and his freedom to practice any religion to any degree he chooses. I just think he is blissfully unaware or niave to the evils of his own religion and what it says about those that believe differently than his religion, but not Tebow himself. The only way we get to what Tebow himself beleives is if someone sits him down and asks him the hard questions and publishes them. Like, do you think I'm going to hell if I don't beleive in Jesus? What is hell? Things that we shouldn't really care about as a football player.

Again, it's not a matter of what is right or wrong. What is for him is not for me. I judge him based on his actions and so far they have been pretty good and that of a good human being. At the same time, I do judge the history and judgmental backbone of his faith . I don't know him personally so I will not judge his motives. I guess what it all boils down to is whether I think evangelistic christianity is right or wrong? And, I think I have let the cat out of the bag on that one. I'm not a fan of any religion or any policy that restricts freedom, favors a gender, or teaches to judge.
Your tone has changed drastically.  That commentary was rational.  You stated before that you're a fan of moderation, yet you took fringe personalities and zealots to denigrate the entire Christian faith.  That's not a logic stance for someone who's trying to strike a fair balance within a given argument.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:36 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Slenderhonkey,

Would you be okay if Tebow got tattoos of bible verses instead of doing it with the paint?
I don't have a problem with him painting his face now. I just identify it as one of the overt reasons he gets the backlash. It is his life, his choice, and his freedom to practice any religion to any degree he chooses. I just think he is blissfully unaware or niave to the evils of his own religion and what it says about those that believe differently than his religion, but not Tebow himself. The only way we get to what Tebow himself beleives is if someone sits him down and asks him the hard questions and publishes them. Like, do you think I'm going to hell if I don't beleive in Jesus? What is hell? Things that we shouldn't really care about as a football player.

And if he's "Tebow'ing" because he believes he should, then is he really wrong?
Again, it's not a matter of what is right or wrong. What is for him is not for me. I judge him based on his actions and so far they have been pretty good and that of a good human being. At the same time, I do judge the history and judgmental backbone of his faith . I don't know him personally so I will not judge his motives. I guess what it all boils down to is whether I think evangelistic christianity is right or wrong? And, I think I have let the cat out of the bag on that one. I'm not a fan of any religion or any policy that restricts freedom, favors a gender, or teaches to judge.



Since: Aug 29, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:30 pm
 

Matthew 6:5

God loves everyone... but Tebow is His favorite!





Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:02 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

And yes, my apologies to Howley because I did misunderstand what you said. I've never been accused of being a genius afterall! : )



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:01 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Only a raging dildo tries to identify the qualities of someone based on a sportsline account avatar.
Your a disgrace to every person or horse named ed



Awesome. Good thing I wasn't drinking while I read this, I laughed so hard.


Keep up the good work p-slapped1.     



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:54 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

I think he realizes the bad that comes with it, which is why he hasn't retaliated with any negativity towards anybody. He's probably also dealt with this his entire life from people outside the religious circle. Unfortunately you are right about Christianity excluding others from "a positive afterlife", but that's no different than any religion and that's my problem with religion as a whole and why I choose not to be a Christian or religious. They're all too caught up with who's right and who's wrong and what they miss is that even if you're right it doesn't necessarily make you righteous. What faith you are isn't important. Only that you have faith. So don't get me wrong, I totally acknowledge that you've made very good points throughout this whole discussion. There just only seems to be two types of people and no gray area. Either you don't agree with how he conducts himself in the realm of religion or you do. Thus is religious opinions though. So let's get technical here. Would you be okay if Tebow got tattoos of bible verses instead of doing it with the paint? And if he's "Tebow'ing" because he believes he should, then is he really wrong? Maybe I'm oversimplifying it, but the right/wrong here to me seems to be whether he's doing it for himself and fame or doing it for God. What lead him to do it that way is neither here nor there.




Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:27 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Howley, you're a little behind. The "brass" climbed all over him because his original posts were just ripping other peoples' opinions apart instead of offering one of his own up and sprinkled in some name calling. 
I'm pretty sure Howley is talking about the Denver "brass", not the cbs poster "brass" slenderhonkey. And I am in partial agreemant with Howley. If your that committed to your religion, than you had better know the good as well as the bad that come with it. Christianity by definition, excludes half the world from a positive afterlife (ie, not heaven). That tends to piss others off when this blatant exclusivism is flaunted with face painted bible verses and "Tebowing". I also totally think he is posing for the cameras as well. Not out of attention seeking for himself, but because he believes he should. Again, know what else evangelism represents.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:15 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Howley, you're a little behind. The "brass" climbed all over him because his original posts were just ripping other peoples' opinions apart instead of offering one of his own up and sprinkled in some name calling.  I can see where you would think Tebow's just posing for the cameras, but it's just how he prays and I think people read too much into it. It's thought of as being the most respectful to God to humble yourself and bow while praying. He did it all through college and probably his whole life. It just never got the pub until he got to the NFL.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:04 pm
 

Quinn backtracks on Tebow 'humble' comment

Very true, but the conflict comes from a lack of toleration and understanding. Too many people think he's out for himself and always has to be in the spotlight and THAT'S why he does what he does. Plus anytime someone does something outside the norm, backlash and criticism is sure to follow. That goes for anything whether it's someone saying the world isn't flat 500 years ago and all the way through someone being as public with his faith and religion as Tebow is. I do think he's using his fame as a platform for his religion, but in an attempt to draw glory to God and not himself. I grew up in a religious home...father is Catholic and mother is Christian...and both my parents are all about God and anytime something comes up, the first question in their mind is what's the right thing to do and how would God want us to handle this. Religion isn't something you should go with half-heartedly. And the people that go all out with it are completley consumed with God and it makes up everything they are as a person. THAT'S Tebow in a nutshell. God is his whole life no matter what he's doing and there's a lot to be said for that. What's the old saying...a man that stands for nothing will fall for anything. He stands very resolutely for God and his faith.


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