How Losing To The Patriots Makes Tebow A Winner

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | January 16, 2012 | 3:02 PM EST

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow’s comments after a 45-10 playoff loss Saturday show why he’s more of a winner than ever.

There are winners. There are losers. There are winners who are still losers. And, then there are people like Tim Tebow, who are winners, even when they lose, and lose badly.

Tebow’s Denver Broncos were routed 45-10 by the New England Patriots on Saturday. Afterwards, when Tebow was asked about the drubbing in a post-game interview, Tebow showed he still had his priorities straight.

He began, not by explaining how his team’s defense gave up 45 points, or why his offense scored only 10 points – he began by giving thanks to God, his teammates, and his team’s fans:

“Before I talk about that, I just want to thank my lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and thank my teammates for the effort they put forth…and I also want to thank the Broncos’ fans.”

And, he gave thanks for simply having had the opportunity to compete and develop relationships:

“It’s been a very special opportunity for me something I’ve very thankful for – and very thankful I’ve had the opportunity to build so many special relationships with players and coaches.”

Asked if he wished he didn’t have such a high profile in the media, Tebow said, “No,” – because the attention paid to his outspoken faith gives him the chance “to do a lot more important things than football”:

“I wouldn’t change it for the world. Just because, by having that, I have the platform to be able to walk into a hospital and share with kids.”

“I have the platform to do a lot more important things than football. So, I’m very thankful for that platform and I wouldn’t change it for anything.”

One reporter pointed out that, even though Tebow has talked a lot about faith and winning and “the Lord,” his team still lost. How, then, he asked, “do you make sense" of losing?

Again, Tebow responded with faith, humility, class:

“Something I pray, before games, during games, after games is, regardless whether I win, whether I lose, whether I’m the hero or the goat: that It doesn’t matter, because I still honor the Lord and give Him the glory, because He’s deserving of it. And, just like my effort shouldn’t change, neither should that.”

Then, Tim Tebow showed why he’s a winner, regardless of the score on the field, and regardless if he ever plays another down in pro football, concluding:

“And, sometimes, even in a loss, you can honor Him more.”

Ultimately, you see, it actually doesn't matter if you win or lose - it, truly, is about "how you play the game."

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