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Tim Tebow's Spirituality and Openly Religious Nature Helped Get Him Signed, Says Patriots Owner

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says Tim Tebow was signed to the team partly because he's openly religious, the NY Post reports:

Tebow“He’s a winner, and the fact that spirituality is so important to him is very appealing to me.”

Kraft also labeled Tebow’s openly religious nature as “an added dimension” that helped convince the Patriots to sign him to a two-year deal (with no guaranteed money) after five weeks on the NFL unemployment line.

Kraft even echoed the infamous comment by Jets owner Woody Johnson last summer that “you can never have enough Tebow” — a comment Johnson came to regret after the Jets barely used Tebow during the regular season and then released him in April.

“You can’t have enough good people around you, and [Tebow] has the added dimension of spirituality being so important to him, and that personally appeals to me a lot,” Kraft said.

Tebow's spirituality has extended, as you recall, to advocacy for the anti-gay, anti-choice evangelical group Focus on the Family. He appeared in a Super Bowl ad for the far-right ministry in 2010.

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  1. Yea, well "anti gay/anti choice" ain't gonna fly in Boston/New England. Still, the man's got talent and deserves the chance to show his skills on the field. Mr. Kraft is not a stupid man, so I figure he's thought this through.

    Posted by: norseman | Jun 14, 2013 9:46:00 AM

  2. Funny, I thought it was because Gronk wanted a piece of sweet, sweet Tebow virgin cake. Let him have his cake, Mr. Kraft, let him have his cake.

    Posted by: Robert | Jun 14, 2013 9:50:57 AM

  3. As for Tim Tebow's bigotry, homophobia and standard "selective" hypocritical Christianity (hey Tim where's your outrage over world hunger - doesn't the Bible say feed the poor? Gee, how did the gays get so lucky with your deep spiritual - repressed? - concern for their welfare?) Good Luck Boston, you're welcome to him.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 14, 2013 9:57:49 AM


    Posted by: rustytrawler | Jun 14, 2013 10:00:19 AM

  5. Do they think his spirituality will help them win games? This I gotta see.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 14, 2013 10:03:19 AM

  6. Why the hell is that a reason to hire someone??

    Posted by: Nik | Jun 14, 2013 10:05:54 AM

  7. Nik: Drum up controversy to get people to watch. Nothing like a catfight to get the stupid masses to pay attention.

    Posted by: Robert | Jun 14, 2013 10:06:58 AM

  8. Matthew 6:5

    "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full."

    Posted by: Gigi | Jun 14, 2013 10:08:20 AM

  9. Kraft isn't Christian, but he certainly is very spiritual himself. After his wife Myra passed away the Patriots wore a patch on their uniform with her initials throughout the 2011-2012 season and they dedicated the season to her memory - a season that took them to the Super Bowl.

    Posted by: norseman | Jun 14, 2013 10:13:50 AM

  10. I just hope they don't soil another word. Christian, christianity are already damaged by the wing nuts. Let's hope spiritual and spirituality are not next.

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Jun 14, 2013 10:23:48 AM

  11. OK, so in the NFL

    1) Sexuality is something never to be discussed, as it's a negative in getting hired.

    2) But religiosity is something always to be flaunted because it's a positive in getting hired.

    Got it.

    Posted by: strepsi | Jun 14, 2013 10:25:49 AM

  12. He's done and now they're done. What a waste of Old Spice. You know that's what they wear!

    Posted by: Geoff | Jun 14, 2013 10:26:00 AM

  13. I agree with what @norseman said except for the "talented" part.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Jun 14, 2013 10:26:10 AM

  14. So he's not being persecuted for his faith. Let's remember that when certain people start playing the victim card.

    Posted by: Leo | Jun 14, 2013 10:27:19 AM

  15. Tebow will be on CBN within the next 5yrs with his own show, or as a Evangelist.....

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jun 14, 2013 10:33:29 AM

  16. Tebow is a HUGE closet case.

    Just saying it's amazing how many of his fans would abandon him if he ever grew a pair.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 14, 2013 10:41:49 AM

  17. Kraft has said he's welcome an openly gay player on his team:

    Posted by: Jeff | Jun 14, 2013 10:45:55 AM

  18. Someone should kickstart the Gronk deflowering Tebow video project.

    Posted by: Dego | Jun 14, 2013 10:58:16 AM

  19. Thanks, Gigi. Christian hypocrites need to be reminded of that.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 14, 2013 11:13:44 AM

  20. What is with this site's obsession with Tim Tebow, lmao. It seems he pops up on here at least a few times a month. This man has nothing to do with the gay community. He's never said anything about the gay community and has never addressed us in any way.

    He did an anti-ABORTION ad, ONE abortion ad years ago for Focus on the Family (a hideous anti-gay org, yes), but other than that, nothing. What is with this site's attempt to make him enemy #1? Because he's religious? It really rubs me the wrong way. We have genuine enemies out there, yet this site is obsessed with some random football player who has never addressed the gay community in one way or the other. Give it a rest Andy.

    Posted by: WhatWhat | Jun 14, 2013 11:13:52 AM

  21. Given that Pat's fans are as an unruly bunch of drunken hooligans as you're likely to find outside of European soccer maybe he thinks that Tim's "spiritual" nature will help soften his teams image.

    Posted by: e.c. | Jun 14, 2013 11:14:03 AM

  22. uhm, shouldn't his ability to play have been the reason?

    his religiosity is schtick because he is mediocre at best. If swinging a dead chicken over his head and worship a golden turd would appeal to the majority of middle america then you can bet tebow (and many politicans) would be doing just that

    Posted by: Moz's | Jun 14, 2013 11:25:07 AM

  23. I have to agree with WhatWhat. There's a big overlap between christians and homophobes, but it's far from 100%, especially among younger people. I'm an atheist, and I know many/most of you are, but there are plenty of atheist anti-christian sites where it makes sense to attack someone like tebow. On a gay site it makes sense to judge people by their stance on gay issues.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Jun 14, 2013 11:36:39 AM

  24. Wonder if he knows that EVERY New England state allows for marriage equality?

    Posted by: H | Jun 14, 2013 11:42:21 AM

  25. WTF is up with the Tebow hate? People need to tone it the F down. He's not deserving of a fraction of the hate. He's just a guy who was promoted into positions and the public limelight when he shouldn't have been.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 14, 2013 11:56:15 AM

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