By Judy Kurtz - 11/30/11 11:42 PM EST
Add Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) to the list of Tim Tebow fans — not only for the Denver Broncos quarterback’s prowess on the football field, but for his very public devotion to God.
Tebow, 24, has earned quite a few divine nicknames throughout his career, including the “Mile-High Messiah” and a “miracle worker” for both his uncanny ability to win close games and his outspoken views on religion.
Some critics have taken Tebow to task for the public displays of his faith. Kurt Warner, a former quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, suggested that Tebow tone down his actions, saying in an interview with The Arizona Republic, “You can’t help but cheer for a guy like that. But I’d tell him, ‘Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you’re living. Let your teammates do the talking for you. Let them cheer on your testimony.’ ”
But in remarks on the House floor on Wednesday, Duncan supported Tebow’s choice to express his religious beliefs.
While criticizing the fact that President Obama didn’t mention God in a Thanksgiving address, Duncan said he hopes Tebow will inspire others to be loud and proud about their faith.
The congressman quoted the football star as saying, “If you’re married and you really love your wife, is it good enough only to say to your wife, ‘I love [you]’ the day you get married, or should you tell her every single day, when you wake up, at every opportunity? My relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life, so any time I get the opportunity to tell him that I love him, or get the opportunity to shout him out on national TV, I’m going to take that opportunity.”