Tim Tebow strikes a pose in a photo that appears in the September issue of… (Mark Seliger / Screenshot…)
Tim Tebow is merely the second-string quarterback for the New York Jets. At least from a football standpoint.
But, of course, he is much more than that. He's a cultural phenomenon who is as well known for his Christian beliefs as he is for his football skills.
He's the type of guy who wears his religion on his sleeve -- even when he's posing shirtless. And for some people, that crosses the line.
An old photo of Tebow wearing only the bottom portion of his football uniform while striking a pose much like that of Jesus on the cross -- arms outstretched, legs crossed -- has resurfaced in the September issue of GQ magazine.
Tebow posed for the shot when he was winning national championships with Florida, and GQ ran it at that time. Now the magazine has digitally altered it to remove any references to the Gators and is running it with a Tebow-related article as part of its NFL preview issue.
Craig Carton, host of a WFAN sports radio show in New York City, had plenty to say about Tebow and the photo Tuesday morning, calling the quarterback a narcissist, a fraud and "sexy Jesus."
“He gets it, he plays the role,” said Carton, whose callers seemed to agree with him. “He’s typically very, very sincere and very, very consistent about who he is and what his beliefs are. You just saw a little inkling into what he thinks of himself.”
To be fair to Tebow, he appears to have had very little to do with the current article, which is a commentary by self-proclaimed Jets fan and Tebow hater Devin Gordon. The only quotes from Tebow himself come at the very end and are from a session with reporters following a mini-camp practice in June.
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