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Worshiping College Athletes

Gators QB Tim Tebow Reaches Superstar Status

— January 11, 2009 — Lifestyle
Talented Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow is just 21, but the way sports writers are summarizing his performance in the championship bowl game, the college junior is one of football’s demigods.

A headline in the Palm Beach Post enthuses “Superman Tebow is Human After All.” The Florida Times-Union wrote, “Going pro? Tebow Can’t Go Wrong.” Another headline from the CurrentlyOK student-run news site quipped, “Tebow Skips Senior Season, Ascends Directly Into Heaven.”

There are even multiple independent fan sites dedicated to every statistic, biographical fact and motion Tim Tebow makes. The Heisman Trophy winner’s tracks are being covered with the same devotion that’s paid to A-listers like David Beckham or Brad Pitt.

We’ve seen celebrities and professional athletes worshiped with religious fervor, but Tim Tebow is one of the more prominent cases of a talented college athlete with a devoted following that borders on the bizarre.
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