Editor's Note: Ted Kluck's letter to Tim Tebow fans was written when Tebow was the quarterback for the Florida Gators. The now-NFL quarterback recently began starting for the Denver Broncos, leading the team to an 18-15 win last Sunday. The outspoken Christian is also the focus of a new Internet site that created the name "Tebowing," spotlighting his on-the-field prayer kneel. "#Tebowing - to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different. Love it!" Tebow posted on Twitter. "'Tebowing' becomes most predictable Internet meme in history," the NFL wrote. The athlete is also the focus of many articles on sports and faith. Christianity Today interviewed Tebow earlier this year about faith, fame and football. Here's what Ted Kluck had to say during Tebow's college fame.

Dear Tim Tebow Fans,

Congratulations on choosing your sports hero wisely. Tebow—the stellar quarterback for the top-ranked Florida Gators, who open their season this Saturday against Charleston Southern—is a devout Christ-follower who has done nothing less than win the Heisman trophy and two national titles, as well as frequently contributing to the soul-saving of prison inmates and the circumcision of children on the mission field. He has also never, to my knowledge, publicly said anything stupid, been arrested, failed a class, driven while intoxicated, been in a bar fight, or embarrassed his university.

There are already tributes to Tebow being erected around the UF campus (a plaque, containing the words of a speech he gave, hangs outside the Gator football building), and a street named in his honor is just a matter of time. The Tim Tebow Fans website refers to his "God-like" status in the ...

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