The sports reporters didn't know what to make of him, at first, making fun of his "aw shucks", All American, Walton-esque persona, then downright shunning his strange and eerie practices as a true Christian believer.
But then Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow started to win football games, seemingly with the divine Hand of God Himself and folks started to believe. Can they believe even after yesterday's setback against the New England Patriots? You bet.
A few years ago, a movie came out called "Cinderella Man." Russell Crowe brilliantly played Jim Braddock, a down and out boxer in the Depression years who fights back to become the champ. It was a true story based upon a real boxer. Americans love a good underdog story.
America needed Jim Braddock in the Great Depression and boy does America need Tim Tebow during Obama's Economic Disaster now.
When the chips are down and your back is against the wall.....when no one believes in you and you barely believe in yourself....what gets you off that mat during a 10 count after you've been sucker punched? What gets you across the goal line on the fourth down with seconds left in the game despite the doubt and the pain?
It is that indescribable level of determination that is in our very DNA as Americans that is embodied in the Jim Braddocks and Tim Tebows of this great nation.
Seeing it merely reminds us of who we are as Americans.
And boy, does the Left hate that, because that self-reliance and faith in God is in direct opposition to their need to have us all kneel at the altar of government and deny our own self-determination.
No doubt about it, Tim Tebow is this generation's "Cinderella Man."