You remember Tim Tebow.
He’s the former University of Florida football player who tried to convert you with his eyes:
Once he graduated, the NCAA ended up banning eye-billboards.
Now, Tebow is a professional football player for the Denver Broncos. But since the NFL already bans eye-black messages, he has to figure out a different way to send his Christian bat-signal… and it looks like he found it!
As blogger Larry Brown writes:
You didn’t think something as lame as the NFL dress code could keep Tim Tebow from spreading his faith on game days, did you? Of course not.
… NFL and NCAA rules forbid players from marking their uniforms…
The rule covers the helmet, jersey, pants, shoes, tape, wristbands, and headbands. No writing on any part of the body. Before each game uniform reps — former NFL players — prowl the sidelines looking for violators. When the teams go back into the locker room before the game starts, they are given a list of players who are in violation of the rule.
If they come out for the kickoff without removing the writing, they will be fined. According to Johnny Rembert, the uniform rep in Jacksonville and a 10-year NFL veteran, fines start at $5,000.
As far as I can tell, Tebow has been issued no fine. Yet.
(Incidentally, Kenny Britt of the Tennessee Titans was fined $5,000 because the towel attached to his uniform said “#10 VY” — a tribute to Vince Young. Britt accepted the fine and removed the towel for the second half of the game.)
Why is the NFL letting Tebow’s violation slide? Who knows.
I would bet you, though, they would immediately fine a player who wrote on his wristband: “There is no god.”
Why is there a double-standard when it comes to openly Christian athletes?
(via Believe It or Not)