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Sweeney on Tebow

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A good read.. Predictably he says... "To be honest, I applaud Tim," Sweeney told me by phone. "I think what he is doing shows a lot of courage. It's easy to profess your faith when everything is going well. But he has stood there tall through all the criticism and never wavered. I applaud that." But, Sweeney also said, he understands why some people might view Tebow's relentless references to the scripture and to Jesus Christ as a bit over the top. "We all have different styles," Sweeney said. "That's definitely not my style. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with Tim's style. It's just not me." Later it says... Sweeney has plenty of empathy for Tebow because he knows first-hand, too, how hard it is to live the Christian lifestyle in today's sports world. "Your faith can get tested a lot," Sweeney said. "You get called a lot of names like 'Jesus Freak' or 'God Squader.' It can be tough. I know from my experience that before I got married, I didn't date for years and I got accused of being gay. It was really ridiculous. And then I got accused of being a hypocrite because I charged the mound against Jeff Weaver. "I also got accused of being a bad teammate because I didn't go out drinking with the guys or go out to booby bars. But that wasn't the lifestyle that I chose. But as a Christian, you have to stand up strong for what you believe in, and in the sports world, that can be a challenge. That's what I really respect about Tim Tebow – that no matter what anyone thinks or says about him, he stands for what he believes in. I really do applaud him for that." Also Ryan Lefebvre has some opinions of his own in the article

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