Tweeters have crucified Tim Tebow for his play in Saturday's 45-10 loss to the New England Patriots -- and now it turns out that during the game, he sustained an injury very much like the one that at least temporarily killed Jesus Christ.
Who rose again in fulfillment of the scriptures, if memory serves. Can the Chosen One do the same?
The injury news comes from ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reports that during the third quarter of the game, Tebow was hit while standing in the pocket as he attempted to throw a pass. The blow caused a rib-cartilage tear, a bruised lung and "fluid buildup in the plural space of his chest" -- hurts that weren't fully diagnosed until an MRI on Monday, which was scheduled after he spent a painfully sleepless weekend.
Much like the rest of Broncos Nation.
The Jesus connection? Look no further than the crucifixion page presented by In His Steps Ministries. According to the account written by Dr. C. Truman Davis, who takes a medical angle on the tale, Jesus appeared to have perished on the cross -- but "to make doubly sure of death, the legionnaire drove his lance through the fifth interspace between the ribs, upward through the pericardium and into the heart, 'And immediately there came out blood and water.'"
Pierced between the ribs? Fluid in the chest? The similarities are uncanny!
Of course, Tebow-Jesus comparisons are nothing new. As evidence, check out this amazing animated clip produced after the Broncos' miracle win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, in which Timmy is fitted with his very own crown of thorns.
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