The first thing that Tim Tebow did when he gave his postgame remarks after stunning the Chicago Bears with yet another of his fourth quarter comebacks, was to thank his "Lord and savior, Jesus Christ." Then he went on to thank his coaches for the opportunity and his teammates for their efforts. If you are religious, you love it. If you believe strongly in separation of church and state, or in this case, church and stadium, you are offended.
If you think about it, other than bringing his personal beliefs into the equation, he did nothing wrong. He is thanking a higher power for blessing him with the skills to play on Sundays. But as he noted, the rest was up to him and his teammates.
I have more of a problem with an athlete who goes on and on about "all glory to God..." and then does something very un-God-ike in his private life. From what I hear, Tebow talks the talk and walks the walk.
God doesn't have a favorite team. If that were the case, Notre Dame would win the BCS every year. He just reaches out from time to time, and does whatever deities do to bequeath superior arm strength, lightning speed, quick reflexes, or six-foot eight inches in height. The athlete to be gets the raw materials. The rest is up to the individual to make the most of these gifts. Dean Smith once famously said, "You can't teach height."
Len Bias was one of the most amazing college basketball players I had ever seen. Yes, I saw him play in person when I was in college. He was a player who could leap into the air with three players in front of him and hit nothing but net from nineteen feet away, without even looking at the basket. Then he made some stupid decisions, and paid the ultimate price for that.
It probably would sound pretty funny if every time an all pro athlete thanked an old coach, or invoked his parents names before a press conference. Instead some of these athletes choose to thank the higher power.
I don't have a problem with that, as long as they practice what they preach, and realize how they got to where they are today.