Tim Tebow Says Deion Sanders ‘Genuinely Cares About People’
By Movieguide® Contributor
Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders has been vocal about his faith, and former football star Tim Tebow knows first-hand that the coach’s love for God and others is genuine.
“I’ve been friends with (Deion) for quite a while now since, honestly, the end of college or early time in the NFL. He was just so encouraging, so supportive, so kind. Always gave me words of encouragement or words of wisdom,” Tebow told Fox News. “And, honestly, he would go out of his way to do it in a very nice way. Not just like when cameras are there doing it but behind the scenes.”
In fact, Tebow witnessed Sander’s love and kindness for people in action at an event the two hosted.
“At this event, he went out of his way for a while to answer questions, encourage people, care for people. I hope people understand that it’s not just done when the cameras are there. It’s also done behind the scenes, and he cares about people,” he stated to Fox News.
“He really, really genuinely cares about people, and I think that’s contagious. I think you see it in his players. I think you see it in his coaches,” Tebow added. “I think you see it in the people when they’ve been around him. They see it, and then you want to be around people like that—people that care, people with passion, people with enthusiasm for life, for their sport. That’s something that’s always been contagious to me.”
In a recent X post, Sanders proclaimed the name of Jesus.
“JESUS! I had to say that to make Demons tremble and haters agitated. JESUS IS MY LORD & SAVIOR so get use to me proclaiming his name daily. God bless u now please have a blessed day because I am. #CoachPrime,” he wrote.
JESUS! I had to say that to make Demons tremble and haters agitated. JESUS IS MY LORD & SAVIOR so get use to me proclaiming his name daily. God bless u now please have a blessed day because I am. #CoachPrime
Many fans commented things like “God Bless,” “Amen” and “I Believe.”
Another fan wrote, “Thank you coach Prime. This open and passionate faithfulness can impact a whole country. The spotlight is on you and you are turning it to your faith.”
Sanders’ faith impacts how he interacts with opposing teams.
“In a press conference on Tuesday (Sept. 19), Sanders defended Colorado State player Henry Blackburn against death threats he has received due to knocking Colorado Buffaloes star wide receiver Travis Hunter out of the game Saturday after a late hit. The hit resulted in a lacerated liver for Hunter and will keep him off the field for at least three to four weeks,” Church Leaders reported.
“Henry Blackburn is a good player who played a phenomenal game,” Sanders began in a press conference. “He made a tremendous hit on Travis on the sideline. You could call it dirty, you could call it he was just playing the game of football. But whatever it was, it does not constitute that he should be receiving death threats.”
“The guy is trying to live his dream and hopefully graduate with honors and a degree, committed to excellence, and go to the NFL. He does not deserve a death threat over a game,” Sanders added.
“At the end of the day this is a game. Someone must win. Someone must lose. Everybody continues their life the next day,” Coach Prime expressed. “That kid was just playing the best of his ability and he made a mistake.”
As Jesus commands his followers to forgive anyone who offends them, Coach Prime forgave Blackburn.
“I forgive him. Our team has forgiven him. Travis has forgiven him. Let’s move on,” Sanders concluded.