Now that the holiday season is quickly winding down as the new year approaches, you may find that many of the religious or faith-based issues that accompany it ebb off too.
Well, for the most part they do but not for all…
In fact, Michigan State Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins took time out of the holidays to talk with the media over a growing concern of his: the treatment of outspoken religious figure and Denver Broncos quarterback, Tim Tebow.
“It seems to be acceptable to mock Tim and the way he represents his faith,” Cousins said, “but it seems to not be acceptable to mock other faiths. I think there’s a disconnect with the way the Christian faith is handled rather than how other faiths are handled. It would be interesting to see if Tim was of another faith, would he be mocked the same way? I doubt that he would be. Or if it had happened, it would be frowned upon very quickly.”
Over the course of the last few weeks, Tebow and the Broncos have taken their share of the national spotlight due in equal parts to the quarterback’s fourth quarter comebacks, as well as his highly-publicized praising of God and the Christian faith afterwards. Many other prominent players and show business personalities alike have begun “Tebowing”, or taking a knee in prayer nearly anywhere, as a form of apparent mocking or at the very least, light-hearted “ribbing” of the Broncos star.
In the end, Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins may not enjoy or love the idea of “Tebowing” and it’s seemingly nationwide acceptance, but he does appreciate that he lives in a country that allows its citizens to express their beliefs, be it Christian or otherwise.
“[The mocking] is a little more acceptable than what I would like to see. But at the end of the day, people can do what they want. The great thing about this country is that there’s a freedom of religion.”
As for the young player’s own thoughts concerning his religious faith and his team’s 42-39 loss to Wisconsin in the first-ever Big Ten title game, Cousins also had much to say.
“I asked myself ‘Why?’ quite a bit,” said Cousins. “Why did God let this happen? It didn’t seem right. It didn’t seem fair.
“Right now, His plan isn’t very fun.”
As for their upcoming match up against Georgia in the Outback Bowl on January 2nd in Tampa Bay, Cousins says his team’s unofficial adopted mindset of being a perpetual underdog is something they hope to use to their advantage, especially after their horrendous 49-7 loss to Alabama in last year’s Capital One Bowl.
We were too content coming into that game,” Cousins said. “We thought we had already accomplished something winning the Big Ten title. And they came into it discontented because they were defending national champions and they weren’t playing in the bowl game they wanted. Well now we’re the ones that are discontented, and we’ll have to make that work to our advantage.”
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