"I don't see him getting to that point, where money or the fame would get to him," Burness, a longtime fan, said. "It would have already gotten to him."
But if it did?
"Tebow is putting himself in a position where he is a representative of (the Christian) community," Radosh said. "And should there be any infraction — even one that most people might overlook — his Christian fan-base might turn on him very hard."
But maybe it has nothing to do with religion.
Nadia Ahmad, 31, grew up in Gainesville, Fla., close to where Tebow did. She has watched him play since high school and through his college career and jokes that she urged her husband to take a job in Colorado when she found out the Broncos drafted Tebow. She said she even bought a living room set — a couch and some end tables — from the same place Tebow did when she moved here.
Ahmad is Muslim and thinks sometimes Tebow can go overboard with the preaching. But she respects his passion.
Ahmad said her son was born prematurely and with complications, sort of like Tebow was. Her son had to stay in a neonatal intensive- care unit for five weeks because he couldn't maintain body temperature. When she called to check up on him from home, because of privacy concerns, she had to use a password; so she chose Tebow.
"In my mind at the time, if (Tebow) can grow up and be a big strong football player, and with my son the way he was, I was just kind of hoping for the same."
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