Action star Chuck Norris takes on Tim Tebow critics in essay

Newsbusters ran a column by Chuck Norris defending Tim Tebow. (Credit: Chuck Norris Facebook page)

Newsbusters ran a column by Chuck Norris defending Tim Tebow. (Credit: Chuck Norris Facebook page)

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DENVER — Action star Chuck Norris has put the haters on notice: If you want to disrespect Tim Tebow, you’ll have to deal with him.

Earlier this week, conservative website Newsbusters ran an exhaustive, 1,000+ word column by the 73-year-old martial artist defending Tebow’s work ethic, leadership qualities and overall influence on society.

“Tebow is a player who rises to the occasion and delivers big in critical moments,” Norris wrote. “He reminds me of myself when I used to compete in martial arts.”

Calling the former Broncos quarterback “the ultimate clutch player,” Norris continued the karate-football comparison.

“I would spar with my black belts in class, and sometimes they would outscore me,” he wrote. “Yet in the tournaments, I would defeat them. My students used to ask me, ‘Why is it that we can contend equally against you in class but can’t beat you in the tournaments?’ My answer was always the same: When it counts, I rise to the occasion. The same is true of the former Heisman Trophy winner.”

Norris then takes on Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Kahn over reports that the team, like most others in the National Football League, is not interested in acquiring free agent Tebow:

“So let me respectfully challenge Khan to consider these words from (Martin Luther King Jr.): ‘There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.’”

“To put it simply,” Norris wrote, “Tim could help turn that mediocre team into a championship one. Tebow works miracles on the field, and his inclusion would embolden the spirit of the Jaguars’ players and fans.”

Read the full article at Newsbusters.

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