Tim Tebow is a fan of Tebowing
Tim Tebow loves Tebowing.
No, that's not the name of his dog or a new model airplane. It's the name for a pose he struck after beating the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Tebow, overcome with glee, fell to one knee and prayed.
A verb was born.
A few young Broncos fans mimicked his stance and created a website, tebowing.com, to display their photos. It went viral.
Tebow's reaction? Hallelujah!
On Thursday, he Tweeted: "#Tebowing - to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different. Love it!"
He even selected a favorite photo. It's of a little boy "tebowing" while receiving chemotherapy. He tweeted: "Praying for you and God bless you big man!"
One of the founders of this craze, Jared Kleinstein, who works for an online real estate website and is in his 20s, said the idea for "tebowing.com" stemmed from his desire to honor the quarterback.
"We obviously all went through the same emotions that the entire city did on Sunday," Kleinstein said. "We were chanting Tebow to start the game, scared for 55 minutes, and then we had the most exhilarating five minutes of our lives.
"We were cheering, jumping up and down. I looked up at the screen and noticed everyone on the sidelines doing the same thing, and Tebow had quickly kneeled. And so, as we walked out of the bar, I said, 'You know what? Let's pay tribute and pull a Tebow and start Tebowing.' So we kneeled for a photo and thought it would be fun and posted it Facebook. A couple people started liking it and that was how Tebowing was born."
-- Melissa Rohlin
Photo: Some adherents demonstrate Tebowing at a high school football game Colorado. Credit: Aaron Ontiveroz / Associated Press