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Kings' Jack Johnson pays tribute to Tim Tebow after goal [Video]

January 10, 2012 | 10:35 am

If Kings defenseman Jack Johnson really wanted to honor Tim Tebow on Monday night, he would have scored 15 seconds earlier ... with 3:16 showing on the clock.

Tebow, the devout Christian quarterback of the Denver Broncos, freaked everyone out Sunday both with his dominating performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers and by passing for 316 yards and a 31.6 average, bringing to mind perhaps the most famous Bible verse of all, John 3:16.

Alas, Johnson wasn't quite able to pull that off, instead scoring with 3:01 remaining in the second period of the Kings' 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals at Staples Center. So he did the next best thing: he Tebowed, dropping to one knee right there on the ice.

Times writer Lisa Dillman described the origin of the tribute in Tuesday's paper:

"The background behind it was that I've got some buddies that flew in from Michigan," Johnson said.

"And we were watching the [football] game last night and after the game they said, 'If you score, would you Tebow for us?' I said, 'Sure deal.' Then I ended up scoring and I thought, 'I've got to pay up.'"

After Denver quarterback Tim Tebow's stirring overtime victory over the Steelers on Sunday, Johnson excitedly tweeted: "love it, so happy for him. Awesome!!! Show the world."

Apparently Johnson decided to do the same thing.


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