A recently released Tim Tebow music video may be uplifting to fans of the Denver Broncos quarterback; however, Jim Rome clearly thinks it's laughable. On Thursday's airing of his syndicated sports talk show, the popular television and radio personality put the embarrassing song at the center of one of his famous bits, pretending to be a fan, while his army of clones repeatedly emailed jokes criticizing the openly-religious player.
Tim Tebow's Fire
John Parr won a Grammy in the 1980s, thanks to a hit song that was used in a popular movie. Originally known as "St. Elmo's Fire," the song's title has been altered to "Tim Tebow's Fire" by the musician himself, with lyrics that refer specifically to the Denver Broncos quarterback and his apparent will to win.
While some of Jim Rome's loyal listeners sent emails calling the song "garbage" and begging the host to "remove the screwdriver" from their ears, Rome took up a fictitious position of support, saying Parr's decision to change the song's lyrics spoke to Tebow's transcendence and ability to inspire "people across every walk of life."
"I've never seen anything like it," Rome said. "People didn't do that for Tiger Woods. You can talk about Tiger Woods and him being transcendent; guys were not changing lyrics to the one song they’re known for for Tiger Woods. Only Tim Tebow."
Also known for his ESPN television talk show, Jim Rome is Burning, Rome recently signed a lucrative contract to work for CBS. As a long-time critic of Tebow, he even went so far as to remind listeners that he once supported Kyle Orton over the former Florida gator.
"Look I like Kyle Orton; I defended Kyle Orton," Rome said. "'Kyle Orton's fire' does not sound the same in a song as 'Tim Tebow's fire.'"
Rome continued his false support for the Tim Tebow music video, saying not even Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Bart Starr or Joe Namath could match the Tebow name - at least when it came to the way it sounds in a song.
"People love Tebow," Rome said sarcastically. "I'm following suit. I see the guy's fire; I feel the guy's fire."
Incidentally, Parr's song was released several months ago before Tebow gathered traction in the NFL world; however, it has now gathered increased attention, thanks mostly to the quarterback's unlikely playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Released in the mid-1980s, the song was originally inspired by Rick Hansen, a Canadian paralympian who competed in spite of being restricted to a wheelchair. According to Parr, he felt compelled to modify the song's lyrics in Tebow's honor due to fact that he "lives his life as being a great example."
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