Imagine that you're about to take a standardized test that could have a massive impact on the rest of your life. You've spent months prepping for it. If you do well, it could add millions to your bank account and help to ensure your employment for a few years. If you don't, you could be a national laughingstock, and it could cost you a fortune.
Your foot is shaking. Your palms are sweating. Your pencil is tapping. You want the test. You want that paper in your hands. One way or another, you want to get on with it.
Hold up. Stop everything. Someone a few rows away would like everyone to pause first, so that everyone gathered may offer the Lord a prayer.
Here, you'll probably react one of two ways. You'll either think, "Yeah, that's a good idea. It couldn't hurt to relax for a second and maybe get a hand from the big fella upstairs." Or ... you will be extremely annoyed at the guy blocking your progress.
This blog post is about someone who had the latter reaction at the request for prayer, made by quarterback prospect Tim Tebow. Via Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk:
At the Scouting Combine, the Wonderlic exam is administered to players in groups. The 12-minute test is preceded by some brief instructions and comments from the person administering the test.
Per a league source, after the person administering the test to Tebow's group had finished, Tebow made a request that the players bow their heads in prayer before taking the 50-question exam.
Said one of the other players in response: "Shut the [fudge] up." Others players in the room then laughed.
I don't think that qualifies as a prayer, sir.
If the story's true -- and it's not that I doubt PFT, it's just that if someone wanted to make up a story about Tim Tebow, this seems like a likely tale -- I'm sure it's nothing Tebow hasn't dealt with before. And to be honest, I'm not sure I wouldn't have been equally as annoyed as the interjecting player.
I mean, I'm glad Tim Tebow's religious. Truly, I am. But you've got a room full of people, all of whom are probably stressed out anyway, and you're going to ask them all to pause for something in which they might not even believe? You can't do that and expect that everyone's going to be tickled pink to go along with it.
Some guys don't want to be bothered with religion. They don't want to talk about it or think about it, and they don't want you to bring it up. They find it uncomfortable. A lot of people are like that.
Perhaps even more so when they're dealing with a stressful situation already.