Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Depending on which poll you believe, Denver quarterback Tim Tebow is the most popular athlete in sports today, the most over-rated athlete in sports today, the most polarizing athlete in sports today, the most... well, the list goes on and on. But you don't need a poll to recognize this: Mention the name Tim Tebow and almost everyone, sports fan or not, has an opinion. The reason Tebow has captured our fascination so profoundly seems quite obvious: Because Tebow wears his Christian faith so openly on his sleeve, he has stirred up a timeless argument in America: What exactly is the appropriate role of religion in sports? If anyone knows a thing or two about this debate it is former Royals slugger Mike Sweeney, a devout Christian who never hid his faith during his 13 seasons in Kansas City. "To be honest, I applaud Tim," Sweeney told me by phone. "I think what he is doing shows a lot of courage. It's easy to profess your faith when everything is going well. But ...
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