(FOX NEWS) — The NFL football season begins today – and with it, we can expect another round of attacks on New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. There are plenty of legitimate questions about the former Heisman winner’s suitability for the NFL. But the most strident assaults on Tebow typically have nothing to do with his completion percentage, and everything to do with his Christian faith.

Back in 2011, NFL analyst and retired Bengals wide receiver Cris Collinsworth explained that some of the roots of the anti-Tebow animus were faith-based: “It’s unbelievable, though, JB, that one of the best kids – just pure kids that’s ever come into the NFL – is hated because of his faith, because of his mission work, because of the fact that he wears it on his sleeve, because of the fact that he lives his life that he talks about.”

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