Fun or Offensive? Tebowing Goes Viral

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Denver Bronco's quarterback and outspoken Christian Tim Tebow has gone viral, this time not for his football skills or his John 3:16 eye black -- but for his sideline prayers.

A new craze called "Tebowing" is now spreading across the Internet.

Tebowing.com defines the act as, "To get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different."

The gesture was named after Tebow, who often drops to one knee during his football games to give thanks to God.

The term quickly became a trending topic on Twitter Thursday.

Bloggers are comparing Tebowing to "planking," a social networking phenomenon that surfaced last spring with people sharing photos of them laying face down in random places.

Tim Tebow tweeted "Love it!" in response to the Tebowing trend, and even posted his favorite photo  -- a young boy Tebowing in the hospital with cancer.

Tebowing was started by Denver native Jared Kleinstein.

Kleinstein said after the Oct. 23 comeback win by the Broncos, he noticed Tebow kneeling and praying while the rest of his team celebrated.

Inspired by the act, Kleistein convinced his friends to take a photo while assuming Tebow's prayer position, or "Tebowing."

Although some initially thought he was mocking Tebow and his public prayer, Kleinstein said that wasn't his intent.

"Love him or hate him, but Tebow fever is contagious," Kleinstein told the Denver Post. "It's a lot of fun, and that's why this worked so well."

After an overwhelming response on Facebook, Kleinstein started Tebowing.com so others could share their photos.

Participants range from other NFL players to U.S. soldiers, cheerleading squads, and entire families Tebowing.

What do you think about Tebowing? Is it mocking Tebow's faith or a shout out to his example?  Share your thoughts on our Facebook page  and on Twitter.

--Originally aired October 27, 2011.

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