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Muslim Brothers Behind Tim Tebow Billboard

11 January 2012 General 23 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Muslim brothers behind Tim Tebow billboard


DENVER – A giant electronic billboard that went up off 58th Avenue and Interstate 25 when the Broncos had an embarrassing record at the beginning of the season.

It begged Denver Broncos head coach John Fox to start Tim Tebow at quarterback instead of Kyle Orton.

Shortly after it went up, the Broncos reached 1-4 and then Tebow took over and led the team to the playoffs.

As the Broncos have evolved, so has the sign.

On Monday, the huge LED sign said, “Tebow’s trigger is right on target,” referring to John Elway’s request that Tebow throw the ball during Sunday night’s game.

Tebow threw for 316 yards and his 80-yard pass in overtime won the game for the Broncos over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The people behind the sign are not Christian or a conservative group plugging Tebow’s faith.

It’s three Muslim brothers who are just big fans of Tebow and the Broncos.

“It adds to the fun, at least for us,” Tariq Suleiman said.

“We wanted to be part of the excitement,” Mohammad Suleiman said.

After Sunday night’s thrilling overtime victory, the Suleiman brothers’ latest message asks doubters, “Now Do You Believe” in Tebow?

“For me personally, I never doubted him. I knew he could pull off a Steelers win,” Tariq said.

The Suleiman brothers have been creating new messages after each game, all from an office which has a window view of the sign.

Mohammad Suleiman is the youngest at 26, Ali, 28, is the middle brother, and Tariq, 30, comes up with most of the messages.

They all sell wholesale goods at their father’s store which is next to the billboard.

As most fans know, Tebow is a devout Christian who thanks the Lord during most interviews.

The Suleiman brothers are devout Muslims, also proud of their faith.

“We do like the fact that he practices what he preaches,” Mohammad Suleiman said.

“I am also a big believer in God as a Muslim, there are some differences but when Muslims and Christians get together, miracles can occur. We just had the Mile High miracle!” Tariq Suleiman said.

After Tebow threw for 316 yards last night, people quickly made the religious connection to John 3:16, which is Tebow’s favorite Bible verse.

Tebow also wore the verse on his eye black when he was quarterback in college at the University of Florida.

After the connection surfaced Monday morning, John 3:16 became the most searched Google term on Monday.

“I went to check the Quran, chapter 3, verse 16 to see what it said, and it talks about salvation and believing in God, very similar to what the Bible says,” Mohammad Suleiman said.

But the Suleimans say they didn’t start running the billboards for religious reasons, it was all about rallying for their favorite quarterback and team.

“It’s been great, obviously with the wins, and the way the fans have been coming in and reacting, they’ve been coming in and thanking us,” Mohammad Suleiman said.

“We love the Denver Broncos, we’ve always been fans, and this year has been just an amazing year,” Tariq Suleiman said.

9NEWS got a preview of the next sign the brothers will unveil. You can see it tonight on 9NEWS at 9 and 10 p.m.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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23 Comments »

  1. The last time this many people followed a white bronco was when OJ was on the run.

  2. Obviously a Mooslim conspiracy. (removes tongue from cheek).

  3. I won’t deny that Tebow is not good at football. But he’s a complete asshat with how he goes about his faith.

  4. Muslims watch football? There aught to be a law against Sharia encroachment on referee calls!

  5. The Muslim Brotherhood are behind the billboard? FEAR!!!! PANIC!!!!!

  6. Cowards blame Muslims for everything they dislike!

  7. Don’t we worship the same God??

  8. I LOVE THIS STORY!! This is how it should be….. Muslims & Christians sharing an interest & respecting each other’s religion.

  9. @Dot Rutledge – Yes :))

  10. Nice story. THIS is how society should be. . . . Everyone from every faith and every walk of life sharing and caring about one another.

  11. For those of you who responded negatively, why is it you people can’t see the positive of things? It really is no surprise that this world is so depressing, considering the negativity everyone has toward everything.

  12. For those of you who responded negatively, why is it you people can’t see the positive of things? It really is no surprise that this world is so depressing, considering the negativity everyone has toward everything.

  13. Teresa Brand, some of those negative responses were sarcastic. Well, I hope it was!

  14. Teresa Brand, some of those negative responses were sarcastic. Well, I hope it was!

  15. @ JACQUI…thank you…I was feeling alone.

  16. @ JACQUI…thank you…I was feeling alone.

  17. When you judge someone, it doesn’t define who they are, it defines who YOU are.

  18. When you judge someone, it doesn’t define who they are, it defines who YOU are.

  19. This is what this country is build upon freedom of choice.Religion is one .It didn’t meant that if you are a Muslim you can’t be a part of sports or a fan.People before cleaning other peoples backyard ,you better start looking @ your own backyard.I am a Christian 100 percent.The person itself defines you of who you are not your religion.

  20. In b4 Muslim conspira–… Damn it Bill, you beat me to it!

  21. This is actually funny and cool
    See we do normal things. We’re chill

  22. Obviously these Suleiman bros are just trying to blend in with the predominant Christian folks we got here in Denver, and sell there cheap eastern goods. It seems Daddy hooked the brothers up with some cash to buy the billboard because they want to exploit the Tebow mania in a negative way.

  23. To: Samantha KaylaAnn Donnelly via Facebook

    Muslims pray 5 times a day and very frequently in public places.

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