By Matt Terl
December 16, 2011

One of the side effects of Tim Tebow's remarkable 2011 regular season has been the recurring half-joke that the charismatic, devoutly Christian Tebow will make a tremendous politician whenever his playing days come to an end. Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry decided not to wait that long, and compared himself to Tebow in Thursday night's Republican debate.

Asked about his chances going up against an accomplished debater and rhetorician like Barack Obama, Perry seized on Tebow as his ideal example of an underdog, according to a tweet from's Richard Deitsch:

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And MSNBC news analyst David Corn tweets the other portion of Perry's comparison: apparently Perry's debating style to date is analogous to Tebow's unorthodox throwing motion:

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