Austin 3:16. Now, that was a phenomenon, wasn’t it? Brace yourselves, because the son of Jesus, Tim Tebow is set to hijack it as his own.
With a self-written book about righteousness, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was one of the most entertaining, bad-ass wrestlers in the history of sports entertainment. With growing fame, the “John 3:16” fast became the recognition of Austin. The hype created by Austin was so much that there came a time that anything cool was associated with the logo of 3:16.
With the rising Tebow mania, fans are linking the coveted Denver Broncos’ quarterback with a new obsession. Yes, you have guessed it correctly; it’s the 3:16.
The whole saga started on Monday after the Broncos acquired a famous win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tebow passed for 316 yards and averaged 31.6 yards per completion in the upset win. One glance at these statistics and any pro wrestling fan would have hailed Tebow as his new idol.
Austin 3:16 began at the World Wrestling Entertainment in 1996 at the King of the Ring pay-per-view event, where Austin defeated Jake "the Snake" Roberts. A few weeks before the match Roberts had started talking about seeing the light and giving up on drinking for the Bible.
After Robert was defeated Austin walked up to him and said, “Jake, you talk about your John 3:16, well, Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your…” The very next week, WWE started selling Austin 3:16 T-shirts and they became an instant hit, as a matter of fact they are the best-selling T-shirts in the history of wrestling.
Due to such rich history and a personal connection, Austin is obviously going to have an axe to grind if his brand name is harmed. So, will Austin bless Tebow with 3:16 or is a Stunner destined in his fate?
“Austin 3:16 still rules,” Austin told TMZ.com while commenting on the topic, “but if Tebow can throw for 316 yards again this weekend then hell, he can have the numbers and I'll have no problem with it. A guy named John was using it before me ... so if Tebow can do it again, more power to him!”