Tebow hype amplifies after football stats match Bible verse

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) react in the final minutes of the team's loss to the New England Patriots in Denver, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011.

Tim Tebow has not only become a household name for his talents on the football field, but also his faith in God.

Now, his football statistics and the Bible seem to be entwined.

The Denver Broncos Quarterback is famously known for praying on one knee on the sidelines. The act has now been dubbed "Tebowing." People all across the United States are "Tebowing" and posting their photos to social media sites. That includes most recently, the Pittsburg Mayor who lost a bet last week when his city's team played the Broncos.

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So now that the regular season is over for the NFL, Tebow's statistics are causing some to turn their heads.

He threw a season-high of 316 yards. He also set an NFL record with 31.6 yards per completion.

What do those two numbers have in common? John 3:16.

Tebow was known to routinely write the numbers "3:16" in black under his eyes while he played football at the University of Florida. When he joined the NFL, it had banned the practice of using personal messages.

And if you're wondering, John 3:16 reads:

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

In 2010, the NCAA banned the personal messages and many called it "The Tebow Rule." During the 2009 BCS Championship, he sported the words "John 3:16" under his high. The next 24 hours, the verse became the highest-ranked Google search term. It was searched more than 90 million times.

A new ESPN poll also showed that Tim Tebow is now America's favorite pro athlete. Only 11 other athletes have won the rare title. Those include athletes like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.

So when word broke out that Tebow threw for 316 yards, the hash tag #faith trended for a while on Twitter. One tweet described it perfectly: "It's a little crazy that Tebows' favorite verse is John 3:16 and he threw for 316 yards & a couple of his bosses are named John. #faith."

So, what do you think? Is it a coincidence?