Glimpsed shortly before the fall of Constantinople, the electrical phenomenon known as “St. Elmo’s Fire” was taken as a sign that Christianity would prevail over the Ottoman Empire. It didn’t, but many years later the song would take on new significance for the faithful, when singer John Parr channeled the story of Canadian Paralympic athlete Rick Hansen into the anthem of hope, “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion),” which served as a light in the darkness to early-’80s college students, offering comfort that they would prevail over the illusory problems of youth and become successful yuppies.
And now, “St. Elmo’s Fire” has been brought full circle as a song for God’s starting quarterback Tim Tebow—a sign that his stunning last-minute Steelers upset and declarations of apostolic allegiance from Pat Robertson are not the only indicators that he has been chosen to prevail over all of his enemies as a man in motion, specifically that thing where he gets down on one knee and prays real, real hard. Parr re-recorded his 1985 hit with newly Tebow-inspired lyrics—such as, “Gonna be a man in motion / All I need is my Broncos team / Take me where my future’s lyin’ / Tim Tebow’s fire”—and you can check it out below. You can. You don’t have to. [via Deadspin]