Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl was true to his word Tuesday when he donned a Tim Tebow jersey and struck the quarterback-inspired pose sweeping the nation.
Ravenstahl was forced on one knee thanks to a friendly wager made with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock prior to Sunday’s Steelers-Broncos playoff game, KDKA-TV reported.
In a game most experts agreed was Pittsburgh’s to lose, the Steel City mayor and his constituents could only watch in shock as Tebow and the Denver Broncos completed their latest feat with an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime for the 29-23 win.
Ravenstahl, holding up his end of the bargain, struck the now famous Tebow prayer pose in Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente Memorial Park.
"This is not something I ever thought I’d have to do, and it’s certainly not something I’m looking forward to," Ravenstahl said in a statement. "However, we’re good sports here in Pittsburgh, and I want to congratulate Denver on a great win."
According to KDKA-TV, had the game turned out differently, Hancock would have had to don a Pittsburgh jersey and wave one of the Steelers’ famed "Terrible Towels" at a public event in Denver.
Ravenstahl is no stranger to making friendly wagers with his mayoral counterparts. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg honored his bet with Ravenstahl last February by hanging a "Terrible Towel" in front of the New York Public Library after the Steelers beat the Jets in the AFC Championship Game.