Not being a great watcher of any kind of sportsball, let alone American sportsball, my first introduction to the 3:16 meme was in Attitude-era WWE, where signs were more likely to read “Austin 3:16” than the original. It took me years–remember, this was in the days pre-internet, so it’s not like I could just Google it–to even realize what that was a reference to,1 let alone that it in itself was referencing something else.
A sad sort of tale, regardless of your interest in either sport or religion, I think.
You sit there and you thump your Bible, and you say your prayers, and it didn’t get you anywhere! Talk about your Psalms, talk about John 3:16… Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your ass!^