¨the credit goes to my teammates, they make me look better than i really am.¨ – Tim Tebow
In the world of professional sports where corporate greed and athletes who behave like self entitled idiots (insert LeBron James here as a shining example) hang like smog over the skyline of Makati, a bustling metropolis in the Philippines where he was born, Tim Tebow is a breath of much needed fresh air.
In professional football where notoriety is the norm and where quarterbacks have supermodel girlfriends, Tebow, a devout christian son of evangelical missionaries and acknowledged virgin, would much rather talk about football, his faith, and his foundation. right now, a Tebow CURE hospital is set to break ground in March in Davao City Philippines a dream he has had, coming to fruition. A recent interview with USA today gives people gimpses of Tebow, the person off the field. “I don’t have to live the rollercoaster other people live with my life,” Tebow says. “It’s hard because people try to have an effect. I try to stay centered in my faith and my family and the close people around me.”
At 24 years old and 245 pounds, a quarterback built like a linebacker, USA’s favorite athlete as voted for in an ESPN poll and his Denver Broncos sent out a minor ripple across the sporting world by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL’s AFC West Wildcard playoffs to set up a 2nd round meeting with the gold standard, Tom Brady and his New England Patriots; yet people can still not get over the fact that HE actually led the Broncos to the improbable win. ever since he entered the 2010 draft after a sterling college career with the florida gators that included a Heisman trophy win, critics have been quick to say that Tebow won’t amount to much in the NFL. He can’t throw, he doesn’t have the proper fundamentals, and a whole long list of things he supposedly can’t do was thrown right at him, but in a span of two months, Tebow has been quietly letting his game do the talking as he led the Broncos right smack into the playoffs.
Even then, people have been quick to mock him, how he goes down on one knee or Tebowing as it is now officially called to pray after a great play or a win, how he hugs kids at the sidelines from his Tebow Foundation wish 15 program that grants wishes to kids with serious medical ailments, even the fact that he is just basically, not your typical sports personality. apparently being a good guy just isn’t cool for most, i guess it’s easier to accuse him of throwing his religious beliefs in everyone’s faces.
but truth be told, I don’t see Tebow that way, he’s not a bible thumper. he wears his religion on his sleeve yes, he puts scripture verses on his eye black yes, but he doesn’t sell you on his faith like a pro athlete hawking overpriced sneakers. he’s just being himself. the only thing he had to say about all this negativity in his USA Today interview was this. “it just puts everything into perspective.We’re playing a game, and you want to win, but you know that it’s not the end of the world,” Tebow says . “Even a bad loss on the football field is better than spending a day (recovering) in a hospital.”
Tim Tebow appears to be the most polarizing sports figure today. people cannot seem to make up their minds whether to believe he is the real deal, or just a fluke. to embrace Tebowmania or just dismiss it as a passing fad that’s gonna die out just as soon as his Broncos crash back to the ground. The thing is, the guy just keeps on winning. and haters have to gradually admit, he is winning with class, on and off the field. he’s probably not gonna win a superbowl ring this year, his next game might well be his last for this post season, everyone can shout it out as loud as they can but it doesn’t really matter, coz broncos fans, and Tebow fans, well, like me, we just believe. and we’re rooting for the good guy.