The Legend of Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow...the legend continues
Tim Tebow...the legend continues

Okay, I know Tim Tebow is only the 3rd string QB for the Denver Broncos, but he has more popularity than Peyton Manning or Tom Brady right now. He was drafted in the first round by Josh McDaniel's and the Denver Broncos in 2010, and is quickly gaining status at mythological proportions. It could be because of his strong faith in Christianity, his Heisman trophies, Championship titles, new shoe line, leading jersey sales or maybe just because he has an extremely hot girlfriend.

I actually think it may be something else.

I've been hearing stories about him and these tales are jaw-dropping, exciting and simply capture the attention of many wise people who are seeking the truth about Tim Tebow. Here are a few that I've heard so far..

1) Tim defends himself from 23 muggers. As he was walking out to his car one late night from the Dove Valley practice facility near Denver, he was approached by 23 muggers who wanted to beat him up, take his money and his car. Normally, one would just give them what they wanted and move on, but not Tim Tebow!

Now, Tebow's a QB, but he's built like a tight end or a fullback with a heart of gold, and this tale just shows the awesome power that he possesses. Tim basically took his cleats off, grabbed a clipboard out of his back pack and approached the would be robbers.

As the muggers began to attack, Tebow swung his clipboard and cleats swiftly and powerfully as he laid into them. Truth is, they say, is that he basically pummeled the crap out of all of them. Legend has it that he sent 9 of them to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries, 10 of them crawled back to their vehicles in extreme pain and four of them just laid on the ground crying, even hours after he left. Oddly enough, though, they all got together, wrote thank you letters to Tebow for setting them straight and made vows to stop what they were doing. Last I heard, most of them began volunteering at local Boys & Girls Club around the region.

2) He saves 6 families from a burning 3-story apartment building. Now this is really just word on the street from a Florida Gator fan I know, who lives in Louisiana, but apparently at approximately 2:30am one morning, a fire broke out in a local apartment building in a small rural community outside Tampa, Florida. Wouldn't you know it, though, Tebow was there to save the day!

The first thing he did was take pieces of nylon rope he had in the back of his 1978 AMC Gremlin and lace them together to create a really sturdy climbing tool. The purpose, was to get to the 3rd floor of the apartment, where 4 families with little kids were trapped. They were trapped because the smoke got so bad they couldn't get down the stairwell, and the fire escape was, unfortunately, unsafe to use and crumbling away before their eyes.

One thing about Tim, was that he has so much upper body strength, he was able to single-handedly carry each family member down the rope he pieced together and get them to safety. Literally, within seconds of getting the last person outside of this building, it became engulfed in flames and collapsed to the ground, making the most horrific sound anyone has heard since the implosion of the Kingdom in Seattle.

Now, here's the most incredible part of it. Being the holy man that Tim Tebow is, he carried a 5 gallon bucket of holy water to the 3rd story, each trip, to the families. He didn't have too much time, so he grabbed an orange Home Depot bucket, blessed the water and worked his magic. This will probably never again be replicated in our age, but he used that water to baptize those kids and some of the adults before lowering them down to safety! It was an incredibly miraculous experience to witness, they say. The number of people rescued that day was 17 people in all - including 11 children!

3) Tebow finishes a game of football paralyzed from the waist down. Now, a lot of football fans know about Tebow finishing a high school football game on a broken leg, but what most people do not know was about a time when he played an un-official pick-up game near a farm located outside Atlanta, Georgia. He drove several hours to this game in the middle of the night to get away from the limelight he was constantly in at the Florida college campus. Plus, this group of kids he met with were disadvantaged, didn't have much hope in life and just needed a positive influence in their lives. Tebow got wind of this group of teenagers and his heart just wouldn't let him miss this game for the world.

When he got there, it was the typical setting of a rural farmland at night. Cows were standing around the pastures asleep, a cool breeze came over the field and everything was quiet except the melodious crickets chirping into the almost full moon. He stepped out of his car and greeted the kids with a great big smile. After they chose which players would play on what team, it was game time!

An epic battle transpired into the break of night. Two-hand touch was the game and whoever would get a full 2 touchdowns lead, first would be the victor. Pass after pass and run after run, Tebow was fantastic. He moved swiftly in the night, but the defenders kept their team within one score or tied for hours on in. Finally, Tebow handed the ball to little Huey, who was 16 years old and living in van down by the river. Little Huey broke free through the line and ran 45 yards to put his team up one score.

On the very next play, Huey's team kicked the ball over to their opponent. Billy Jo Wyatt caught the ball and ran sideline to sideline, dodging every single player on the team, except Tebow. He was within 7 yards of the goaline in an attempt to score the tying touchdown, when Timmy lunged out to tag him and stop Billy's progress. He was able to tag Billy, but after he slammed to the ground, he couldn't get back up! Cheers turned into "whoa's" as they circled Tebow to find out what had happened. Smiles and hollerin' turned into sadness and a few shed tears as Tim peered up at them with downcast eyes.

He looked at them and said, "kids, I can't move my legs, nor anything below my waist.....I'm paralyzed".

For a good fifteen minutes everyone was silent as he tried to figure a way to move himself around.

Finally, Tim said, "you know what, y'all? This is the spot that I tagged Billy. This is where we get the ball!" Then, little Huey's cousin, Gunther, asked, " what are you gonna do, Tim?".

Tim responded, "We play from here, Gunther......... we play from here"

A few moments later, Tim called a play and they lined up from their own 7 yard line. Tim, calls for the hike and the defenders count "1 Mississippi....2 Mississippi..." Once the defender got to 10 Mississippi, he jumped out toward Tebow. Tebow, from his sitting down position, brought back the football and hurled it as far as he could. It disappeared in the foggy night for a few moments at its apex and then dropped down toward the other end zone. The ball sailed through air 88 yards before it hit its target. The target was Mayor Zane's one and only grandson, Bobby Dupree. Bobby was only about 85 pounds, and when the ball hit him it basically drove itself into Bobby's stomach. After it hit him at the 5 yard line, the impact carried him 7 yards into the end zone, sealing the victory and making Tebow a living legend.

Moments later, the cheering subsided and a rooster began to crow. Tebow felt his legs again and stood up. The sun began to rise and shone on him. It was a sight to remember as the reflection from the sun made Tim Tebow glow bright orange with a tint of blue and the light radiating from him blinded all the kids.

Before the kids' sight was restored, Tim took to his car and made his way back home without a word. This is how the people of that little town in Georgia remember Tim Tebow.........or so I am told.

What does this all mean, you ask?

I think that in the coming years we're going to hear many more stories like these about Tim Tebow that will boggle the mind. He will do perform amazing feats on the football field wearing his Denver Bronco uniform and will greatly outgrow the shadow that the legendary John Elway casts on the city of Denver. But the most important miracles he will perform will be outside of walls of Invesco Field at Mile High.

Disclaimer: None of the above tales have been validated by Wikipedia nor any other notable outfit, and therefore should not be taken as factual information.

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Yess! 6 years ago

You forgot the one about his single handed, undeniable, impact on the world of trendsetting coifs- sparked by the now famous "monk" cut!


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Steve Schroeder 6 years ago Author

I'm really worried about the possible trend setting monk cut!


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jerseys4kids.com 4 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

he should have a look at The Book Of Matthew 6:6

"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."


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Steve Schroeder 4 years ago Author

I love it when someone makes comments like this.

First of all, this passage was aimed at the religious leaders and pharisees in that day. This group of religious leaders were completely in it for themselves, corrupt and abused their power in a horrible way. These leaders prayed long-winded, loud and ridiculous prayers to bring attention to themselves. They even prayed out loud that they not be like the rest of the people they were in charge of.

To compare Tebow to these people is pretty lame because you obviously don't know what this passage is about and are clearly taking it out of context. Have you ever heard Tebow dis his teammates and only attribute success to himself? Do you know Tebow's heart? What part of his life outside of football do you even know anything about? I do know he serves his Lord every day, is a great example to kids and adults alike. He is even spending millions of dollars to fund a sorely needed hospital in the Philippines. He is also a very humble dude who always credits his coaches, team players, fans, and most of all Jesus. The pharisees Jesus was referring to in this passage can't hold a candle to what Tebow is doing.

Please don't quote scripture (especially on a silly hub that was meant for a few laughs) unless you know how to use it.


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jerseys4kids.com 4 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

Steve,

I can see that you take your Christianity very seriously, and I acccept the fact that you know your scripture. Perhaps you are right, maybe I shouldn't quote the bible unless I know how to use it, and obviously you know better than me.

For example, you said "The pharisees Jesus was referring to in this passage can't hold a candle to what Tebow is doing."

I had no idea that Jesus wrote The Book of Matthew, I had thought the book is called The Book of Matthew, because Matthew was the author. He was one of Jesus' disciples.

Shows how much I know!


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Steve Schroeder 4 years ago Author

I'm confused by your last comment. Those words were Jesus' words. Matthew wrote them down...which is why it's the book of Matthew


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Angie497 4 years ago

Well, if you want to get really technical, no one has any ideas whether or not those were Jesus' words, because the Book of Matthew was written sometime after the turn of the first century (so at least 70 years or so after Jesus's death). Given that time gap, it's almost impossible that he had any first-hand knowledge of Jesus or anything that he said. And it was originally written in Greek, not Aramaic or Hebrew, which makes it even less likely to have been written by anyone with first-hand knowledge of Jesus.

The writings themselves never identify the author. Somewhere around the 2nd century, church leaders simply began calling it the Book of Matthew.

And the fact that in the story those words were aimed at the Pharisees doesn't mean that they can't be relevant today, or interpreted in the way that jerseys4kids suggests. Your own words are "These leaders prayed long-winded, loud and ridiculous prayers to bring attention to themselves." Personally, I tend to think that if Jesus was offended by the Pharisees praying so as to bring attention to themselves that he would be offended by anyone else doing the same thing.


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Steve Schroeder 4 years ago Author

Good points Angie and thank you for the comments. I actually appreciate everyone who has read my hub and replied! Definitely sparked a good discussion!

I definitely believe that the words in this passage are just as relevant back then as they are now. The point I'm trying to make is that I don't think they apply to Tebow's behavior. I don't know his heart (as only God does), but from everything I've seen and read about Tebow, he seems genuine in his praise of God....unlike people like the pharisees. I can think of lots of people on the TBN network that would fit that category, but not Tebow.

BTW, hope you all at least got a laugh at the hub, as that was the original intention!


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jerseys4kids.com 4 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

Steve,

Please keep in mind that my comments about Tim Tebow are not meant to suggest anything negative about him as a person. I am not questioning his character, I think he is a great football player, a great althete, and maybe even a great person, I just don't think he has any right to preach on the football field, or while in uniform as a football player.

I don't think anyone has a right to promote their religious beliefs (or lack thereof) at the workplace. I believe that when he takes off his uniform he can pray and preach as much as he wants, but while at work, I think he should take into consideration that not everyone agrees with him or wants to hear him preach.

I don't think that is unreasonable, and I think it is only a matter of time until the NFL, and the Broncos step in and ask him to "tone it down", as many other players around the league have suggested.


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Steve Schroeder 4 years ago Author

What's funny is that he doesn't go out and preach on the field. He plays football. The only time the so-called "preaching" happens is when media ASKS him what he attributes success to. Otherwise, he just thanks his Savior before every interview. I think it's commendable and awesome that he stands up for Jesus in front of everyone. It's just as Jesus commanded us to do. Why hide the light under a lamp, shine it for the whole world to see.

More Christians should be like him. Myself included. Shouldn't have to be ashamed of our beliefs or shy away from them. He wasn't ashamed of us when he died on the cross for our sins.

I think Christians should be more assertive even in the workplace. I'm not saying that they should force their opinion on others, but it should be completely obvious that they are Christians no matter what.

So, in a nutshell, I completely disagree with you on that point. Tebow and any other Christian should be able to express their faith in God in the workplace, or anywhere else for that matter. It's our religious freedom and it's something we should never be ashamed of.


Athiest 4 years ago

Stevie .. u seem to be missing the point! You blast away about what Christians should do, as they have been "commanded" to do by Christ? You don't seem to accept, or realize, that it isn't just about Christians, it is about Muslims, Athiests and everyone else. For example, how about I attribute all my personal success to the fact that I spent my time working my ass off, as apposed to waisting it praying to a fictional God? That would offend the hell out of you .. wouldn't it? I think that is a fair comparison to what Timmy is doing. I just don't really believe you are ready to accept this behaviour from non Christians.. making you a hypocrite.


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Steve Schroeder 4 years ago Author

Actually, the comments on here were directed at Tebow and his "preaching" while in a uniform. He is basically hated by a lot of people because of his very straight-forward outgoing love for Jesus. For those that are offended by Jesus' words and commands, anyone who acknowledges him as Lord and Savior usually say stuff like this. It's the Truth and the genuine relationship with the Creator that offend the non-believer. So yeah, in this case, it's all about Christianity.

But, to answer your other question. No, I would not be offended at all if other religious people expressed their own gratitude to some other god they believed in. That's what makes this country great, freedom of religion and speech! I would feel inclined to pray for them, though. Hoping one day they see the truth of Jesus Christ.

And as far as sports players attributing their success to working their ass' off, we already see that kind of selfish behavior exhibited over and over! The beating of the chest, the "look-at-me" antics displayed on and off the field, etc. Kinda used to that already.


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Angie497 4 years ago

Steve, there's a comment that so many Christians are fond of using (often just before they start talking about how someone's going to hell) - "We hate the sin, not the sinner." I haven't seen many people that say they hate Tebow, or hate that he's a Christian. What they don't like is his behavior. I would say I fall into that category, largely in part because (a) his end zone routine is a violation of NFL rules and (b) he's being allowed to make a display that other people have been penalized for. And I suspect (c) - if he was praising anyone other than the Christian god, it wouldn't be tolerated.

And as far as Christians being more assertive - thank you, but no, and especially not in the workplace. No need to hide your religion, but that doesn't mean that it needs to be shoved in everyone's face at every opportunity, either. Especially since an awful lot of Christians would be horrified if that behavior was practiced by people of other faiths. Unfortunately, all too many very vocal Christians not only want to proclaim their faith, they want to announce that their faith is the *only* faith. Not exactly something that a non-Christian wants to hear all day every day - it's uncomfortable, and sometimes downright intimidating.


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Steve Schroeder 4 years ago Author

Angie your comment about celebrations in the endzone are incorrect. If Tebow was using the ball or some other object as a prop, and delaying the game somehow, that would be a penalty. Tons of players point to the sky, cross their heart, dance, flex their muscles, jump into the stands, etc. It is allowed and if Tebow gets down on a knee it's not a penalty. He's not getting special treatment at all! Besides most of the "tebowing" you see is on the sidelines.

As far as intimidating behavior?? Give me a break! If anything offends someone it's most likely the prescence of the Holy Spirit that is uncomfortable to a non-christian. Christians can also feel uncomfortable around God too, especially when they have allowed sin in their life.


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Angie497 4 years ago

Actually, Steve, if he was pointing at the sky, crossing his heart, or dancing, he would be in compliance with the rules as long as it doesn't delay the game. The jumping into the stands is allowed only because it doesn't occur on the field - it's in the stands. Tebow can kneel on the sidelines all he wants and be in compliance with the rules, because the sidelines are not considered part of the field of play.

But using a prop or delaying a game are not the only violations. The rules specifically prohibit a player from 'going to the ground' in celebration. Every time Tebow kneels, he's violating the rules. And he *is* getting special treatment - earlier this season, the Raiders were penalized when Chris Johnson went to his knees to celebrate an interception.


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Steve Schroeder 4 years ago Author

I would really like for someone to show me where dropping to one knee is considered a penalty unless it's in some taunting fashion against another player. Dropping on the ground and rolling or crawling is. Tebow is not getting away away with anything. Only haters would say something like that.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 4 years ago from Colorado

Steve, thanks for taking the heat. You and Tim are courageous. Thinking about these things and finding a way to engage others is commendable. Having these discussions with some those who are angered by freedom of religion which remains a constitutional right, and wanting it to be restricted to their individual interpretation of the time and place it should happen is taking a stand. This nation and its people have shifted and drifted to extremes that we are expected to tolerate while they tolerate nothing. I applaud this hub, your efforts and your fairness. Bless you up, interesting and following.


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

Tim Tebow is a human being and a wonderful man who WILL end up in Heaven. A caring man who has dedicated himself to helping the less fortunate, using the words of the lord. The world could use more of this.


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Steve Schroeder 4 years ago Author

Thank you very much SimpleGiftsofLove for reading and for the uplifting post! You are absolutely right about the whole tolerance issue. Christians are supposed to remain 'tolerant', but it's okay for everyone else to attack Christian beliefs or anyone who exercises their religious freedoms. Talk about hypocritical!


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Steve Schroeder 4 years ago Author

Thanks for reading cleaner3. Tebow is a very godly man and the work he does outside of football is absolutley amazing. He is an amazing role model for young people amongst a whole lot of bad ones.

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