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The Legend of Tim Tebow
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.