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Tim Tebow: A Man to Admire

Updated on January 7, 2012


With this being the beginning of the National Football League’s playoffs, I was inspired to write about one player who has drawn a great deal of attention this season. That player is the Denver Bronco’s Tim Tebow. Tebow is no stranger to controversy and attention. It has followed him since his days of college football at Florida and possibly even earlier than that. While the attention Tebow draws is a mix of positive and negative, none of it seems to bother him. The compliments don’t go to his head, and the insults don’t faze him.


For those of you who aren’t so familiar with Mr. Tebow, you may be wondering why he is the source of such controversy and publicity. For football reasons, he has been highlighted for his unorthodox style of play. He was told he would never succeed as a college quarterback, let alone an NFL quarterback. However, he has Heisman Trophy, two NCAAF Championships, and now has led his team into the NFL playoffs. While he still has many years ahead of him to judge his success, he has done pretty well so far.


The real controversy about Tebow is his faith. He is a self-proclaimed Christian, and he is not afraid to show it. It’s not that he shows it like the Pharisees in the Bible (with a more-holy than you attitude), but he shows it because that is truly how he lives his life. That wherein lies the issue. Tebow’s faith is genuine. Why is that an issue? I don’t have the answer to that question because it isn’t an issue to me. He doesn’t push his Christianity on anyone. He doesn’t tell everyone they are sinners and need to be like him. He simply lives his life in a way that he believes honors God.


But once again we question why this should be a problem. We have all seen the guy with the rainbow hair and John 3:16 sign in the end zone of football games. We have seen the baseball players crossing their chest before every at bat. We have seen the players that thank God and give Him all the credit after a victory. So why is there such backlash towards Tebow? It’s like I stated before; his faith is real. With other profession athletes, it usually just seems like an act. They cross their heart as part of some routine, or they simply thank God because it seems like the thing to do. We aren’t really convinced of their faith, so it gets brushed off. With Tebow we can tell it’s real. He lives it, and people are intimidated by this. For some reason, it generates fear in them.


I will admit that I used to hate Tebow. However, it wasn’t for anything having to do with his beliefs. My dislike stemmed from his dismantling of my Ohio State Buckeyes in the championship football game. My opinion of him has since changed. That is all in the past, and I can respect his athleticism and college football achievements. Even more respectable, though, is his faith. It is impossible for me to dislike him. He is far too genuine of a person. I cannot help but admire him for the man he is.


The story of Tebow may seem too good to be true, but I can ensure you it is. If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself. This is a man who spent his spring breaks during college on mission trips to orphanages while most of his peers were on some beach getting drunk. If you happened to catch ESPN’s recent Sports Center special on him, you would see how he really acts on the field from constantly encouraging teammates, singing to God during the game, or always being positive with the opponent. In October, three Muslim brothers paid for a billboard to be put up to encourage the Broncos to have Tebow be the starting quarterback. Is it a little odd for Muslims to be promoting such an outspoken Christian? They were simply appreciating his football abilities.


Tebow’s life really is a special one. I mentioned earlier that he was told he would never make it as a professional quarterback. Before he was even born, his mom was told he wouldn’t make it. She had a high risk pregnancy and was encouraged to abort him but wouldn’t due to her faith. His pro-life commercial for the 2010 Super Bowl caused conflict. It’s pretty obvious that Tebow has led a special life. With all the odds he has overcome, it makes one question if there has been some Devine intervention. From his birth, to his college career, to all the miraculous come-back victories he has led the Broncos to this season, you can’t help but think God is on his side. You may not agree or support his faith, but it’s hard to not find his life to be a pretty special story.


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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @jerseys - it will be interesting to see what happens with the Jets.

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      jerseys4kids.com 5 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      Like I said .. if he keeps winning .. I will start going to church!

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @jerseys - He might not have the same skill set as the stereotypical NFL quarterback, but he somehow seems to find a way to win. His hype is created by his faith. It causes people to either love or hate him, and this has translated into attention.

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      jerseys4kids.com 5 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      As an Athiest, I don't understand the hype surrounding Tim Tebow? He had a great run in the second half of the season last year, but at the end of the day he doesn't have the skills to be a starting QB in the league, yet he creates a media circus unrivaled by any other player? He might be the most overrated athlete in sports, and he is just a backup QB... so silly! I will telll you what though, if he wins the starting job from Sanchez and leads the Jets to the Super Bowl, I will start going to church the very next Sunday ..

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @biancaalice - thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I appreiate the share.

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      biancaalice 5 years ago from Southern California

      LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!! You rock!

      Definitely sharing!

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @cleaner - Thanks for the little poem.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Timmy can only get better

      I can't wait till next year

      get him more weapons

      and the cheering you will hear.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      Even though the Patriots destroyed the Broncos yesterday, you can't call Tebow a fluke. He has definitely proved himself this season. Unfortunately, this defeat will cause the haters to become more vocal than ever.

      @RWC - Thanks for the compliments on the hub. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and hopefully you continue to enjoy my writing.

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      Robert Casto 5 years ago from Jackson, MI

      Even though he was drubbed today, Tim Tebow is a miracle. This was an excellent Hub. I admire it. It really makes my Tebow Hubs Null and Dull. Youve inspired me to be more in depth. Thank you, and I look forward to reading more from you

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      I don't know if anyone saw or not, but today a group of Massachusettes' witches were planning on casting a spell on Tebow to cause him to lose. Today was the big day because it's Friday the 13th. Ridiculousness.

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      seattleamilehigh1 5 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      -I agree. But hey, haters make the world go round.

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      CJoseph 5 years ago from Oregon

      I so love Tim Tebow and all he stands for. It would be great if we all had the courage he has shown to stand up for what we believe in.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @turness - You make some great points. Americans idolize all the wrong sports athletes. We chose the most immoral ones and follow them while betraying the most genuine ones. It's completely backwards.

      @Gypsy - Glad you enjoyed it! You don't have to be a sports fan to be able to appreciate the good man Tebow is.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Not into sports but I did enjoy reading this hub.

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      turness 5 years ago from North Aurora

      In a world that loves athletes and pays them huge sums to play a game, it is refreshing to find someone so humble, so down to earth, so determined. He has overcome huge odds to get where he is. He believes in God. That's almost as bad as big Ben's sexual attacks, Tom Brady's abandoning his pregnant girlfriend, dog fighting, drugs, guns, cheating, and the rest of the crap the NFL wants us to admire. I will be rooting for Tim Tebow, Win, Lose, or Draw. He has already won. I'm grateful for his ability to verbalize his Christian beliefs in a cynical world.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @cooldad - that's great. You definitely just made me laugh with that.

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      cooldad 5 years ago from Florida

      If Tebow throws for 350 yards this week, that will total 666 yards for two games. What happens then???????

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      athena2011 5 years ago from Beachfront - In My Dreams:)

      I think Tim Tebow is great and deserves respect from everyone for being confident enough to stand up for what he believes in and not waiver or falter when naysayers attack him. I've never net him but would be honored to do so.

      The references or instances in his life of 3:16 are wonderful, even if somewhat bizarre. I like the guy.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      Tebow threw for 316 yards

      Tebow averaged 31.6 yards per completion

      CBS 4th quarter ratings were 31.6 million

      Too Strange

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      He's a baller, He's a gamer

      He can't be stopped

      Unleash him, his doubters,

      the floor with them is mopped

      I hate to brag, but

      I said that Broncos would win

      I,m not saying he did it all

      But they do depend on him

      So now, one more game

      let the haters all start

      Unleash Tim Tebow

      He will pick them apart

      With no mistakes, like in the first game

      the Broncos must play right

      Doyou think that New England

      is experiencing a fright.

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      Hillgrove12 5 years ago from Woodstock,G.A

      Tebow on the rise hope he make it through the playoffs and on to the superbol

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @ Till - Thanks. I don't understand why the media has to judge either. As a society, we have placed far too much importance on sports. We idolize athletes. Like CoolDad said before, sports are not life and death.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Good player/bad player, good person/bad person - why does the media have to judge? Isn't this a country where our religious beliefs are free? I think it's a wonderful thing that this football player isn't afraid to pray in public! It's a good influence on kids who have seen some not so great athlete antics lately.

      Good point, good hub! Voted up.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      Anyone notice Tebow threw for 316 yards? 3:16...and it just keeps getting better.

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      Caleb Roberts 5 years ago

      Yes, yes it is

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      They can't drag his name around after tonight. It's Tebow time for at least one more week!

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      Caleb Roberts 5 years ago

      Yes Joel i did. Its pretty sad when people start saying that kind of stuff about him. He is committing no crime and if he loses a game to a VERY good team that doesn't mean u have to curse God and drag Tebows name in the dirt!

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @cooldad - I agree that people need to realize that sports are not life and death. People get far too worked up over them.

      @caleb - I agree that people want to see him mess up. Did you see the comments made by Bill Maher over twitter after the Broncos lost to the Patriots?

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      Caleb Roberts 5 years ago

      Totally agree cooldad! Maybe the public is just hating on him because hes genuine and they want him to mess up so they can laugh at him. Idk! But just because someone kneels down doesn't mean u have to mock him!

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      cooldad 5 years ago from Florida

      @caleb: i totally agree. From what everyone says, he's about the nicest, most respectful guy on the planet, who cares if he prays? I've seen hundreds of other athletes pray on the field, why does it matter now? I think white America is bored and they want something to cheer about.

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      Caleb Roberts 5 years ago

      Completely agree about how sports are a recreation not a life and death cooldad. Tebow has hes beliefs and u cant hate a person because of his or her beliefs. And the publicity shouldn't even be on his beliefs. I mean sports channels should really find something else interesting than his kneeling down after and game and thanking God for the win. Come on now!!

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      cooldad 5 years ago from Florida

      Even though I don't like Tebow as a football player, I do respect the fact that he appears to be a good person. I am a huge football fan and I could care less who or what any players pray to.

      I think it's amusing how any one athlete can generate so much publicity. That really shows you were our country's mindset is. I was an athlete for many years of my life and I'm still a huge sports fan. But one thing I've come to understand; sports is recreation and not life and death. I wish the rest of our country could put this into perspective.

      Nice hub

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @DC - Thanks

      @Seattle - Thanks. You mention some great points. We should like him because he finds a way to win and because he is a legitamate man and not a fake persona. The media hates on faith out of fear I believe.

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      seattleamilehigh1 5 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      See I think we all forcus the controversy on his faith, and it really shouldn't be. I'm in no way a believer, but for Americans, especially Americans, to hate on a guy for loving god is pretty much absurd. I know you dont personally, I'm just saying from the media in general. I used to like watching Tebow on TV, he was something to see in college. I knew the guy was a winner, I just never wanted to hear about it for the reasons that be, haters doing what haters do, hating. We should just be loving watching the guy win, but since in the 2000's it's crazy to love your god in the NFL. Again I know you don't feel this way, I'm just speculating on the situation as a whole. Country stars can win awards under god, but old Timmy Tebow can't have him help win a football game. Crazy how this country works huh? Great hub, thanks for the read, voted up!

      -J.

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      DC62 5 years ago from Springville, Utah

      Thank you for writing this great hub. It is hard not to admire someone who stands for his beliefs the way No. 15 does.