In Tebow We Trust

December 16, 2011
by Justin

Timothy was a protégé of the Holy Bible’s greatest contributor, Paul. Timothy Tebow is an international missionary, who usually isn’t able to catch most churches’ first or second services. That’s because Timothy’s other calling leaves his Sundays pretty booked. Quarterback, Tim Tebow’s surname has become sport’s newest verb. I’ve been Tebowed, my Raiders got Tebowed, and the Oklahoma Sooners got Tebowed in the BCS Championship a few years ago. We’ve all been Tebowed, and whether you associate Tim Tebow in a good or bad connotation, you can’t deny his star power. Tebow is the biggest story in the NFL this year, even in the midst of Mercury Morris and the 1972 Miami Dolphins undefeated season, being challenged by the Packers. The Tebow legend stretches far beyond the swamps of Florida and the mile-high mountains of Denver. Tim Tebow’s foundation is located in Makati City, Philippines.


I never was interested in Tebow’s story before I watched his controversial commercial on Super Bowl Sunday in 2010. It’s not that I thought that he’s fake or that his profession of faith wasn’t genuine; I initially just felt that he should showcase his religious side in a more politically correct setting. Nevertheless, I along with the world found out that Tebow wasn’t just a man of the cloth, but that he was pro-life. Conversations were sparked nationally about this golden-boy quarterback who made pro-choice groups sick to their stomachs. I was intrigued by his stance against abortion; not because I am swayed either way, but because he had the guts to be apart of such a polarizing campaign, on America’s largest stage.


I did my research and found out about Tebow’s family dynamic. His father and mother dedicated their lives to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, internationally. His two brothers and sisters grew up within the ministry, and were home-schooled like he was, and they all went on yearly missions back to the Philippines to serve alongside their parents Pamela and Robert. His parents were shocked to find that their fifth childbirth would be their most difficult trial as a family. While Pamela was pregnant, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness that caused a severe placental abruption. Their doctors expected Tim to be stillborn and suggested an abortion to protect her from any more complications. Despite her life being at risk, she chose to lean on her faith in God and go through with the pregnancy.


I was blown away. My first thought was that she already had four children; why risk dying to have another? I called my mom and asked her about what ran through her head when she dealt with similar complications. My twin brothers Jordan and Sivaan were born so premature, my mom had to leave them in the hospital under nurses’ care. I remember panicking at the time, as I heard details about her blood pressure skyrocketing. I recall looking at my father’s face and seeing him maintain his strength, while my brothers and I began to lose hope. I vividly remember the first time I held Jordan and Sivaan. They each were so small, I could cradle them easily in each in my hands. They had to be fed through their noses and monitored strictly by medical professionals. Tim Tebow’s story really hit home.


No lie, I’ve been on team Tebow ever since. I may a die-hard Raiders fan, but I am a fan of Tim Tebow as a human being. His drawn-out, left handed release may drive the Ron Jaworskis of the sport’s world crazy, but honestly I’m not a fan of his throwing motion. If I was a GM and I had to start an expansion football team, Tim Tebow would not be my first pick; I would consider him in free agency on the gridiron, but I would want my future children so see him as a role model in real life. I don’t see him as a role model because of his Christian walk, I admire Tim Tebow because he is firm in his convictions. He doesn’t need a publicist like Terrell Owens, because his testimony wasn’t designed to be lukewarm. He believes in a man who walked on water and performed miracles; when you think about it from that perspective, a forth quarter comeback doesn’t sound so far-fetched. In my youth, whenever I read about my sport’s heroes, I always found the same recurring theme. From Magic to Jackie Robinson, they were all high-character leaders of men. They held their teammates more accountable that any coach or owner could, and they backed up everything they preached in practice and on game day. Tebow is one of these types of leaders.


Tebow is polarizing, but so was Jesus Christ. Like Christ, Tebow came to change the world’s perceptions (at least about what makes a pro quarterback) and unapologetically professes his Biblical doctrine to all who will listen. The fact is, Tim Tebow has won on every level. He won a state championship in high school and a national championship for the Gators. The same analysts that projected him to be anything but a successful quarterback are eating Denver Omelets with a side of crow. I’ve watched all of Tebow’s documentaries and I’m going to buy his book the next time I’m on Amazon. However, you will not catch me in a Tebow jersey or any football jersey not silver and black. Ultimately, I do hope that Tebow has plenty of success in the NFL. The NFL is the perfect medium for this type of positive platform. In the polluted sports world that we live in today, Timothy Richard Tebow is an athlete that runs with no negative emissions. He is a hybrid quarterback with a “Little Engine That Could” complex. If we take anything from Tim, let’s grab onto to his emphasis of loving our family’s and unifying a group of people for a positive cause. Let’s be inspired by the content of his character; let’s be a light that illuminates the world.


Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for ScoutMe. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.

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