The world needs Tim Tebow


Love him or hate him, Tim Tebow is one of the most notorious figures in sports. Tebow perhaps gained most of his notoriety during his time at the University of Florida under then Head Coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer praised his quarterback's attitude and character throughout his college career and even into the pros when Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos.

Tim Tebow is still a polarizing figure but not for reasons you might expect. He never acted out, or was front-and-center amidst some sort of scandal like his teammates Aaron Hernandez of Riley Cooper, but he often spoke of religion.

Tebow was the first athlete to bring religion front-and-center into the public domain of collegiate and professional sports. Oddly enough prayer is nothing new in sports but when Tebow began to pray the world took notice.

It would grab headlines on SportsCenter or when Tebow would defy expectations on the field journalists would try to move newspapers and get clicks by making a lame attempt at tying it to divine intervention.

People seemed to become very uncomfortable that faith and sports were being combined. Similarly to when people begin to get uncomfortable when actors begin talking about politics.

They have a right to speak out just like anyone else, it just makes some people uncomfortable.

Others loved what Tebow stood for and embraced the breath of fresh air that he provided. People like Margaret McClung supported an athlete like Tim Tebow throughout all of his endeavors.

McClung has followed Tebow since his days as a Gator at the University of Florida. She cites Tebow's compassion and caring for others as her main reason for being a fan.

McClung's grandson Danny Terp recently saw Tim Tebow play in Florida for a minor league affiliate of the New York Mets. What happened next was very special and an absolute surprise to Margaret.

Regardless of how you feel about Tim Tebow, realize this. He doesn't need the money, fame, or additional attention.

Frankly, he could make considerably more money being a public speaker or ambassador for several brands. He left ESPN to chase a dream of being a professional baseball player.

Would you have the courage to leave a steady job and take a chance on something that wasn't a guarantee? I know I'd think about it heavily before acting.

Tebow goes above and beyond to get the most out of his life and to enhance the lives of those around him. In the wake of the tragic events of Charlottesville, don't we need more people like Tim Tebow in the world?


    ©2020 by Ralph Schudel

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