Tebowing from the mission field to the Mile High Field
One of the most well-known names in the NFL today is Tim Tebow. The quarterback for the Denver Broncos was brought up by American parents who served as missionaries in the Philippines.
Tebow, along with his siblings were home-schooled by their mother. Legislation was passed that allowed home-schooled students to be able to participate in sports at the school in their district. This let Tebow complete and play the sport that he loves.
Throughout high school, Tebow was a name to watch. He looked at many universities, but ended up deciding on the University of Florida. This was the same college where his parents had met.
Tebow would still return to the Philippines for the three summers before he went to college to volunteer with missionary work and at his father’s orphanage. He was the backup quarterback during his freshman year behind starter Chris Leak. However, he was able to use this year to show his potential and added two touchdowns to help the Gator’s win in the 2007 BCS National Championship game.
For the 2007 season, he was named the starting quarterback and set many school, personal and national records. That year he won the Heisman Trophy, the Davey O’Brien Award and was named as the first-team All-SEC selection and first-team All-American.
Throughout his college career, Tebow set records and won two NCAA National Football Championships.
A new rule for NCAA football was established in 2010. “The Tebow Rule” as called by the media, bans any messages on eye paint. At the 2009 BCS Championship game, Tebow had “John 3:16” on his eye black. For the 24 hours that followed the game, the verse was the highest-ranked Google search with 90 million searches. This was just one way Tebow shared his beliefs with the world.
In response to the high number of searches on Google, Tebow said, “It just goes to show you the influence and the platform that you have as a student-athlete and as a quarterback at Florida.”
NCAA said that this rule was not aimed at any one person since other notable athletes also wrote messages on their eye black.
In 2010, Tebow entered the NFL draft with the Broncos selecting him in the first round as the 25th pick overall.
With Tebow’s name becoming more famous as his career started taking off, some people raised questions with his statements about his faith.
In Nov. 2011, former Broncos Quarterback Jake Plummer said he wished Tebow would stop referring so much to Jesus Christ and his faith.
In response to this, in a radio interview with ESPN’s First Take, Tebow said, “So any time I get an opportunity to tell Him (God) that I love Him or given an opportunity to shout Him out on national TV, I’m gonna take that opportunity .… But I feel like anytime I get the opportunity to give the Lord some praise, He is due for it.”