If you know me, you know my obsession with the Florida Gators and my love for Tim Tebow. I've been razzed on that so many times. But in all honesty, what's not to love about this guy? Nothing bothers me more than when people can't just be honest. This kid is awesome. Let's break it down...
First, he was raised by a loving, Christian family. The Tebow family does so much good for so many people. Tim's father Bob has a foundation called the "Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association." Their mission is to spread the love of Jesus Christ to orphans through the Philippines. This, in fact, is where Tim himself was born. Both his mother and his father are missionaries. Anyone who does that sort of work should be praised. They obviously raised their son (and the rest of their children) right.
Let's face it...it's not COOL to be Christian. When you're a professional athlete the cool thing to do is be spotted in LA with a playmate, ride off in your Maserati, and hit up all the popular clubs in Vegas. If Tim wanted to do this, he could at any moment. Instead, because of the fantastic way his family has taught him, he chooses the high road. What other college football player do you know who has sported the words of Jesus on game day? None. Did you know each time Tim would take the field, that particular days verse would be a trending search on Google? The nay sayers can say what they will, but Tim's ability to reach others is epic. It's refreshing to see a professional athlete who is positive and encouraging. Tim is a FANTASTIC leader.
Is Tim free from sin? Certainly not. Nobody is. Nobody is trying to say this kid is a savior or Jesus reincarnate, but he's an outstanding role model and seems to be a genuine person. This is why I like him so much. I obviously wouldn't love him as much if I weren't a Gator fan, but I'm so glad he chose University of Florida to be his team. I'm sad I never got to see him play for them.
The haters drive me insane. Most of the hate comes from men (go figure!) and people who just can't be real. Regardless of your team, you should be able to say he's an outstanding individual.
I absolutely LOVE that he's starting for the Denver Broncos now. I even didn't think that was going to happen this year. People said he wouldn't get drafted first round and he did. People said he wouldn't play this year and he has. People said he wouldn't start and he has. Amazing. I truly believe all of this is a gift that's been given to Tim through God and I'm thankful he uses his platform to encourage others.
Although it sounds crazy, Tim possesses the qualities I admire in a man and hope to find in someone eventually. I'm NOT SAYING I want to marry him! That would be going a little bit too far on the fan spectrum. But, being a solid leader is something many men wish they had but few possess. It's something that is crucial to me. The ability to spiritually lead your wife and your children is the key to marital success in my book. I can't wait to see what Tim's future holds!