Due to severe complications doctors expected a still birth and strongly suggested an abortion to Tim’s mother in order to save her life. She refused, and in 1987 Tim Tebow was…
Born in the Philippines
His parents were Baptist missionaries to the island nation which led to Tim being born in the sprawling metropolis of Makati City.
Along with all of his siblings, Tim was homeschooled up until the day he left to play at the University of Florida.
Primarily as a result of being a successful homeschooled athlete, he has several pieces of legislation named after him that are intended to provide equal access to high school athletics for homeschooled students.
Played on a Broken Fibula
Originally thought by the high school coaching staff to be a bad cramp, Tim continued to play in games even rushing for a 29 yard touchdown at one point. Eventually, however, the extent of his injury was discovered and he was held out for the rest of his junior season.
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All-American in High School
In spite of the stigma surrounding homeschooled athletes, Tim ended up playing in the high school All-American Bowl which features the top 78 senior high school football players in the nation.
Made Florida’s All-Century Team
In 2007 Tim was named to Florida’s All-Century Team that featured the top 33 players from Florida’s 100 year history of high school football.
Works Out Like A Grizzly
Flipping tires, pushing SUV’s, dragging sleds, it’s almost like he’s a superhero or something…
He’s a Superhero
Marvel artists have actually immortalized him as “Super Tim” who made his debut on Sportscenter recently.
Youngest of 5 Siblings
As if having brothers and sisters isn’t hard enough, being the youngest of 5 is bound to make you…
Tough As Nails
He’s virtually the toughest guy around…literally. On this year’s release of Madden Tim racked up a nearly perfect score of 98 in the “toughness” category.
MacFarlane Toys is releasing not one but three different Tim Tebow action figures.
Wrote a Book
Reaching as high as No. 22 on Amazon’s bestseller list, Tim’s autobiography Through My Eyes details his life in Jacksonville and the Phillipines.
Turned Down Playboy
He is not the first athlete to have his name pulled from consideration for Playboy’s preseason All-American team, but it was certainly not surprising when he did.
Derived from Tim’s propensity to kneel in prayer during football games, the act of mimicking this posture, or tebowing, has become a world wide phenomenon. Moreover, according to the Global Language Monitor, “tebowing” is now officially recognized as a word in the English language.
Hangs Out With Orphans
Although he grew up in Jacksonville, Tim would always be flying back to the Philippines to help his father with his orphanage there.
Won a Heisman
Ok, so someone had to win it right? Sure, but for the first 72 years it was mostly seniors that won the award. Tim broke that streak in 2007…as a sophomore.
Highest SPARQ rating of any QB
Tim scored higher than any other quarterback on Nike’s SPARQ test (Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction, Quickness)
Voted Best Celebrity Neighbor in 2012
11 percent of people said they would like to have Tim Tebow as a neighbor, which even edged out Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at just 10 percent.
He Breaks Records
Ever since he set foot on a football field Tim has been breaking records and in 2007 he became the only player in NCAA history to score 20 touchdowns rushing along with 20 touchdowns passing.
His Jersey Breaks Records
Since joining the Denver Broncos his jersey has been one of the hottest selling NFL items on the market and even set a draft record for jersey sales.
The Tebow Rule
Popular for inscribing bible verses into his eye black while playing at the University of Florida, the NCAA recently banned players from doing so in something that has been popularized as the “Tebow Rule.”
Waiting Until Marriage
When for whatever reason he was asked at a press conference, Tim confirmed that he was saving himself for marriage.
He’s already built 12 of them in places like Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and Haiti. Now, partnering with CURE International, he’s building another one for disadvantaged children in his birth country, the Philippines.
Makes Believers Out of Us
No matter what you think of Tim, you can’t deny that he consistently defies the odds. When the doctors said he shouldn’t be born…he was, when the critics said a homeschooler could never be a great athlete…he won the Heisman, when they told him he couldn’t write John 3:16 on his eyeblack anymore…he wrote it on the field (threw 316 yards, averaged 31.6 yards per completion and TV ratings for the playoff game vs the Steelers peaked at 31.6 million). As Marvel Comic’s Bill Roseman said, ”Like the Marvel heroes who pull off last minute victories, Tim Tebow has fans around the world on the edge of our seats believing that — in our own lives — when time is running out and all looks lost, we can dig deep inside and use our various strengths to triumph over insurmountable odds.”
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