Has there been a more polarizing figure in professional sports over the past year than Tim Tebow? Whether it was his string of fourth quarter comebacks, thrilling overtime playoff victory over the Steelers or public displays of his faith, the name Tim Tebow generates a wide range of reactions from the general public.
Tim Tebow’s faith is an integral part of Tim Tebow the player, the man and the human being. In this day and age where media outlets are littered with player indiscretions and mistakes, it’s refreshing to see one man who practices what he preaches. Tim Tebow is a man who works hard on and off the field; who utilizes his celebrity to help those less fortunate, including sick children in the Philippines (for whom he helped build a children’s hospital).
In this era where many of our revered sports stars are defined solely by their athletic accomplishments on the field, Tim Tebow is a man who seeks to do more with the athletic talents he has been given – a man who realizes the obligation to use his platform as an NFL player to make a positive impact in people’s lives off the field. As his college coach, Urban Meyer, once said, Tim Tebow lives his life to make the lives of others better.
When talking about religion and faith, many times public opinion is divided. As a man of faith myself, I can totally understand and appreciate Tim Tebow’s authentic displays of thanks and praise. However, regardless of your religious beliefs, Tim Tebow must be respected and admired for having the courage to share his convictions with millions of people all across the world. In this era of me, me, me, it’s inspiring to see one man who humbly leads by example on and off the field. Tim Tebow may never be an All-Pro NFL quarterback, but he has become an All-World human being, and at the end of the day, which do we as a society value more?
Eugene T. Lee is the president and CEO of ETL Associates Inc.