Timothy Richard "Tim" Tebow (born August 14, 1987) is an American football player who initially gained fame while playing for the University of Florida Gators. He was the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy and led the Gators to two BCS Championships during his four years playing for UF in Gainesville, which is extremely rare. Earlier this year Tebow was voted by players to be one of the top football players, and more recently he was voted by a small fraction of the NFL to be the most overrated in the league, with the starting quarterback for the Jets ranking as the second most overrated. Tebow responded by laughing it off, observing the inconsistency in the polls.
He was selected by the Denver Broncos as the 25th pick of the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In 2011, with the team in last place, the Broncos decided to start Tebow as quarterback. A solidly built quaterback, Tim is 6'3" and weighs about 240 pounds. Tebow had an impressive seven-game winning streak, and took the Broncos to the division championship and a home-game appearance in the playoffs. He led them to a stunning upset victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers (headed by Hollywood-values quarterback Ben Roethlisberger) with 316 passing yards for an average of 31.6 yards per toss, confounding his critics and causing a million searches on the internet for the meaning of John 3:16.
The Broncos, perhaps to appease Colorado liberals, found a way to trade Tebow without infuriating his numerous fans. The Broncos signed a neck-injured, elderly quarterback Peyton Manning to a deal costing nearly $100 million, and then immediately traded Tebow to the New York Jets. As the trade was finalized, on March 22, Tebow arrived in Morristown, New Jersey (near where the Jets train) amid much media publicity and fan support.
Predictably, liberal opposition to Tebow getting any significant playing time has led to his sitting on the bench while the Jets underperform against teams Tebow has proven he is able to beat.
During the 2012 season, Tebow has been kept on the bench while Mark Sanchez has played poorly in game after game. For example, on November 22, Sanchez played the entire game against the Patriots, despite causing the team to lose 49-19. Even after Sanchez repeatedly turned the ball over by throwing interceptions and fumbling the ball by running into his own lineman after a botched handoff, Tebow was not given a chance to play.
Finally the coach benched Sanchez, but he (or the owner) still refused to give Tebow any real playing time. The repeated refusal to play Tebow became a bigger story than which side won or lost the game itself.
Tebow is one of Conservapedia's Greatest Conservative Sports Stars and was a runner-up for Conservative of the Year 2011.
Tebow was homeschooled until college. He is an outspoken pro-lifer, and his mother had been told to have an abortion rather than to give birth to him. Tebow appeared in a pro-life television ad that aired during the 2010 Super Bowl, risking retaliation against his career by pro-aborts and the liberal media.
Tebow has publically confirmed that he is a virgin. He has been mocked by liberals for waiting until marriage to have sex as a result of his faith. Tebow answered a highly personal question at a press conference about his sex life by revealing that he practices abstinence:
|“||I think you're stunned right now. You can't even ask a question. ... I was ready for that question, but I don't think ya'll were.||”|
Tebow volunteers on mission trips, one of which in the summer of 2008 to the Philippines was chronicled in an issue of the ESPN Magazine.
His faith in Christ is a well-known fact inside and outside the sports world.
Tebowing is the act of kneeling on one knee, resting your head on your fist and giving thanks. It is named for Tebow's fashion of public prayer, although critics (among which are fellow Christians) have criticized such open practice as this by citing Matthew 6, verses 5 and 6:
And when you pray, don't be like the hypocrites. They love to pray when standing in the synagogues and in the street corners, so that they may be seen by men. I tell you truly: They will get what's coming to them. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
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- The Broncos were subsequently eliminated by the team favored to win (but ended up losing) the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots.