By David Outten
Tim has thrown four interceptions and lost one fumble, but he has not stumbled once at the microphone. He is humble and gracious when asked about games he’s won or lost. He regularly admits he’s working on getting better. He never criticizes his receivers, linemen or coaches. He takes blame when things go bad, and he shares the credit when things go well.
Football is a form of entertainment. Some players are more entertaining than others. Tim is very entertaining. The Denver Broncos are not expected to go to the Super Bowl. They’re not even expected to win their division, but because of Tim Tebow a lot of people want to watch the Denver Broncos. Even though he’s struggling to improve his pass completion ratio he’s putting fans in the seats and drawing television audiences. He is the most frequently discussed player in the NFL while playing for a last place team.
His style of football is unconventional, but what attracts the most attention is his Christianity. He has legions of Christian fans, across the nation, who want to see him succeed.
He also has legions of football fans, who want to see him fail. They don’t like his up-front stand for Jesus Christ. Not satisfied with prayer being removed from the public schools they’d like to see it left out of pro football as well. If you read comments to Internet articles about Tim you’d be shocked by the vicious hate people spew.
A lot of young men that make it to the NFL don’t come from the best homes. Many, making millions a year, risk their career getting in fights in bars, mistreating women or using drugs and guns. Tim Tebow was home-schooled by strong Christian parents. He’s the kind of player who sponsors 600 orphans in the Philippines where his parents served as missionaries.
Twenty-four years old.
In college football, his feats are legendary. None more so than an apology he gave to the fans after losing a game to Mississippi. In a press conference he said, “I promise you one thing. A lot of good will come out of this. You will never see any player in the entire country play as hard as I will play the rest of the season. You will never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of the season. You will never see a team play harder than we will the rest of the season.”
He then lead his team to a national championship winning every game the rest of the year by healthy margins. He didn’t accomplish that alone. To fulfill his promise he had to inspire others to step up their play. They did.
He was 21. What did you accomplish when you were 21?
When asked later about his speech he replied, “I didn’t think it would become what it became. I wasn’t even thinking about that too much after the game. I just know I was upset, heartbroken. Just felt like I let my teammates down, my coaches, the fans. I wanted to let them know ultimately that something good was going to come out of this, but I didn’t think it would have this much hype, no.”
That’s classic Tim Tebow a mix of humility, confidence and determination. Rather than be depressed by a surprising loss, he made it into something motivational. That’s entertaining. It’s also a very manly example of Christianity. Humble leadership – the ability to take something crushing and turn it into something inspirational.
Because of his Christian attitude you want to see what he can accomplish next, even in the face of sometimes brutal criticism.
What you must realize is he has no harsher critic than himself. He hates to loose. He feels he’s letting down teammates and fans when he doesn’t win. He really cares. That’s entertaining. That’s inspirational.
You’d have trouble writing a movie script with more tension and conflict than what Tim Tebow generates, but Tim seems to just keep walking in faith, pursuing a championship. He may not be surrounded with the talent he was a Florida, and he may not be playing up to the standards he aspires to, but you can rest assured he will be trying diligently to get there.
Imagine what your life would be like if you pursued whatever God’s called you to with the humility and determination Tim shows. Do you have a burning desire to get better, accomplish more and treat others right as you strive to improve?
There’s a lot all of us can learn from this twenty-four-year-old. I’d love to see what ministries could accomplish if they had a Tim Tebow on staff.
I love to see Christian filmmakers take Tim’s approach when making movies. If your attitude is you don’t want to let down your audience by making a movie they don’t think is worth $10, you’ll care about your work. If you care enough you’ll inspire those who work with you to care more. If you put together a team of people who care you can accomplish amazing things.