The Tebow Effect

 

By Pedro Heizer
Boca Raton Campus
Co-Editor/Sports Editor


If you have a television at home then you have heard of Tim Tebow. Tebow is the electrifying, goodwill quarterback of the Denver Broncos. In the beginning of the season he was the fourth string quarterback at the beginning of the season and is now the starter, and one of the most talked about players today.

Tebow is the story Americans love, the underdog coming up from nothing and making a name for himself. So why are so many rooting for him to fail?

Since the beginning of time, people have always needed to have people they look up to, role models that serve as an example of what you should be like. For years, people have looked to athletes as their role models. In the 90’s it was Michael Jordan, everyone wanted to “Be Like Mike.” In the early part of the 2000’s it was Allen Iverson, and later people like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade became what people would look to as role models.

How about a new one? Tim Tebow. No one wants to admit it, but Tebow would wash the floor with any of the other sports role models you have looked up to. Tebow goes above and beyond the call of duty as a pro athlete. Tebow builds orphanages in his home country of the Philippines, he invites fans with serious diseases to come to games, meet him before and after the game, sit with his parents in the stands, and after the game, the child leaves with a signed football and a Bible personalized with their name. Tell me when was the last time your role model did that?

Tim Tebow is the role model Americans need, but not the one we deserve.

Unlike most of the athletes that are role models, Tebow practices what he preaches. After a game, he praises God for his opportunity to play, he kneels down and prays before and after the game, and he’s not afraid to say, “First and foremost I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” before he begins talking to the media. Unlike many, he means it.

Tebow is everything that is right about the world; he’s that shining light in the midst of all the darkness that surrounds pro-athletes.
Tebow lives Matthew 5:16 to the fullest: “You are the light of the world, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
And this is exactly why people want to see him fail.

It’s not that people can’t stand Tim Tebow, it’s because they can’t stand what he believes in. In the Bible, Jesus says in Matthew 10:22: “All nations will hate you because you are my followers.”

People want to see Tebow trip and stumble on himself, they want to see Tebow is full of hot air when it comes to “this Jesus stuff” and that he is just like every other athlete in the game today.

Not only is Tebow hearing it from fans of the sport, but NFL players themselves have been very vocal about Tebow and his faith. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs had this to say about Tebow and his faith, “We don’t need God on our sidelines.”

ESPN has said nothing but negative things about Tebow since his promotion to starting quarterback. “He can’t throw”, “he can’t play the pro-style offense” just to name a few of the things the so-called analysts are saying. But if all this is true, and Tebow truly can’t throw the football, or play in a pro-style offense then there’s something bigger at work. This is too great to simply be called a Cinderella run by a team that started 1-4 and won eight of its last 12 games.

In the back of everyone’s mind, people are wondering “Is God’s hand at work at a football game?” who knows? What I know is this, I believe God is using Tebow to witness to people; He’s using Tebow to spread the gospel in a way that I’ve personally never seen before but is effective nonetheless.

Like I said before, Tebow is everything that is right about the world; he’s that shining light in the midst of all the darkness that surrounds pro-athletes so if you are cheering against Tim Tebow, then you are cheering against the little good we have left in this world.