You don’t have to be a football fan to know the name Tim Tebow. Tebow, best known for inventing “Tebowing,” down on one knee in a praying position, has been very outspoken in his faith in Christ. Raised by missionary parents, he has used his celebrity in a positive way for Jesus! Professionally, he has two college national championships with the Florida Gators to his name and a Heisman Trophy. After his college career he was drafted by the Denver Broncos, where he took the team to the playoffs. The NFL critics never cared for him, but his teammates loved him. After his time in the NFL he gave Major League Baseball a try. The Mets picked him up for their AAA league where he hit a homerun on his first at bat. He was an average baseball player, but again, his teammates loved him. He retired from baseball in February.
What will Tim do next? Hockey, maybe? Nope, his former college coach, Urban Meyer, is now the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and he’s given ole Timbo another shot at the pros. Jacksonville announced that they will be bringing Tim in, not as a quarterback, but as a tight end. At the beginning of his NFL career several teams wanted him switch to the TE position but he stayed with his plan of being a QB. Either way Tebow is back in the NFL and like all things Tebow, everyone has something to say about it.
My favorite comment comes from Panthers defensive tackle DaQuan Jones. Jones has been in the league a few years with 99 games under his belt. Jones has 9 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, 26 QB hits and 2 forced fumbles. Not very impressive for his time in the game but he felt like he needed to make a statement about Tebow’s return. On Monday he posted this on Twitter: “This Tebow deal just shows that personal relationships go further at this level then actual ability”
I guess that Jones is upset that other players that want back in the league have not received a phone call. Are they better athletes than Tebow, maybe, but most of them left the NFL due to controversy caused by their personal actions. Those actions cause disruptions in the locker room and tend to divide a team. What’s been said about Tebow by every team and every sport he’s played for is that he is a great teammate, hard worker and leader in the locker room! He never burned a bridge when he was let go or traded. He never made a negative public comment about an owner, coach or teammate.
So I guess DaQuan Jones makes a great point, personal relationships do go further than ability. But isn’t that true in all areas of life? Maybe Coach Meyer would rather have a positive influencer with real life experience over a hot shot with a short fuse and chip on his shoulder. In a team sport maybe he prefers someone who thinks about the ramifications of his personal actions on the team over a player who only thinks about himself and his next 10 minutes of fame. Maybe in all of this people will finally realize that, like it or not, we are all in this together. Those who learn to get along with others will find themselves successful in whatever arena of life. No matter age, race, gender, religion or other classification, it does not take much to be kind to someone else. That is what they remember, that’s what will keep the door open for you.
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12
Serving the Savior,
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