Okay, so this is not a theological post, but it is about a topic near to my heart: college football. As an Ohio State fan, I have come to strongly dislike (i.e. hate) the Florida Gators and all things SEC. However, after reading a recent Sports Illustrated article that describes a part of Tim Tebow’s life away from football, I have a hard time disliking a guy that I want so badly to dislike. It turns out that Tim Tebow spends a great deal of his time away from football in a prison ministry where he travels to different places to speak about his Christian faith. Hey, maybe there is a theological slant to this post after all!
So, after finding out that Tebow was a good guy, I stumbled across an article in the Columbus Dispatch that includes the following concerning Tebow:
The words are engraved on a plaque outside the football stadium, immortalizing Tim Tebow forever.
“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.”
We know what happened next. Tebow made his “promise” speech after a 31-30 loss to Mississippi last Sept. 27. Then the Gators won the rest of their games and their third national championship.
Ahhh! Not only is the guy a great Christian athlete whose team beat up on mine, but he also has a great quote! Why do the winners have all of the great quotes? I hope Terrelle Pryor is paying attention.