In August of 1987, deep in the Philippines, Bob and Pam Tebow (who were serving as Christian missionaries at the time) were expecting the birth of a baby boy. During her pregnancy, Pam had been diagnosed with a life-threatening infection. Drugs were used to rouse her from the coma she had fallen victim to, and, to treat her dysentery. Those drugs caused the baby inside of her to experience a severe placental abruption. Doctors warned that a stillbirth would be likely and abortion was suggested in order to save her life. She said “No,” however, and carried Timothy to term. Both mother and baby survived.
In time, the Tebows returned to the states and moved to Jacksonville, Florida. Timothy began to show an amazing talent for football, but as a homeshooled child, it appeared his options might be limited. To their surprise, Florida passed a law in the late 90’s allowing students of homeschooling to participate on the team of the local school in the school district in which they live. While the rest of his family continued living on a farm, Tim and his mother moved to town and took up residence that would make him eligible to play for the football team at Nease. His abilities were soon being noticed.
In both his junior and senior years, he was named the state of Florida’s Player of the Year with an amazing memory being that of his finishing of a game on a broken leg. During his senior season he led the Nease Panthers to a state title, earned All-State honors, was named Florida’s Mr. Football and a Parade All-American. Tebow finished his high school career with 9,810 passing yards, 3,186 rushing yards, 95 passing touchdowns and 62 rushing touchdowns.
But there’s more. Not only is he known for painting those now famous Scripture references on his cheekbones for games, he’s been known to turn some heads off the field as well.
He attended the ESPNU College Football Awards recently and had the privilege of walking the red carpet. Take a look at who he invited to take that walk with him. He is definitely a man who not only beats the odds, but goes against the flow and — in style.
Thank you, Tim. For being such a class act in the midst of great talent. May you inspire others to do likewise.
Just my thoughts.