Tebow finds fulfillment off the field
    May 13 2013 by World News Service

    Eleven days after the New York Jets cut him, Christian quarterback Tim Tebow told a crowd of about 3,000 at Lake Michigan College that his main goal is to impact lives, whether on or off the field.
     
    And that shouldn’t be too hard considering a Forbes.com survey released recently named Tebow America’s most influential athlete. Despite the controversy surrounding his public faith, Tebow finished ahead of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who had 25 percent of the vote, Jamaican track star Usain Bolt, who garnered 23 percent of the vote, and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, for whom 22 percent of people voted.
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    Photo by Eric Lars Bakke/Denver Broncos
    Despite criticism of his play, Tim Tebow, seen here when he played for the Denver Broncos, has maintained a positive outlook and says his faith in the Lord has given him strength. 

     
    “That’s a huge honor,” Tebow said in response to the survey. “I see it as a great responsibility to be a role model for future generations. That’s something I care about more than winning football games. If I can take the game of football and can transcend football – go to hospitals and make kids smile – I’ll be doing things that matter."
     
    Although Tebow didn’t mention his dismissal from the Jets during his hour-long speech or offer any insight as to what his next move might be, the 25-year-old did talk about finding a life of fulfillment after the game.
     
    "What I want to do with my life is impact lives,” he said. “When a kid in a hospital is fighting for his life and I’m trying to win a football game, what really matters? This game isn’t as important as a lot of us make it out to be. If I can give him a little bit of hope, I can do something that matters. That’s what I want my legacy to be about. That’s how I want to be remembered."
     
    Tebow took no questions from the press at the event, which was part of the Economic Club of Southwest Michigan’s annual speaker series. During his presentation, he sat on stage and engaged in an easygoing conversation with a moderator, speaking intensely of his competitive nature, his Christian faith, his love of family, and his record-setting high school and college careers. 
     
    The closest Tebow came to shedding light on his future as a quarterback was when he repeated one of his favorite sayings: “I don’t know what the future holds, but at the end of the day I know who holds my future.”
    5/13/2013 4:18:12 PM by World News Service | with 0 comments
    Filed under: football, role model, Tebow




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