"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence" said Vince Lombardi (quotationcollection.com). Tim Tebow has been chasing perfection in his career on and off the football field. He has accomplished a lot so far in his football career. He seems to be someone that always makes the right decisions. If his life was a movie the title would be "Did the Right Thing". It's good to have an athlete with good character especially since sports today have so many bad boy athletes that are involved in scandals such as Michael Vick, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez. But, is Tim Tebow really perfect?
Tim Tebow is a great college football player. But, he is more than just a football player. He is a devout Christian. His deep faith has led him to assist his father's missionary work in the Philippines since his sophomore year in high school. He also is visiting prisons throughout America to preach Christianity. He realizes that because of his fame and status as a great football player he has a chance to reach more people with his message because of the attention he draws. For instance, Tim Tebow said: "because of my name recognition and because of who I am, I've been given an opportunity to go places where most other people can't go. That's a platform the Lord has given me, and I think it's my responsibility to take advantage of it (sports.espn.go.com/ncf/)." He has made it one of his missions to change people lives by introducing them to Christianity especially disadvantaged people so that they can have hope for the future. He realizes his football career will not last forever. Tim Tebow said: "There are only four things that are going to last forever God, his word, people and rewards.(sports.espn.go.com/ncf/)"
The only controversy Tim Tebow has been involved with is the issue of homeschooling. He was homeschooled by his mother as a child. If you are homeschooled you can participate in sports in the school district in which you live. He lived in Jacksonville, FL and the coach at the local high school wanted him to play tight end and not quarterback. But, he wanted to play quarterback. So he moved to St. John's County with his mom to Nease High School because the coach wanted him to be a quarterback there. This led to a controversy because he was a homeschooled student that chooses which school he played for. Homeschooling actually only became legal in all 50 states in 1993. Besides, homeschool students could only participate in athletics as in 1996 because a legislation that was passed in Florida allowing homeschooled students to play high school sports. His popularity brought the controversial homeschool issue to the limelight. Now other states such as Alabama is trying to pass a bill in Alabama legislature called "Tim Tebow bill" which would allow home school kids to play sports for their local high school team (timtebowbill.com).
Tim Tebow uses his good character on the football field too. He never complained about being Chris Leak's backup his freshmen year even though he is a more talented quarterback than Chris Leak. He waited for his opportunity to start at quarterback. He maximized the opportunities that he did get to play his freshmen year. He doesn't quit or whine when he has injuries either. He quietly plays through the pain. For instance, he fractures his right hand during the third quarter against Florida State University on November 24th, 2007 (winknews.com/news). But, he still played the rest of the game and had an three touchdowns in a 45-12 win over Florida State (winknews.com/news). He is once again deciding to do the right thing by honoring his commitment with Florida Gators football. He is deciding to stay for his senior year and not declare for the NFL draft. He thinks that this is the right thing to do instead of leaving early for the NFL.
Tim Tebow is human like the rest of us. But, by making the right decisions on and off the field he is proving a good example for youth that looks up to him. Charles Barkley may have said that he is not a role model during his days as a professional athlete. But, we all know with all the adulation and fame athletes get that they are role models whether they want to be or not. So far, Tim Tebow has shown to be an exemplary role model and human being. If kids decide to follow his lead they will be influenced to do the right thing.
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