Tim Tebow was born in Makati, Philippines. His parents were Christian missionaries from the Baptist denomination and they were serving abroad when he was born. His mother, Pamela Elaine Tebow, while pregnant suffered a life-threatening infection with a pathogenic amoeba. The drugs that were used to help awake her from a coma and to treat Dysentery caused her fetus to experience a severe abruption. Doctors expected a stillbirth and recommended taking the baby to protect her life, but his father said he prayed on a recent radio interview and they remained strong in their desire to have the baby. His birth was a miracle.
This explains why Tim Tebo has worn the scripture John 3:16 on his black eye tape during his college games. His dad spoke of that prayer and told God he would raise a minister if he needed one.
Tebo became one on the best high school quarterback in the nation and went on to play for University of Florida. Florida won two national BCS college football championships and Tebo was the first quarter back to run for 20 TDs and throw for 20 TDs in a single season. In 2007, Tebow became the third Florida player to win the Heisman Trophy, joining Spurrier and Wuerffel.
Many talent scouts said he could not throw well enough to be successful at the NFL level. However, he was drafted by the Denver Broncos as the 25th pick in 2010. Kyle Orton was Denver’s starting QB but after a 1–4 start and poor performances, Orton was replaced by Tebow at halftime during the game against San Diego Chargers. Tebow nearly led the Broncos back from a 16-point deficit, as he passed and ran for touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Chargers still won the game by a close margin. Shortly after that loss, Broncos head coach Fox announced Tebow would start in the next game against the Dolphins.
Now 7-1 as a starter, Tebow has shown great success despite the ongoing remarks of his critics. He has proven them wrong. Leaders don’t listen to their critics. They inspire others around them to become better. His work ethic has also showed extra dedication. Tim has been humble with his recent success and always gives his team the credit for the win. In the world of NFL players – it is refreshing to see a leader who doesn’t approach life from a selfish stand point. Money and fame can destroy the most talented people. It is rare to see someone use that talent, while balancing their faith. The college rules have now banned the wording on the eye shadow tape. Many called it the “Tebow Rule” since he wore a different scripture each game. Many want him to tone down his faith while he is playing. Great leaders always hold on to their values. No matter where they are – those core values become the driving force for all their decisions. This lesson is important to all of us as leaders.
Source for Tebo facts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Tebow
What leadership lessons could we learn from Tim Tebo?
Running to win….GTR