Good Guy Tebow

Many of you have been following the saga of Tim Tebow, one of the most compelling storylines of this NFL season. No doubt many of you are sick of hearing about him…I’m sorry to keep piling it on. But here’s a great piece about Tebow written by Rick Reilly of ESPN.

Choice quote:

“Here you are, about to play a game that the world says is the most important thing in the world. Win and they praise you. Lose and they crush you. And here I have a chance to talk to the coolest, most courageous people. It puts it all into perspective. The game doesn’t really matter. I mean, I’ll give 100 percent of my heart to win it, but in the end, the thing I most want to do is not win championships or make a lot of money, it’s to invest in people’s lives, to make a difference.”

To be able to be put under such a microscope, face the numerous temptations of being a wealthy professional athlete, and to continue to “walk the walk”, so to speak, is an absolute breath of fresh air. It takes a tremendous amount of courage and discipline.

To be honest, I can’t think of a single public figure in recent years who is similarly so absolutely devoid of hypocrisy. One only needs to remember the sordid details of John Edwards’ or Larry Craig’s respective affairs to realize just how special it is to have a public figure behave so, for a lack of a better term, morally.

Tebow’s right. The game, at the end of the day, doesn’t really matter. But that attitude, and what the man has done (or not done), compels me to cross my fingers and pull for the Broncos tonight. What are your thoughts? Let’s hear it in the comments.   


–Ke Ding