As a Heisman Trophy winner and former National Football League quarterback, Tim Tebow, says that his career in the NCAA and NFL pales in comparison to the legacy he would like to leave as a servant of God and others.
Currently serving as an SEC analyst, Tebow has always been eager to display and share his faith throughout his football career. He recently expressed that when his name is mentioned, he wants to be remembered for his Christian faith and service — above and beyond his accomplishments in professional and collegiate sports.
For many years — both individually and through his nonprofit Christian humanitarian organization, the Tim Tebow Foundation — the football star has generously given his time and money to help afflicted children and those in need.
While hosting the Sixth Annual Celebrity Golf Classic — his latest charity event held in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida — the 28-year old Christian athlete was able to raise more than $5.5 million to pay for the medical expenses of special needs children and youth suffering from physical conditions. He made it clear that helping others far exceeds his desire to make a name for himself as a sports legend.
"Tonight is about these kids," Tebow expressed at the charitable event, according to Christian Today. "It's not about football. It's about what we're doing, through faith, hope and love and the people we serve all over the world. That's going to be bigger than football every single day of my life."
Tebow, who most recently played in the NFL as quarterback during the preseason last summer for the Philadelphia Eagles, made it clear that serving others in the name of God is a reward in and of itself, showing that the best and most memorable times in his life came while helping and loving others — not from scoring touchdowns or setting passing records on the gridiron.
"I look forward to this every year," the faithful athlete continued. "This is a special time. It's loving people with special needs, caring for people with special needs, about who is being loved and who is being served."
A different kind of sports legend
Even though a number of high-profile stars were featured at this year’s Celebrity Golf Classic, Tebow put the focus on who the event was really about —the children.
Participating at the event, fellow Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, who also played as a quarterback for the University of Florida Gators and made it to the NFL, shared about his former teammate’s faithful service and dedication to meet the needs of God’s children.
“Football is obviously the most known and recognized thing to a lot of people, but when you look at the platform he has, his greatest years are yet to come — whether he plays in a Super Bowl or never plays again,” Weurffel expressed about Tebow.
Funds collected at the event will go to a number of charities that Tebow has spearheaded over the years, which primarily focus on helping children overcome challenges and hardships in their lives
One of the charities helped by the golf event is the Cure Hospital that he opened over a year ago in the Philippines, which specializes in orthopedic treatment for children in the island nation where he was born while his parents served as missionaries. Another program benefitting from the event is W15H, which grants the wishes of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. It also helps fund Tebow’s annual Valentine’s Day celebration for special needs teenagers called the Night to Shine Prom. Among other charities the money will go toward are Timmy’s Playrooms for Children’s Hospitals, which serve young children.
After having played public high school football as a homeschooler, Tebow also set up the Tim Tebow Bill, which opens the door for other homeschoolers to play sports in public schools.
After being drafted by the Denver Broncos to begin his NFL career several years ago as their starting quarterback, Tebow went on to play for the New York Jets. After leaving the Jets, he was picked up by the New England Patriots, and most recently, the Philadelphia Eagles — playing for both these teams as quarterback during preseason play. Tebow continues to train and aspires to have successful years in the NFL ahead of him, but regardless of the outcome, he looks forward to many more years of service to help and reach youth around the world with God’s love.