Every time I read an article or see a headline dissing Tim Tebow it makes me angry and somehow triggers in me what is wrong with this world in which day after day the media exposes us to yet another report of child abuse.
I grew up with a dad completely obsessed with sports. He is 80 years young and still obsessed with sports, and to my husband’s despair (and yes I married a man who loves sports too) I like to read my kindle while he watches sports. He has tried in the 14 years we have been together to spark my interest in football. The only time I pay attention is when there is a human interest story about an athlete giving back, visiting sick kids, recovering from an illness…well you get the gist.
With all the headlines about Child Abuse in the sports world: Penn State, Syracuse, and oh so many more, my husband got his wish… I am now completely and utterly interested in sports. Of course this is not how my husband wanted me to be interested. As the cofounder of KidSafe Foundation – a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide prevention education to prevent child abuse he would love for me to have “time off” and “unplug” when I come home. But now with the national headlines of child abuse scrolling on every sports show – what was once my husband’s way to decompress and relax from his own work day is now a constant reminder of the worst in this world – so how does this relate to Tim Tebow?
Now that I am interested in sports, Tim Tebow has caught my eye (not for his looks, though he is adorable) but for his attitude. Although I am Jewish, his sense of himself and his religion is inspiring. His belief in his teammates talents and his desire to lift them up when they are down and to come in during the 4th quarter and play like he has never played before has turned the Tebow haters into now talking about him as a great player.
So now the reason for my blog about Tim Tebow and how it relates to what is wrong with this world. Why do people dislike him? Why do people love to beat him down? Why, only when he is “winning” does he get only some accolades? Now I don’t know Tim Tebow – my husband has talked about his talents for years and really wanted him to get drafted to the NFL. Now I find myself rooting for him too. Not just for his athleticism (which by now even the haters are realizing) but his utter belief in the good in people….for his work to be the best he can be on and OFF the field. Tebow is giving back because he has so much, when he clearly could be a “player” in the limelight, partying with stars, dating models and getting into trouble. He is not! In my eyes as a parent, he is a great sports role model for my son, at a time when role models in the sports world are disappearing.