For those of you unfamiliar with the world of sports and its occasional collision with the world of faith, Tim Tebow is a former Heisman winning quarterback from the University of Florida who now "rides the bench" for the Denver Broncos in the NFL. A devout Christian, Tim is known for having worn eyeblack tape (the dark tape under the eyes that theoretically keeps the glare down when he is out on the field) with references to Bible verses during his college years, as well as performing charity works in the offseason. These good works include helping circumcise infants in the Philippines, as if that really did anybody any particular good.
Unfortunately, in the NFL players are not allowed to wear or display extraneous messages no matter how virtuous. Also, in the NFL, players with Tim's limited abilities are generally not allowed to play. Despite being drafted in the first round and being well-paid for that distinction, Tim is currently the Broncos' #3 quarterback.
In the interests of helping Tim spread his message despite the NFL's ban on such things, here is the former college star bearing what I believe to be a verse from the Bible that is appropriate to his current situation.
“10 So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat upon it, and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua mowed down Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.”
Tim’s intangibles, his leadership abilities and inspirational personality, have always been the main attraction, and the mere fact that he is not playing does not detract from that. He still has an important role to play for his team. If he is not going to be out on the field, he could be trained and developed to be the guy who stands on the sideline holding up his hands like Moses and help his team prevail that way. And if he is not ready to take on that role right away, he could be one of the guys who stands on the sideline holding up the hands of the guy who holds up his hands.
I'm not sure this role really justifies a first-round pick, but it is certainly a way for Tim to contribute.
And, oddly enough, Tim's popularity in Denver is as high as ever; fans have been chanting for him to play despite the presence of a quarterback who's actually pretty good (Kyle Orton) and the presence of another former first-round disappointment (Brady Quinn) ahead of Tim on the depth chart. Obviously the fans love this fine young man, of whom a college football broadcaster once gushed, "if you spend 15 minutes with this kid, your life will be the better for it." Truer words have never been spoken, although the fact that Tim subscribes to a religion that teaches that people like me deserve to burn in hell for all eternity tends to make me want to spend those 15 minutes elsewhere.
Still, Tim Tebow is an amazing story, and I would like to take this opportunity to suggest that now is the time for Tim to tell that story. I believe the time has come for Tim to write his autobiography; surely fans across the nation would love to read all about how Tim got to where he is today, and where he is going from here. I would suggest as a model the autobiography written by the great Gale Sayers back in the 1970's, entitled I Am Third. This title, of course, is a reference to Gale's religious beliefs, in which he himself places third in importance in his own life behind God and Family.
I would also suggest that Tim title his autobiography I Am Third String, reflecting the fact that he is not only behind God and Family in importance, but also Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. This would show the proper Christian perspective on life, the proper attitude, that wonderfully humble belief that one talks directly to the creator of the universe on a daily basis.