Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tim Tebow Forever

You have probably heard of Tim Tebow. Tebow, 22, is the quarterback for the Florida Gators, the University of Florida's football team, and he is the greatest college athlete ever.

As a freshman, Tebow was a reserve quarterback. Nevertheless, he helped the team win a national championship. He almost single-handedly made the Gators a factor in college ball again. He won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore--the only underclassman ever to do so. He surprised many by returning to college for his senior year when many athletes with skills like Tebow's would have jumped into the pro arena.
There are a few more things you should know about Tim Tebow.
He's a Christian.
His parents are missionaries in the Philippines.
He was homeschooled.
The doctors told his mother that he should be aborted to save her life.
She refused.
He is a virgin.
He is appearing in a pro-life Super Bowl ad on Sunday.

So, now you know a little something more about the enigma that is Tim Tebow. At 6'3", 240 lbs., Tebow is no half-weight, stringy home-schooled kid who would spell "denouement" for you but can do no more than one push-up without getting distracting sweat under his preppie collar. He is not, in other words, someone like me.

A minor uproar arose last week, when it was revealed that Tim Tebow would appear in a Focus on the Family Super Bowl ad advocating the pro-life cause. This, in the 21st century, is apparently controversial. However, pro-choice sports writer Sally Jenkins makes the case for him.
Here's what we do need a lot more of: Tebows. Collegians who are selfless enough to choose not to spend summers poolside, but travel to impoverished countries to dispense medical care to children, as Tebow has every summer of his career. Athletes who believe in something other than themselves, and are willing to put their backbone where their mouth is. Celebrities who are self-possessed and self-controlled enough to use their wattage to advertise commitment over decadence.

You know what we really need more of? Famous guys who aren't embarrassed to practice sexual restraint, and to say it out loud. If we had more of those, women might have fewer abortions. See, the best way to deal with unwanted pregnancy is to not get the sperm in the egg and the egg implanted to begin with, and that is an issue for men, too -- and they should step up to that.

"Are you saving yourself for marriage?" Tebow was asked last summer during an SEC media day.

"Yes, I am," he replied.

The room fell into a hush, followed by tittering: The best college football player in the country had just announced he was a virgin. As Tebow gauged the reaction from the reporters in the room, he burst out laughing. They were a lot more embarrassed than he was.

"I think y'all are stunned right now!" he said. "You can't even ask a question!"

That's how far we've come from any kind of sane viewpoint about star athletes and sex. Promiscuity is so the norm that if a stud isn't shagging everything in sight, we feel faintly ashamed for him.

Keep on keepin' on, Tim! Good luck with the NFL draft! If Aaron Rodgers weren't so good, I would covet you...just please don't go to the Vikings.


Your Conscience said...

I agree. He had better not go to the vikings :P Although those poor purple guys will need all the help they can get once Favre leaves :P

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