Tim Tebow scores with God and football in new memoir, but where are all the ladies?
Shanahan was fired, McDaniels was forgotten, and now it's up to new head coach John Fox to bring home a Super Bowl title... or is it? With so many changing faces in the Denver franchise as of late, there's only one that fans seem to be rallying behind: Tim Tebow. The Tebester may come from a Florida Gators background, but now he loves the Broncos -- and a certain Heavenly Creator, as he repeatedly makes clear in his new memoir, Through My Eyes.
Released yesterday, the book finds the Mile-High Messiah, as ESPN has branded him, chronicling details about the majority of his life. Yep, everything from Tebow getting bit by the football bug to his experience with homeschooling to his family history of dyslexia (he has it) is contained in 260 pages. However, so are numerous -- and "numerous" is a huge understatement -- references to what this messiah values most: his parents and siblings, his friends and, above all else, God.
The Big G is definitely one of the book's stars. In a majority of the early chapters, he mentions his Christian beliefs at least once per paragraph. He even starts each chapter with a Bible verse -- and in chapter three, he uses the word "God," "Lord," "Him" or "Christ" 24 times, as well as "blessed" and "miracle" (or derivations of) five times more. Counting the number of times these terms pop up throughout the entire book would be possible but tedious -- unless you have God's help, we bet the Tebester would proclaim.
Granted, there is quite a bit of juicy information in Tebow's memoir, but only if you're a Broncos fan (who isn't?!), a die-hard follower of the Mile-High Messiah's legacy or someone looking to make connections between the role one's faith plays in sports, if any.
We get little teasers about other aspects of Tebow's life at the University of Florida : "This one girl, in addition to being really attractive, was talented and bright. Everything she did was awesome, and she had a hysterical sense of humor" and "Butchie Rowley, a good friend and fellow teammate, invited me to go to a movie with him and a girl he knew from high school... Butchie is a guy who shares my principles of how I think Christ wants us to relate to women -- with respect, first and foremost." There are also details about Tebow's first NFL start: "I wanted to write a scripture verse somewhere for that game, but couldn't use my eye black because it was against NFL rules. Instead I wrote it on my wristband, under my plays, and tweeted it that morning to my Twitter followers."
Okay, but where is all of the juicy stuff, Tim Tebow? Why not tell us what we all want to know, like: Are you really saving sex for marriage? (Most likely.) Are you truly as overwhelmingly inspiring as you come across? (Watch out, Oprah: He has his own charity, the Tim Tebow Foundation.) And, as you touch upon in the afterword, are you actually excited about working with Coach Fox, or are you just being a good sport?
If the NFL lockout continues to drag on without resolution, the Tebester may have time to write another book. Next time around, we can only hope he substitutes co-writer Nathan Whitaker for someone like Perez Hilton. Only then might we get answers to the questions so many of us have been Googling since Tebow was first drafted for the Broncos.
Tebow will be signing copies of Through My Eyes this Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Tattered Cover in LoDo, at 1628 16th Street.
More from our Sports archive: "Tim Tebow draft pick good for Broncos and America, says Focus on the Family."
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Westword's biggest stories.