Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow headlines Christian conference in Birmingham

By Greg Garrison

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, known for his outspoken Christian faith, will headline a Birmingham men’s retreat on Father’s Day weekend at the BJCC.

Tebow will speak at the Gridiron Men’s Conference set for June 14-15 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.

The two-day event will also feature other speakers including best-selling author Josh McDowell, Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy and author and speaker Phil Waldrep, with worship led by Charles Billingsley. Organized by Phil Waldrep Ministries, the Gridiron Men’s Conference is committed to spiritual growth through discipleship, accountability and worship.

“Gridiron is more than a gathering or a concert,” said Phil Waldrep, founder of the ministry behind the conference. “Gridiron is a worship experience created by men, for men. This will be a truly remarkable Father’s Day weekend event for men of all ages.”

Tebow, 25, has always been outspoken about his evangelical faith. He rose to stardom as a quarterback with the University of Florida, where he won the Heisman in 2007 and guided the Gators to a national championship.

He often wore eye black with references to biblical verses, such as “John 3:16” during the 2009 BCS Championship game. In 2010, the NCAA banned messages on eye paint.

The Denver Broncos drafted Tebow in the first round of the NFL draft in 2010, the 25th overall pick. In 2011, the Broncos started the season a dismal 1-4, but then Tebow took over as starter and led them to the playoffs with a series of dramatic wins. The Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the playoffs, Denver’s first playoff victory since 2005.

After the season, the Broncos traded Tebow to the New York Jets, where he seldom played. The Jets released Tebow this year and he’s currently an unrestricted free agent.

Even with limited playing time, Tebow was often a focus of attention, with his on-field praying style mimicked and dubbed “Tebowing.”

Waldrep said that the Gridiron Men’s Conference, now in its third year, will focus on what it means for men to “stand for the cause of Christ.” Speakers’ messages will focus on how to take a stand in different areas of life: in the face of adversity, in the church, in the workplace and in the home.

For more information about the conference or to purchase tickets, visit GridironMen.org.



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