Tebow inspires local church

Ex-NFL quarterback shares life experiences in Opelousas Sunday

Apr. 21, 2014   |  
Tim Tebow, a former NFL player and current college football analyst for ESPN, speaks at Our Savior's Church in Opelousas on Sunday.

Tim Tebow, a former NFL player and current college football analyst for ESPN, speaks at Our Savior’s Church in Opelousas on Sunday. / Leslie Westbrook, The Advertiser

Written by
Zane Hill

OPELOUSAS — Our Savior’s Church celebrated Easter and four years of service by bringing in former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow for a little inspiration.

Tebow, or “Tibeaux,” as he was called on a projector screen, spoke in a question-and-answer format with the Rev. Eugene Reiszner twice Sunday morning. Tebow reflected on his childhood, his journey through the NCAA and NFL, and his new job as a college football analyst for ESPN.

All of it boiled down to his fierce competitiveness, Tebow said.

“It started when I was in my mom’s womb,” he explained to the audience. “I had to fight for my life in there.”

Tebow’s mother fell ill with a strain of dysentery in the Philippines, where she and her husband had relocated to build a Baptist mission. Without knowing she was pregnant with Tebow, she accepted a series of medications. When she learned she was pregnant, she also learned that medication caused a placental abruption.

Doctors expected Tebow to be stillborn and recommended his mother have an abortion to prevent further complications. She instead chose to carry to full term and Tebow was born — severely malnourished, but alive.

“You could say I started competing at a real early age,” Tebow reflected. “That’s all I knew how to do at that age.”

That competition followed Tebow all the way from recreational youth ball to the 2009 BCS National Championship as quarterback of the University of Florida Gators. The Denver Broncos made him the 25th player taken overall in the 2010 NFL draft.

Later came an AFC championship, a trade to the New York Jets and a training camp stint with the New England Patriots later.

“Every single day is a new learning opportunity,” he said. “God never puts too much on your plate that you can’t handle. If God is for you, who can be against you?”

Tebow said he falls back on a piece of his father’s advice, taught through a viewing of the movie “Braveheart,” when he ponders on his career and opportunities.

“He asked, ‘Do you love what you’re doing? If you do, are you passionate about it and are you sacrificing anything for it?’” he said

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8 Responses to “Tebow inspires local church”

  1. Sage says:

    Gettin’ pretty quiet here. Understandable, due to the lack of news.

    Well, going to be driving for 2 days, just thought I’d say hello to fellow Tebow fans. Hoping for the best. With Tim Tebow, expect it when you least expect it. 🙂
    Buzzy Says: first post in 3 days come on G&G

  2. andrea says:

    Like Sage, I was away for the Easter weekend with no computer access.

    Just getting back to the swing of things.

  3. andrea says:

    Good to see Tebow doing this kind of thing.

  4. shaztah says:

    Hope everyone had a good easter. I moved my daughter here to Gainesville from Miami. She is 31 weeks pregnant with my first grand baby so been very busy. Her and her fiancé will be moving into their own apartment on May 1st. I am still hopeful that a team will give Tim a shot.

  5. ck says:

    Back from Easter travel too! Hope all had a nice one! Very inspiring and very much like Tebow!
    Congrats on your 1st GC Shaztah!:) They are lots of fun…glad/blessed to have three!

  6. ck says:

    Well…Buzz…hoping and WILL comtinue to BELIEVE!


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