Tim Tebow Biography

Athlete, Football Player (1987–)
NFL quarterback Tim Tebow won both the Heisman Trophy and the BCS National Championship while playing for the Florida Gators in college. He was drafted by the NFL’s Denver Broncos in 2010 and joined the New York Jets in 2012.
Tim Tebow helped the Florida Gators win two BCS Championships and was named the Heisman Trophy winner in 2007. Despite leading the NFL’s Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2011, the popular quarterback was traded to the New York Jets after the season. He has also signed with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, and worked as a television analyst between NFL gigs.

Early Years

Tim Tebow, the youngest of five children, was born on August 14, 1987, in Makati City in the Philippines, to American parents who were there as Baptist missionaries. Tebow was later homeschooled by his mother, who instilled in him the family’s Christian beliefs throughout his early years. Those beliefs became a large part of Tebow’s life and have often colored the media’s coverage of him.

College Football Career

In 2006, Tebow received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida to play for its famed football team, the Gators. He spent his freshman year as a backup, but became a key contributor for a team that went on to win the BCS Championship. The following year he became the starting quarterback and won, among other honors, the Heisman Trophy (for outstanding all-around player) and the Davey O’Brien Award (for outstanding quarterback).

Running the “wildcat offense,” an unpredictable formation in which the quarterback can be an active rushing threat, Tebow set numerous records in the 2007 season, including the Gators’ single-game QB rushing yards (166) and records for SEC season rushing touchdowns (20), career high single-game rushing touchdowns (5) and SEC season total touchdowns (passing and rushing; 55).

At the close of the 2008 season, Tebow led his team to victory in the BCS National Championship game, and was named the winner of a slew of athletic awards.

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Move to the NFL

Standing 6’3″ tall and weighing around 240 pounds, Tebow was referred to by one NFL coach as “the strongest human being that’s ever played the position [of quarterback].” He was chosen by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 draft and signed a five-year contract to play second string behind Broncos QB Kyle Orton.

After a 1–4 start to the 2011 season, Tebow replaced Orton as the Broncos’ starting quarterback. In his first start, he led the Broncos to a come-from-behind 18–15 overtime victory against the Miami Dolphins, after being down 15–0 with less than three minutes left in the game. Tebow led the team to six wins in their next eight games and into the playoffs. The Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild-card game of the playoffs before losing to the New England Patriots in the division championship game, ending Tebow’s first season as the Broncos starting quarterback.

A few months after the season came to an end, in March 2012, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets in a firestorm of media attention and scrutiny. There was much debate as to whether he would replace Mark Sanchez as the team’s starting quarterback. However, as the football season began, Sanchez remained in the leading position. Tebow only played briefly during the Jets’ first game against the Buffalo Bills in September 2012—a pattern that would prove to be consistent throughout the rest of the season. By the end of the 2012-13 season, he had participated in only 72 offensive snaps with the New York team.

In late April 2013, it was announced that the New York Jets had released Tebow. The team had reportedly not been able to find a trade partner for Tebow from the time the season ended until he was released in the early spring.

In early June 2013, it was announced that the New England Patriots had signed Tebow, reportedly to a two-year contract. “Tim is a talented player, is smart and works hard. We’ll see how it goes,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick stated in an interview with ESPN. However, after spending 12 weeks as the quarterback for the Patriots, Tebow was released from his contract. The decision to release Tebow occurred when all NFL teams had to cut their rosters to 53 players. In response, Tebow said “I’m blessed, because of my faith, that I don’t have to worry about the future because I know who holds my future.”

After becoming a college football analyst for ESPN in late 2013, Tebow in September 2014 announced he was joining the Good Morning America team as a contributor to a new series called “Motivate Me Monday.” ABC said the series was set to highlight “individuals and their amazing stories of triumph.”

In the meantime, the former collegiate star trained with noted quarterbacks coach Tom House with the goal of returning to the NFL. He got his shot by agreeing to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles in April 2015, though it was unclear if he would get a serious chance to compete for a starting job.

Personal Life

Apart from his skills on the field, Tebow is known for his devotion to his Christian beliefs and his charity work. The former is displayed often on the field with what has become known as “Tebowing”—dropping to one knee in prayer with his head resting on one hand. The move has been both widely imitated by Tebow fans and widely mocked by others. Whatever the intent behind the fad, Tebowing became a cultural phenomenon in the 2011 football season.

While active in charity work even in college, Tebow founded the Tim Tebow Foundation in January 2010. The faith-based outreach group works with children in need in both the United States and the Philippines, building facilities for sick children, granting wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses and building playrooms in hospitals and orphanages, among other far-reaching charitable works.

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14 Responses to “Tim Tebow Biography”

  1. Sage says:

    By all rights, it should be Tebow in his 2d Super Bowl playing Cam in his first.

    The capacity of people to overlook the obvious is surprising.

    • ck says:

      Agree w/u too, Sage, but they promote the “LESS THANS” instead? It shows the NFL is wrong on all counts when it comes to doing what they have done to Tebow by trying to diminish all his accomplishments through unfavorable statements that are, of course, falsehoods!!! Believe as u do that the majority of the fans see right through the deceitful lies and view the NFL as definitely having “NO EXPERTS” ON ANYTHING CONCERNING TEBOW IN ANY MATTER!!!:(

    • David says:

      Excellent point. There has been a dual threat QB in the superbowl in every year since 2012, Kaep, Wilson, Wilson, and Cam. Their teams wouldn’t have made it with just a pocket passer.

  2. Shaztah says:

    Ok, I am sorry I have not been posting lately. Between the holidays, the new grandson and everything else I have been busy. I stop by everyday and read but ususally don’t post. Today I just have a few things to say. I hate the NFL! Old man manning doesn’t deserve to be the starting QB in the SB and neither does Scam Newton. Yes Buzzy he lost the competition for starter at Florida to Tim. He was kicked off the team for stealing a laptop then throwing it out of his window so he wouldn’t get caught. The NO ONE wanted him so he went to a junior college to play football. Then he went to Auburn for 1 YEAR and all of a sudden he is great, even though his dad took the blame for HIS transgressions like getting money for autographs and asking for money for endorsements when he was still in college. It only took him 5 years to learn the game and how to throw but Tim only got 1 year and no support or consistency. The NFL is a stupid joke and I am angry especially when another player gets to go to the pro bowl when he is crap! Jamies Winston gets to go because Tom Brady didn’t want to go. Just a couple days ago it was announced that Florida State paid Winston’s rape accuser almost a million dollars because the school covered it up. He should be in jail not in Hawaii. I am sorry but I am just frustrated. These guys are supposed to be role models I sure don’t want my 2 grandsons looking up to them. I am going to Tims golf tournament again this year and I am taking my oldest grandson so he can meet a TRUE role model.

    • ck says:

      Glad to read your post and it is very WELL SAID! The NFL certainly stinks for what they are doing to Tebow and,yes, he deserves better…a WHOLE LOT BETTER TOO! Agreed, Shaztah.:)

  3. David says:

    Tim Tebow News: Wannabe NFL QB Says Idolization Of Pro Sports Is ‘Messed Up’
    From the article:
    “While the backward NFL continues to deserve ridicule for the unofficial banning of some football players, one of those players fired back by warning others not to hold the NFL — or other professional sport — in such high esteem.”

    The article mentions that Mike Kafka was hired by Tenn while Tebow sat out. Kafka has a career QBR of 45. Jimmy Clausen started for 2 different teams this year and played badly.
    He’s right, the NFL is backwards.

  4. Larry says:

    Tim’s going to be on Ellen DeGeneres’ show next Wednesday to talk about the Night to Shine event:


  5. Danny says:

    Thanks for the updates Larry, good to know what Tim us up to these days.

  6. Andrea says:

    For some strange reason I’m not looking forward to Tebow’s Lip Sync Battle. I think I will skip that one. I also plan not to watch Ellen – kinda wish Tebow would practice what he preaches – idolization of the scumbags in Hollywood is “messed up”.

  7. Andrea says:

    Heard Cam Newton is playing the race card.

    Sorry to hear from Shaztah that Florida State paid a million dollars of our tax dollars to settle with the girl when Florida State was responsible for the cover – up.

    I for the life of me do not understand why Mr. Winston’s NFL paychecks cannot be garnished to pay for this.

    In fact , I think that every college football player that gets drafted by the NFL should have their paychecks garnished to pay for the cost of their so called free scholarship at the colleges they attend the taxpayers have to pay for.

    Just wondering – did the President or the clown who was in charge of Florida State get fired? If he or she didn’t – another waste of taxpayers dollars.

    • ck says:

      Andrea: They don’t call them “criminoles” for nothing! Remember the “Dillard’s Bag” incident?! Obviously, not a fan of “Free Shoes University” as stated by Coach Spurrier.

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