Tim Tebow: I Want to Build a Legacy Greater than Football

Tim Tebow:  I Want to Build a Legacy Greater than Football
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By Steve Helling

@stevehelling03/20/2015 AT 08:05 AM EDT

It was the news that Tim Tebow fans have been waiting for.

On Monday, the former NFL quarterback was invited to try out for the Philadelphia Eagles, a development that could signal his long-awaited return to the NFL.

For the past two years, Tebow has worked tirelessly on his throwing accuracy. Recently, he has trained extensively with Tom House, an elite throwing coach who has also worked with Tom Brady.

It seems to be working: House told Bleacher Report that Tebow’s accuracy has improved significantly.

‘A Legacy Greater Than Football’

Spend any time with Tebow, and he’ll talk about his life’s passions: his faith, football, and his charity work. Just two days before reporting to practice, Tebow was on a golf course in Florida, headlining the Tim Tebow Foundation’s 5th annual Celebrity Gala & Golf Classic.

He was joined by two dozen celebrities, including Jake Owen and Evander Holyfield, to raise funds for the children that the Foundation serves around the world. The event was a success: the previous night’s gala had raised a record amount of funds that would be used for the Foundation’s outreach. 

Walking along the golf course with PEOPLE, Tebow was in a fantastic mood – and clearly thinking about things other than football. ”Everyone needs to do something greater than themselves, to do something for other people,” he says. “That’s why we’re here; that’s why we’re always looking for more ways that the Foundation can help others. I want to build a legacy that is greater than football.” 

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Tim Tebow at his Foundation’s golf classic

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And that legacy is getting bigger all the time.

The Foundation has many facets, including “Timmy’s Playrooms” in children’s hospitals, the W15H program that grants wishes to sick teens, and a 5-story hospital in the Philippines. The Foundation also includes Orphan Care, a program that provides support to orphans and grants to families adopting children with special needs.  

Last month, the Foundation introduced Night To Shine, a worldwide prom night for people with special needs. 

The Night to Shine, in particular, had an unintended impact on Tebow. During the event, he visited proms in two different states, and found himself nearly moved to tears by the experience. “I had a mother come up to me and say, ‘my daughter will never get married. She will never have children. But for this one night during the prom, she was a princess.’ That just blew me away. That’s why I do what I do. That’s why this is my passion.”

The NFL and Beyond

Even as the possibility of a renewed NFL career looms on the horizon, Tebow has a lot of other irons in the fire. In addition to his work at the Foundation, he is an on-air SEC Network analyst. ”I love it,” he says. “The people I work with are great, and I really am happy there.”

He also does regular segments on Good Morning America, where he spotlights feel-good human interest stories. (In one memorable segment last December, he surprised holiday shoppers in Orlando by paying off their layaway purchases.) 

And other offers keep emerging – although Tebow has to take a ‘wait and see’ attitude as he determines what will materialize with the NFL. “I have a lot of exciting opportunities coming up,” he says. “I have a lot of plans, other things to do. I’m always open to new things.”

Despite his busy schedule, he has worked his training regimen into his busy schedule. 

“Football really means a lot to me,” he told PEOPLE. I wouldn’t work as hard as I do if I didn’t care so much about it. I train about six days a week. I’m training at the same intensity as I did when I was playing football. I’ve done it for my entire life and I love it. I try to be active and to keep my body in the best shape I can possibly be in.” 

And as for the charity work? “I’ll never stop doing it,” Tebow says. “It’s a big part of who I am.” 

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Tim Tebow and a young fan

Celani: Tim Tebow Has Nobody To Blame But Himself For NFL Exile

By Andrew Celani, CBS Boston March 20, 2015 8:44 AM
 
ESPN analyst Tim Tebow looks on during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

ESPN analyst Tim Tebow looks on during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) -  As a huge supporter of Tim Tebow and everything he represents, it was a welcome sign to see him getting another shot at the NFL earlier this week.

Tebow worked out on Monday for the Philadelphia Eagles — a perfect situation for him, I thought, for a number of reasons:

1. Head coach Chip Kelly is an offensive wizard

2. Sam Bradford is a walking splint

3. Mark Sanchez is Mark Sanchez

For those reasons, I thought Tebow had a legitimate shot to catch on in Philly and possibly be a backup for the 2015 season, and in the event Bradford gets hurt or Sanchez reverts back to his old ways, Tebow would be there to fill in under the tutelage of Kelly.

And as we know now, I was wrong.

Tebow came and went in Philly faster than than it takes to make a cheese steak, and like the previous two years, he is without a full-time job in the NFL.

Why is that?

Roster sizes inflate to 90 players during the offseason and preseason. Simple math would indicate that 32 teams x 90 players = 2,880 players hopeful to make a roster. Two thousand eight hundred and eighty players. That’s a lot of people.

I don’t know about you, but for my money there are not 2,880 football players on planet earth better than Tim Tebow.

Notice I didn’t say “quarterback.” Football players.

Tim Tebow was a high school All-American, a college All-American, a two-time BCS National Champion, a Heisman trophy winner, and was even voted by his peers as one of the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2012.

That type of résumé is largely unmatched, both in present day and throughout league history.

So why the NFL exile? If you think there are 2,880 football players on this planet better than Tim Tebow, then you’re as brainless as a lobotomy.

I used to feel bad for Tim Tebow, with the operative phrase being used to. I felt like he was being treated unfairly by the league and its spineless executives looking to avoid the TebowMania that comes with the player and his stardom.

But those days are gone now. Why?

Because Tim Tebow could be in the NFL if he really wanted to. . . as something other than a quarterback.

Tim, it’s clear no owners, no coaches and no scouts envision you as a professional signal caller — so why not switch positions, like so many others before you have?

Former college quarterbacks Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El, Josh Cribbs, Brad Smith, Denard Robinson, Julian Edelman and countless others — while, admittedly, not nearly as accomplished as you — buried their egos, switched positions and had success in the NFL.

At 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, Tebow certainly has the size to play as a “move” tight end in the NFL, but maybe he doesn’t have the hands. But we’ve all seen his running ability, and with the prevalence of the H-back in today’s game, he would — without question — have a guaranteed roster spot on one of the 32 teams at that position.

Just think of the play calling opportunities and matchup problems your offense would create with a solid passing quarterback and Tim Tebow sharing the same backfield. Again, the main reason I thought Chip Kelly and the Eagles were a match made in heaven.

Tim Tebow is stubborn, like all the great ones are. It’s part of what makes them tick. But his unwillingness, or outright refusal to give another position a try is the sole reason for his NFL unemployment.

Don’t have sympathy for Tim Tebow, because the NFL exile is solely on his shoulders.

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Eagles fans would show Tebow ‘love’

By Tim Cooper

Posted: March 19, 2015 at 2:19 a.m. 

The Philadelphia Eagles gave a workout to Tim Tebow, presumably because Coach Chip Kelly’s testing to make sure we’re all still paying attention, wrote Bloomberg News writer Kavitha Davidson.

“It’s been a wild off-season for the Eagles, who traded away stud running back LeSean McCoy, sent oft-injured quarterback Nick Foles to the St. Louis Rams for perpetually injured quarterback Sam Bradford, and then made a big splash by signing running back DeMarco Murray from the Dallas Cowboys,” wrote Davidson. “ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday on Philadelphia’s interest in Tebow, setting Twitter on fire and leaving the rest of us to ponder just what Kelly’s thinking.

“To be sure, it’s still unlikely you’ll see Tebow in an NFL uniform any time soon, even though he reportedly has learned how to throw a football and apparently his contract with SEC Network ‘doesn’t preclude him from continuing to pursue opportunities’ in the league. (Not like the college football and pro football seasons overlap or anything.)

“The Eagles already have four quarterbacks signed: Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne. Yet despite Kelly’s denials, some coaches think Bradford might be trade bait in an effort to trade up and draft Marcus Mariota, and the prospect of Tebow reuniting with former New York Jets teammate Sanchez is compelling and amusing. It’s kind of fun to wonder if the fan base that famously booed Santa would also boo Jesus.”

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