Being an NFL quarterback has helped get even more publicity for Tim Tebow, who became the darling of the anti-abortion movement via a Super Bowl ad with his mother in 2009. Now Tebow is using that platform to push his new book “Through My Eyes,” his “inspirational story of faith and family values,” that will benefit the Tim Tebow Foundation.
The memoir, and the ad, allegedly aren’t getting the quarterback into too much hot water with his teammates, whom he claims not to preach at in this No Spin Zone Interview:
BILL O’REILLY, FOX NEWS HOST: So here’s what I want to know. I played football at a much lower level than you. In pro football, they have Christian athletes like you, all right? But it’s a secular society. There’s a lot of crazy guys doing a lot of, you know, strip clubs every night, drinking and all this kind of business. Does that impact on the locker room at all, your lifestyle as opposed to theirs?
TIM TEBOW, DENVER BRONCOS QUARTERBACK: To be able to influence someone or to be able to have a group of guys come together to have a successful team and to be together all the time every day for, you know, a year and longer together, you have to have a — find a common ground. And that common ground for us is football.
And when they realize that I go out there and I work as hard as I can every day, they have a respect for me for how I play. And then that respect grows to like. And that like grows to love. And then they’ll play for you. If you walk the walk, then when you say something that’s going to mean so much more. And I think that’s how I try to approach it on the field every day.
O’REILLY: Do you ever get offended by their behavior? I mean, the ones who do not believe the way you believe?
TEBOW: Very rarely, because we all, you know, have things that we’re trying to work on.
O’REILLY: So you don’t judge?
TEBOW: Absolutely not. Because I’m not perfect. I’m never going to be. And that’s the great thing about living the Christian life and trying to live by faith, is you’re trying to get better every day. You’re trying to improve.
Then, when asked if he gets heckled, he answers, “absolutely.”
The real question is: is the heckling going to increase after his underwear modeling gig, and, how does this jibe with his squeaky clean, wholesome, God-fearing image?
I smell a sequel to his memoir on the horizon.