Whether it involves the work he does on the football field or the work and time he spends helping out the community, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has made quite a name for himself since joining the NFL back in 2010. In fact, Tebow’s work has been so influential off the field, he’s received one of the highest honors any individual could ask for–being named to TIME’s list of “100 Most Influential People In The World.”
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, Tebow was honored with six other professional athletes–including New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin–on this year’s list. This is the ninth year Time has released the list and while Tebow may not display the best numbers on the field, it was his work off the field that was the main reason why the quarterback was honored on the list.
From Mehta’s article:
“The TIME 100 list is about the infinite possibilities of influence and the power of influence to change the world,” TIME managing editor Rick Stengel said. “Before microphones and television were invented, a leader had to stand in front of a crowd and bellow. Now [one] can tweet a phrase that reaches millions in a flash. Influence was never easier—or more ephemeral. Which is why we try to choose those people whose influence is both lasting and, with a few notable exceptions, laudable.”
Tebow’s sphere of influence reaches far beyond the football field. The Tim Tebow Foundation has helped the underprivileged for years and is currently building a hospital in the Philippines.
“Watching Tim Tebow play football, you can observe many things about his character,” Lin wrote in the magazine. “You see his fierce competitiveness, his strong work ethic and how he is a leader that his teammates trust and respect. But it is the qualities that Tim, 24, embodies in his life off the field that truly set him apart. He is unashamed of his convictions and faith, and he lives a life that consistently reflects his values, day in and day out. Through his foundation, he constantly reaches out to people and communities in need of hope. He realizes what he has been blessed with and seeks to help those who are worse off. As athletes, we pour our hearts into winning games. Tim is a reminder that life is about much more than that.”
There’s no question Tebow deserves to be honored on such a high list considering all of the voluntarily stuff he does off the football field and he’s the perfect athlete for fans to look up to as a role model. As much of an honor as this is, all eyes will be on whether or not Tebow has what it takes to beat out Mark Sanchez for the starting job over the next few weeks.
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