Tim Tebow is easily one of the most (unduly) polarizing figures in all of sports. He has cheerfully and graciously served as whipping boy for virulent atheists and anti-Christians from the intolerant left for years – by both the sports and mainstream media hacks, despite never having been involved in any personal scandals or uttering a disparaging word about, well… anyone.
KISS rocker Gene Simmons’ staunch defense of Tebow in an interview with Fox News last year was particularly spectacular in its vigor and veracity –
“All those pundits and the people in the peanut gallery who pick on him because he’s an avowed Christian and proud of it, is the (most) heinous thing of all sports reporting and journalism. Here’s a guy who believes in his God, and people pick on him. If he was a Jew, or a Muslim and you did that — people would never dare. But for some reason if he’s a Christian, you’re allowed to pick on him.” – Gene Simmons
Tebow’s unabashed Christian faith, rock solid moral foundation, and extensive international charitable endeavors through the Tim Tebow Foundation have earned him the undying love and respect of millions of fans. The homeschooled star athlete is a born winner and motivator, and is touted as a true role model in the desert of virtuosity that is professional sports. And for this reason – among myriad others – he has been eyed for a potentially promising career as a difference-maker in politics, even at the tender age of 28. Indeed, he has even expressed interest in the possibilities.
In 2012, U.S. News published a story headlined, “Tim Tebow For President?” –
Football sensation Tim Tebow may not take the field this season, but he could soon enter a different kind of arena: politics.
The New York Jets backup quarterback told ESPN he was considering a career in politics after his gridiron glory fades. When asked about the possibility, Tebow said ‘making a difference’ would be his goal after his playing days were over.
“I haven’t ruled [politics] out,” Tebow said. “It won’t be anytime soon in my future, but it’ll be something I’ll at least look at and consider one day.”
If Tebow were to decide to step into the political arena, he would have an upper hand on most, says Brian Hughes, a GOP strategist and former adviser to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “Many of the political newcomers have to face an uphill battle with name ID, so Tebow would have an advantage with that,” Hughes says. “Beyond his celebrity status I think he emulates the values a lot of conservative voters look for. … He’s made some clear statements about his faith and social convictions.”
A couple of weeks ago, on March 29, Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt covered the annual Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic, and the brief interview that aired set the Internet abuzz.
Earhardt: “What about this election cycle, have you thought about politics? You would be such a good role model for these kids.”Tebow: “Well thank you. It’s been crazy, hasn’t it? It’s been a whirl wind watching everything. Um, you know, I don’t know about this time in my life…”
Earhardt: “You’re saying there’s hope?”
Tebow: “If there’s a chance you can make a difference someday in something, then that would be intriguing.”
Since the Earhardt interview, things have taken a decidedly interesting turn. On April 13, Ander Crenshaw, the congressman that serves Tebow home district near Jacksonville, Florida, announced he would not be running for reelection. The wheels are already turning, as the GOP are salivating over a slam dunk win in a district where Tebow is hailed as a superhero.
Immediately, Red Alert Politics published an editorial calling on Tebow to run –
Talks have circled around a sheriff, a state senator, and a mayor — but politicos have left off the best choice in this district: Tim Tebow.
Yes, that Tim Tebow.
The former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner is a perfect fit for Florida’s heavily Republican fourth district. Not only is this district his home, he is uniquely qualified to be a Florida congressman. If you think we’re joking, we’re not.
In an elected body with 435 members, it’s almost impossible not to get lost in the crowd and have minimal impact. Tebow would never be lost in the crowd, and this would give him an opportunity to lead on issues he is already leading on in his life: fighting poverty, defending homeschoolers, and making traditional values cool again.
He would also bring millennial appeal — and the right kind of millennial appeal. Tebow’s non-political accomplishments allow him to say things politicians couldn’t about culture and character. He would shake up the political establishment and would have no ties to special interests.
Washington Examiner has obtained inside information that adds even more spice to the pot –
Republican sources told the Examiner that they are reaching out to Tebow in hopes he will consider a bid. They are even quietly pulling together a potential campaign team that he could use for the upcoming August 30 primary. “We could hit the ground running, immediately,” said the source.
With Ander Crenshaw retiring, just heard rumor TIM TEBOW considering #FL4 run.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) April 14, 2016
If nearly a decade in the NCAA and NFL spotlights hasn’t spoiled Tim Tebow, then there is a good chance he could survive the D.C. viper pit – and maybe even change a few dark hearts in the process. We will just have to wait and see what God tells him to do.