Tim Tebow’s Amazing Story – John 3:16
Tim Tebow has been an inspiration for those around him and those of us who have followed his football career. He played for the University Of Florida and would officially become the starting quarterback for the Gators in 2007. That same year he would be the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. It is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. Tim would lead the Gators to a 13-1 season in both 2008 and 2009 sending them to 2 national championships in 3 years. The very next year Tim would be a 1st draft pick in the NFL by the Denver Broncos!
During one of his games against Tennessee, his teammates were putting different blacks under their eyes, some were putting their mom’s names, girlfriends’ names, even area codes. Tim wanted something that would encourage and inspire others. So he decided on Philippians 4:13, “I can be content in any and every situation through the Anointed One who is my power and strength.” After, a few weeks of him wearing it under his eyes, the eventually started selling it at the Gator Shop at the games. Soon everyone was wearing them!
A few games before the National Championships that year, Tim was headed through the tunnel when he felt God telling him to change his verse. over the next few weeks, he would contemplate the verse he wanted. A verse stuck out, John 3:16. “For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life.”
January 8th 2009 the day of the National Championships he changed his verse and they won! Ninety-Four million people Googled John 3:16 that day. Exactly 3 years later on January 8th, 2012 he would play against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in his first playoff game with the Denver Broncos. They would go to win in overtime 30-23, after the win all he wanted to do was get back to his friends and family to celebrate. He was stopped by the team PR who informed him that it was 3 years ago he had won the National Championships wearing John 3:16. That day in the game against the Steelers, Tim would pass for 316 yards, have an average of 31.6 yards per pass, his rating peaked to 31.6 and the time possession of the game would be 31.06.
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