Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tebow's Bracelets

One of the most common emails we get is "what do all of Tebow's bracelets mean?" Here’s a look at Tebow’s bracelets:

A black bracelet reads Miracles ICDP, which is a tribute to former UF football player Darryl Perry. Perry suffered cardiac arrest and was on life support, because doctors thought he had brain damage. He spent three weeks in a coma but awoke and has almost fully recovered.

A white bracelet reads Pray Strong on one side and Romans 12:12 on the other. The Bible verse reads, “Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.”

An orange bracelet reads TPS, which stands for Time, Place, Substance. It was given to all the players by Mickey Marotti, UF’s director of strength and conditioning. It’s meant to remind the players that they need to make sure they don’t put themselves in bad situations and that everything they do reflects on themselves and the program.

An orange bracelet reads Semper Fi, which is short for the Latin term semper fidelis (always faithful). Those words are the motto for the U.S. Marine Corps, but the bracelet was given to Tebow by a good friend who is not a Marine.

A white bracelet reads Gracie, for a little girl suffering from leukemia. The youngster is often a guest at the football team’s family meals.

A yellow bracelet reads Sunshine on one side and Never Let your Teammate Down on the other. It’s in memory of former walk-on Michael Guilford, who died in a motorcycle accident, along with a female UF student in October 2007.

A blue bracelet reads Quiet Strength on one side and Hope for Kalen on the other. Kalen is another young girl suffering from cancer. Tebow met Kalen and her mother after practice, and they asked him to wear the bracelet. “I told them I was honored to,” Tebow said.

The crimson red bracelet is in honor of Taylor Haugen, a football player from Niceville, Florida who passed away after a football injury.

As for a favorite bracelet, Tebow said: “Sunshine, probably, because he passed away, but all of them mean something to me, especially Gracie and Kalen.”

Photo: Gainesville Sun

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