Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Quote of the Day, 2: I probably started driving... when I was 7 or 8.

Tebow probably gave his most interesting interview to date with ESPN's Kenny Mayne (click here, but you have to be an Insider)

Finally, Tebow's dry wit and sarcasm makes a recognizable appearance in print. So often you read a Tebow quote, and it seems straight forward, and then you see footage of him saying it, and you know what really lies beneath the smiling exterior.

What may be one of Tebow's best skills is getting a comment in without it becoming "bulletin board material." And if you don't believe us, you probably do believe that Timmy T. really listens to "send in the clowns" before National Championship games.

One thing we do believe is that he was driving at 7-8 and he probably does like the Waterboy. (We do, and we always look for James Bates' movie magic.) But a Meth lab in high school? No.

Ben Volin, gives the rest of us a peak:

On the well-endowed female who always shows up when you Google Tebow’s name:
KM: When you Google your name, it brings up a picture of you with a pretty brunette …
TT: Oh, my gosh, I get asked about her all the time. She asked to take a picture with me. And like I do for a lot of people, I obliged. Then it got hyped up. She was just a Florida student.
KM: Do you have a girlfriend? Or is there a chance for this girl?
TT: I don’t even know if she’s still in school. I’ll never say never to anything, but no, I don’t have a girlfriend.
KM: If I’m reading between the lines correctly, it sounds like she’s in the running.
TT: I wouldn’t say that.

On his lack of privacy:

KM: The lack of privacy your generation faces is unbelievable. Does it ever get unbearable?
TT: There are pros and cons. You have a great platform to influence people. But sometimes you’d like to go to dinner or play golf without having people waiting when you get off the course. I just look at it as a pro and realize I have an opportunity and a responsibility to be a good role model for kids and give them someone to look up to. That’s my goal.
KM: So what you’re saying is you can’t run a methamphetamine lab?
TT: That phase was more during my freshman year of high school. I got out of it by junior year.
KM: What’s your opinion on homeschooling, since you went that route?
TT: The methamphetamine route?
KM: Wow. I had no idea you’d be so liberal.

On homeschooling:
KM: Did you consider being homeschooled for the University of Florida as well?
TT: It’s only an hour and 15 minutes away. I did think, You know what? I can make the drive every day. It wouldn’t be too bad.
KM: Is there a fear when you’re homeschooled that you won’t turn out like other kids?
TT: There wasn’t for me. I was blessed with four older brothers and sisters and a great mom and dad. But I also never strove to be like the other kids. Too many kids try to fit in instead of believing in something and standing alone. If you do that, other kids will be drawn to you. Being homeschooled also allowed me to push myself in areas I wanted to excel in and develop time-management skills. That helped when I got to college and had to balance tutoring, studying and football.
KM: I feel like you mocked my question with that answer.
TT: I didn’t really want to answer, so I was kind of running in circles around it.
KM: Are you keeping up your grades?
TT: They’re not getting too bad.
KM: Ever have a time when the professor said something, and you replied, “Well my mother says …”?
TT: Like in The Waterboy? “Medulla oblongata.” No, I never really say that.

On growing up on a farm:
KM: As a kid, it seems like I was doing things far crazier than what I let my daughters do. It’s as if each generation of parents smothers its children a little bit more.
TT: That’s why I loved growing up on a farm. I got to explore, fall out of trees, get hurt.
KM: How early did you drive a car?
TT: Oh, early. We had old beat-up work trucks with holes in the floor and hay in the back. I probably started driving those when I was 7 or 8. As a little kid all you want to do is be with dad and help him work. I was always out in the fields, trying to lend a hand.

Photo: Orlando Sentinel
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