Friday, January 22, 2010

Where in the World is Tim Tebow?

Ben Volin has the breakdown:

Current: Tebow is training for next week’s Senior Bowl at Athletes’ Performance Florida, a 10,000-square foot “performance center” near Pensacola that boasts of “equipment from all of our top partners; a performance testing lab; a performance cafe with complete nutritional and hydration support from our partners EAS and Gatorade; pro style locker rooms complete with saunas; Hydroworx Performance Pools; an Athletes’ lounge and recovery area; classroom education space; an internet and video game lounge; and a full set of outdoor facilities including a 70 meter sprint track, turf field, outdoor covered agility and court area, pitching mounds and a batting cage.”

Athletes Performance Florida is affiliated with world-renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, and hosts world-class athletes across the spectrum of sports. Among those training with Tebow have been Riley Cooper, Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford, the latter two of which are also rehabbing their injuries with Dr. Andrews’ staff.

Its location, on the Florida panhandle in the town of Gulf Breeze, is also optimal for Tebow, since it is just a stone’s throw away from his next destination…..

Jan. 24-30: Tebow will be one of three quarterbacks on the “South” team in the Senior Bowl, an all-star game for college seniors held in Mobile, Ala. All 32 NFL teams will have coaches, GMs and scouts on site, scrutinizing the players during practices and the game. Tebow and the South will be coached by Tony Sparano and the Dolphins’ staff. The game is 4 p.m. on Jan. 30.

Feb. 7: Tebow and his mother, Pam, will likely appear in a Super Bowl ad for Focus on the Family. The advertisement will likely focus on Pam’s troubled pregnancy with Tim 22 years ago and her decision not to have an abortion.

Feb. 27-March 2: Tebow and dozens of draft-eligible players will head to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine — four days of football drills, agility drills, 40-yard-dash times, weight lifting and interviews with all 32 NFL teams. Tebow said he plans on throwing at the Combine, but likely won’t lift weights because it could negatively affect his throwing performance.

April 17: Public speaking is nothing new for Tebow — he famously has done it for years in prisons, Christian events and so on — but for the first time in his life, his speaking engagement can be publicized.

And according to this advertisement, Tebow will be the featured speaker at the Don Meyer Evening of Excellence at Lipscomb University, a private school in Nashville that aims “to integrate Christian faith and practice with academic excellence.”

“Tim Tebow is an outstanding athlete who has boldly lived out his faith both on and off the playing field. He is passionate about expressing his faith, and is the model of the type of student-athlete that we would hope all of our athletes would aspire to be. We are thrilled he is coming to Lipscomb and are certain his message is something that we can all learn from,” Lipscomb athletic director Philip Hutcheson said.

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