Monday, February 1, 2010

More from Tebow's speech in West Virginia

Audio from Tebow's speech in West Virginia here.

Spending an hour in a room with college football star Tim Tebow, you'll learn that his Christian faith plays a big role for him on and off the field. During the keynote speech at the Tip Off Banquet for the Big Atlantic Classic Tournament, basketball players from around the East Coast learned that fact firsthand.

"When people say I can't, with God's help you can," Tebow told the student athletes Sunday afternoon.

The outgoing quarterback for the University of Florida can list a number of accomplishments and accolades including two national championships, a Heisman trophy, and guaranteed ticket into the NFL Draft.

His signature on any given Saturday over the past four years has become bold white letters and numbers painted on the black under his eyes. They're passages from the Bible that Tebow says has special meaning for that week.

"You know how I'm feeling, what's on my heart, what I've been reading," he says.

During this past Saturday's Senior Bowl, he chose James 1:2-4 to represent the scrutiny and criticism from the media he has encountered ahead of the NFL Draft.

"(It) says, 'Consider it all joy my brethren when you encounter various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result that you may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing,'" Tebow quoted the scripture. "For me, that was a great verse for the time. Just dealing with trials and tribulations and adversity. People telling me that you can't."

Off the field, Tebow is deeply involved in collegiate Christian organizations including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He's also made it a habit to travel to the Philippines for missions work.

"When I'm at an orphanage or I'm ministering to kids, it's not me who's giving the ministering. I'm getting it because when I come back, I'm so grateful for what I have," he says.

Full story here.

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