NEW YORK (WFAN) — Tim Tebow scored a road win Sunday to the believers on hand at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, some of whom arrived hours early to hear the quarterback’s Father’s Day message of sacrifice, prayer and the importance of athletes as role models.
The Jets star, alongside Shadow Mountain Community Church Pastor David Jeremiah, said “it would be amazing to see how the next generation turns out,” if only famous athletes across the board could understand the force of leading by example.
“One of the most frustrating things — and last time I said it I got a lot of flack for it, but it doesn’t really bother me too much — is there are a lot of role models,” said Tebow. “There just aren’t a lot of good ones.”
According to the San Diego Union Tribune, organizers said around 26,000 people were on hand to witness the chat with Tebow, who urged men everywhere to “get in the game” of Christianity.
“You say, ‘I don’t know. You know, I have a long time. I’ll finish strong, but that’s years down the road.’ How do you know? How do you know?” said Tebow. “You never know when you’re in the fourth quarter, you never know when you’re in your two-minute drill. So why not start to finish strong now? But first you got to get in the game. And by getting in the game you have to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
“And that’s where it starts. And I encourage you, you men, get in the game and finish strong. Finish strong for your family, finish strong for your wives, finish strong for your sons and daughters.”
The 24-year-old also touched on his well-known prayer position, which he said he’s been doing since his senior year in high school as a way to humble himself before and after games. The Tebowing phenomenon took off last season, but the quarterback said there’s a positive in it — even when opposing players do it to mock him.
“Most of the people that do it aren’t really praying,” said Tebow. “But at least it’s being talked about. At least prayer is being talked about, at least getting on a knee is being talked about. And I think that’s a good thing.”
The controversial Florida alum drew a crowd of about 15,000 to an outdoor Easter church service in Georgetown, Texas on April 8. On that day, he told the gathering that it’s important to be outspoken about faith while admonishing athletes about not being better role models.
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