Skip to comments.Homeschooler Snaps Up Heisman Nomination
Posted on 12/06/2007 9:31:40 AM PST by cinives
The December 3rd 2007 issue of Sports Illustrated will be of special interest to education reformers.
Next to the cover photo of Chase Daniel, the University of Missouris plucky quarterback, is a smaller photo of Tim Tebow.
Tebow is also a QB, but he conducts his business, not on the plains but in the Swamp, the football stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville. All of 20 years old, he is a serious contender for this years coveted Heisman Trophy, the annual award given to the most outstanding collegiate football player in the nation.
If the strapping 63 235 lb. lad wins the Heisman, hell be making history on several counts. First, hes only a sophomore. Second, he is the only player in NCAA history to run and pass for at least twenty touchdowns each in one season. Third, this son of missionaries to the Philippines was homeschooled in grades K through12. The last fact, no doubt, prompted Sports Illustrated to opine that Tebow is hardly the typical college athlete.
Delightfully, so. Of his unique educational background, Tebow states, "I come from a large family (last of 5 children), and all my brothers and sisters were home schooled. My parents were tremendous role models throughout the process, and there were never discipline issues for us. By the time I came to the University of Florida, I felt I had great study habits and felt comfortable making the transition to classes. I think that being home schooled offered me an opportunity to also learn some life lessons, and those experiences help me while I'm on the field."
Those role models - Pam and Bob Tebow - encouraged athletics and combined farm chores with Scripture memory in their household. Mom and Dad are former University of Florida students, yet one wonders what they make of the monikers that the baby of the family (who was recruited by 80 schools) has been saddled with - chosen one, the great white hope, Tom Cruise, a walking freight truck, and Superman. There is even a Tim Tebow Bill in the Alabama legislature which would afford home scholars equal access to public school sports programs and extracurricular activities.
Admittedly, the 1950s television series Adventures of Superman does seem to capture the spirit of Tebow Nation. Off the field, hes the mild-mannered Clark Kent who says Yes, Sir to reporters, smilingly poses with orphans, talks to prison inmates, wears jorts (jean shorts), and maintains a high GPA.
But put him in a Gator uniform, sans cape, and watch out Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Florida State. During a memorable gridiron confrontation with the Seminoles, Floridas archrival, the left-handed Tebow even played with a broken right hand. A broken hand! Superman indeed.
Whenever he appears on television, sophisticated commentators gush like groupies when the camera zooms in on the T-Man, and his legion of fans are fast becoming famous for their creativity. One fella painted himself gold, sporting a #15 on his chest (Tebows jersey number), and struck a Heisman-like pose at a game, and the Miami Herald couldnt help but notice the Tim Tebow Can Stop Global Warming sign.
Which goes to show and without downplaying the physical stamina, commitment, and world-class talent needed to compete in Division I sports its all thoroughly ridiculous. Hype in high def. But Americans have always been rather ridiculous about their football heroes, crowning those who can throw and run and catch with god-like status, and just as casually marginalizing, to the sidelines, the stars who end up in rehab or who run a dog fighting ring in their spare time.
For Tebow and his ilk, the kryptonite is hubris. From all reports, the accolades which also include a Manning Award finalist, Davey OBrien finalist, Academic All-American, SEC offensive player of the week havent gone to Tebows head. But this young man, like others before him and others after him, will have to guard against the temptations that Fame dispenses like tic-tac mints. Fortunately, his parents remain involved in his life, as do his siblings, including a sister who ministers in Bangladesh. As the Rattler Gator blogger J.B. White sagely observed last year, Luckily, he's (Tebow) the product of some fantastic home training, because his premature celebrity could have been a disastrous distraction ...
Since hes a professing Christian, Tebow may have to frequently turn to another missionary - the Apostle Paul for a pep talk. Paul, writing to another Timothy, his disciple, advised: Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. Try fitting that on a placard.
Meanwhile, Tebows Bunyanesque accomplishments are just another feather in the cap of the modern home education movement which, by now, has a headdress of phenomenally accomplished graduates. But if there was one canard about homeschoolers left standing, despite the plethora of evidence to the contrary, its the one about them being non-athletic nerds.
Tim Tebow has sacked that stereotype with Samson-like gusto.
Come to think of it, hes also given that collegiate athlete party animal thing a rest, too.
no offense to Tebow, he’s a fine player, a freak of nature even. But it will be a shame if McFadden doesn’t win the Heisman. I’ve never seen anyone like him. He will dominate at the next level... OTOH, Tebow will have to develop a new style of play if he wants to survive the NFL. He won’t be able to take off and run over people like he does now.
Also, how is he doing academically at Florida?
I agree with everything you have said. McFadden deserves it, although I do think Tebow is a Freak, and at the college level anyways, is simply amazing. Having said that, if the Oregon QB doesn’t get hurt, I’d have to consider him over Tebow as well.
She looks very uncomfortable.
He's an Academic All-American.
How could he possibly be well-adjusted without getting beat up at school? Having his lunch money stolen? Learning how to put a condom on a cucumber? Interacting with drug dealers?
you forgot learning “new math” and “gender-neutral” phys ed. and...
I agree. She could definitely use some comforting.
They make quite a pair.
Probably a sore back from being....uhhhh.....front heavy.
I’d still consider him. With Dixon, Oregon is possibly the top team in the country, and should be playing in the National Championship game. Without him, they aren’t even in the top 50.
The devil knows how to tempt young men.
Yuck. He should be able to do better than her. Classy she is not.
oh boy ... now you’ve gone and hijacked my fine upstanding thread :)
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