10 Tips for Tim Tebow (When He Arrives in New York)

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A good, God fearing man, born to Christian missionaries, comes to New York to help the team win. How will he handle the Big City, and will the media give him a chance? It sounds like a sappy made-for-TV movie – but it is reality which will be playing out in the biggest media market in the world very soon.

Tim Tebow is already a marketing sensation—highly visible; he is appealing and one of the most popular athlete-celebrities in the world. Tebow claimed his religious beliefs from his parents, and his entrance into this world was nothing short of a miracle. Tebow’s mother was very sick, her fetus appeared injured, and her doctors were preparing for a stillbirth. They recommended an abortion, but the Tebows’ religious beliefs would not allow it, so they prayed – and now we have the phenomenon known as Tebowing. Home-schooled to impart Christianity, and raised in small town America, he was a high school all-star, playing to the Friday night lights and going to Church on Sunday.

Until today, he has been a star – but in markets like Denver and Florida, surrounded by the heart of America with a major Christian presence. Coming to New York City, the stage and opportunity – as well as risk and reward, bring Tebow exposure to a completely different level; a big city, filled with so many distractions. When one thinks of sports and NY, one envisions nightclubs, bars and women filled with alcohol and professional athletes. Stadiums sell beer, not Bibles, and fancy restaurants pour champagne as if it were tap water. New York is a great city, and Tebow will be an asset to the team and its fans, but can he stay true to who he is living in the city that never sleeps?

He will if he is strong enough and disciplined – but it’s a big test for anyone, let alone a 24-year-old multi-millionaire – and rest assured the liberal New York media will relish any slips. If he is seen partying, the paparazzi will snap the photos and spin his joyful moments. If women are around, they’ll position it as if he was enjoying their presence too much. Whatever he does, Tebow will be watched – and he is a target. Whatever the press sees, they may convey it with a twist.

Tim Tebow has prided himself in being humble and private – values even harder to maintain in New York. Mark Twain once wrote: “There is no suffering comparable with that which a private person feels when he is for the first time pilloried in print.” Until now, Tim Tebow’s media exposure has been positive – in New York City, I can assure you it won’t continue to be. How many enterprising liberal, anti-religion reporters will try to cut their teeth in the brutal industry of journalism by “exposing” Tebow? I’d advise Tebow to try and follow the advice Jeremy Lin gave him: “Everyone gave me some advice. They said make sure not to read the papers.”

As the CEO of a top 25 PR Agency, who has represented celebrities and athletes – as well as some of the leading Evangelicals in the country, I know how liberal the press is and how anti-religion so many media members are. Media often report harshly on religious people and  leaders sans objectivity. How many reporters are clamoring to be the first to show Tebow’s flaws? Tebow will be seen around town, he will hang out with his teammates, take pictures with fans, enjoy the nightlife, and media will be close by; waiting to pounce. Just how long of a honeymoon will they allow the quarterback before the prying eyes and conspiratorial comments start hacking away at him, is the question. Tebow is a man of faith, but there is one thing more Tebow can have faith in now that he’s coming to New York City: There are members of the media who will want to hurt him. The question is – how much?

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  • kong.ming

    Personality baggage and media should be the last of his worries.

    Every see anyone run option in the NFL? Remember Rodney Pete vs. Darren Woodson? It's going to be ugly. AFC East is much worse than AFC West.

  • truebearing

    I wish him the best. May the same grace that allowed his birth be with him in Gotham.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Amen. I fear for his spiritual well-being. NYC is Babylon reincarnated. Satan's playground. I pray his angel remains vigilant.

  • H&R_ Barack

    TEBOW TAX TIP #1: ~ Establish a residence in TEXAS, amigo.

  • Schlomotion

    Oh man, here it is again:

    "As the CEO of a top 25 PR Agency, who has represented celebrities and athletes…"

    I think you are glomming onto Tim Tebow for your own self promotion and not vice versa.

    "Tim Tebow is already a marketing sensation—highly visible;"

    Try not to screw it up for him, huh?

    • Looking4Sanity

      Do you ever have anything positive to say about anything, or are you genetically incapable of goodness and decency entirely?

      • Schlomotion

        I do. You know that Nikola Tesla was a swell guy. He sure invented a lot of cool stuff.

        • Looking4Sanity

          We all appreciate your verbal generosity, and you have revealed more of yourself than you know with that statement. But, we all appreciate honesty and kind words…so keep it up. We may rehabilitate you yet.

  • Steve

    I have no trouble with Tim Tebow expressing his "faith" on the playing field; however, I do have a few theological questions for him. Does he think God only responds to his prayers? Are there no Christians on the other team? Does God really give a damn about a football game and the final score? Are there no other problems in the world that God may care about, if he does in the first place?

    • Looking4Sanity

      God answers ALL prayers. Sometimes the answer is "No".

      He knew you before you were conceived in your mother's womb.
      He knows the number of hairs on your head.
      A sparrow does not fall from the sky that escapes His notice.

      Does He care about a football game? Why would He not?

    • Crossbow87

      Well, given God's omnipotence and omniprescence, the world can not have more problems than God can handle. I believe God cares very much about football…just like he cares about every other human activity that involves human beings doing human things. I would like to ask you to consider the questions you are asking before you put finger to key because it sounds like you are projecting your disdain onto God and wanting all of us to believe it is God's.

    • Walt

      Tebow has already responded to those questions (many times) and was consistent in his answers. He doesn't believe that God responds only to his prayers, but to everyone one of faith. You should remember, Tebow isn't praying to win – he is praying to do his best. After a play that has produced a touchdown, for example, he is thanking God for allowing him to perform at the top of his ability. Seems like a pretty decent guy to me and one that would be a great life-long friend, whether you agree with his religious beliefs or not.

  • BS77

    Suggestion #11…..stay far away from idiot New York liberals and their corrosive ways………

  • wctaqiyya

    Tim Tebow is a very young athlete who needs to dramatically improve his quarterbacking skills. He also believes in God. I expect that his throwing will improve over time. As far as Tim being a Christian goes, so what? Doesn't he share that faith with millions of Americans? My concern with Tim and his faith is that many people may expect a lot more from him than he is able to deliver. Tim is no Martin Luther or Billy Graham. He is not the second coming, he will not heal the sick or make the lame to walk. Good for him that he is not afraid to express his faith in public, that is regrettably infrequent nowadays. Most public figures are afraid to express any religious thoughts for fear of offending somebody. But, for any Christians out there looking for miracles on or off the football field or maybe a Christian revival, please get a grip. Tim, bless him, should not be burdened with that kind of expectation. On the other side, the forces of evil are already licking their chops. They will undoubtedly howl every time Tim drops the ball on or off the field. When he loses a game, throws an interception or misspeaks, the scumbags will mock him and say his prayers are not being heard. They will laugh and say Tim's God is hard of hearing. Tim should probably take a page from Mariano Rivera's play-book, keep it simple and keep it humble.

  • dennis x

    You better pray he learns to throw a football or convert to fullback. If not there will be alot of bench time.

  • Msgtusaf

    I don't know Tim Tebow, personally, but I do Know his heart. I know he prays that his appearance in the game will bring honor to God. He prays that all who are on the field will be safe and that whether, win or lose that Gods will be done and that His Grace be sufficient for all. That is the mark of a true Christian.

  • wctaqiyya

    And so it starts. Nothing profound here folks. It's just that Tebow fell into a classic trap yesterday when he said he was going to sue the marketers of a NY Jets themed T-shirt that says 'My Jesus'. It's funny in a way, Timmy is making it look like he owns the rights to Jesus or the theme of Jesus, or something. Peculiar also, Timmy wants the heart of darkness, in the form of lawyers and the Godless court system, to render JUSTICE unto him. Is he seeking justice for himself, for the name of Jesus or for Tim's rights to the royalties Jesus can generate? It don't matter, it stinks any way you slice it. Imagine the hubris of the boy thinking he can deliver justice for Jesus? Imagine his ignorance in asking Caesar for the judgment that belongs exclusively to God? Well, that's what happens when a boy gets the idea he can speak for God. I think Sister Mary Elephant said it best, if it's none of your business, SHUT UP!

  • Tanstaafl

    I can only hope the Almighty is not a Jets fan.

  • Tanstaafl

    Go Pats!

  • lakewoodbob

    Get out of town as often as you can and stay in close touch with your parents which I am sure you will do! God Bless!