Tim Tebow is more than just a former NFL football player, and current minor league baseball player, he's a movie producer. His first movie, "Run the Race," co-produced with his older brother, Robby Tebow, is slated for release on February 22nd. The well-made film delves into themes of brotherhood and the problem of suffering.
"Run the Race" tells the heart-wrenching and inspiring story of Zach (Tanner Stine) and David Truett (Evan Hofer). These brothers can only rely on each other. They lost their mother to cancer, and their father abandoned them, turning to drink instead of his sons in his mourning.
Things seem to be looking up for the high schoolers. Zach, an all-state athlete, is promised a scholarship to play football for the University of Florida. That means the brothers will have a chance to get out of their hometown and earn a better life—something that older brother Zach desperately wants.
God doesn't promise us a life free from suffering
But then everything goes wrong, and an injury ruins their chances. Zach—with the help of his loving brother David—is forced to face his demons and turn toward God.
In an ideal world, everyone would get their happy ending; this movie is more authentic. In real life, even people who serve God don't get everything they hoped for, and things don't always go to plan.
Tebow had experienced his own disappointments
This is something that Tebow has experienced in his own life. After playing as an NFL quarterback from 2010 to 2012, he was dropped as a quarterback from the Eagles without playing in the regular season. In 2016, he made a career change to playing in the minor league with the New York Jets.
"If you'd ask me when I was graduating college, what I thought was going to happen in my life, I'd have said, 'Hopefully, win a couple of super bowls by now.' But you know, it didn't happen, and God had a different plan," Tebow told members of the press as a junket before the premiere of "Run the Race" about his disappointments. "That door closed and other ones open. It's trusting Him in the midst of all of that. Is it the plan I would have drawn out for myself? No, but going through it, there's so much that I've learned and that I've shared."
He added that this failure is what allows him to relate better to other people: "Not many people can relate to winning a Heisman or being a first-round draft pick, but most everyone can relate to when the world says you suck or you're not you're not good enough—you can't do this, and you won't do this."
Tebow decided to produce "Run the Race" because it made him cry
Tebow didn't intend to get into the movie business, but he found the script of "Run the Race," written by Jake McEntire so compelling that he couldn't pass it up. Each time he read it, the story moved him. Tebow shared that he read the script a second time while he was in the Philipines, and he found himself crying in the back of a Jeep.
After that, the athlete decided that any story that could move him so much on a second read deserved to be seen. The story had a message he could relate to, and he thought it would help other young people as well.
"It's not an easy place for a lot of young people, and I have a heart for that. Growing up, there were a lot of faith-based movies that it was like, man, when they prayed, everything was like just perfect, you know? It was like done, and that's just not real life," shared Tebow. "I wanted to show that it was in the midst suffering you can realize you're loved and special even when it's not going good."
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