The famous NFL quarterback who then switched to baseball claims that he doesn't care if he is remembered for sports.
People reports that Tebow's game has improved this season, something that is particularly impressive given that he is playing in a higher division than last year. Throughout 45 games, Tebow has batted a .234 with four home runs and 19 runs batted in. Particularly notable is that Tebow's first home run was his first at-bat this season.
“It’s a huge year,” Tebow told reporters after a game. “Especially the second half [of the season], it’s very important. It’s something I’m all-in on, working as hard as I can to make as many improvements as I can.”
Tebow claims that he wants to achieve as much as possible in baseball, in the same way that he did in football. In trying to improve his game — and he does believe that he's improved — he wants to be proud of himself.
But despite desiring to be great at sports, Tebow claims that it isn't his greater purpose. And it isn't what he cares to be remembered for either.
“It’s not sports,” he told PEOPLE. “My main purpose is not about football or baseball, or anything like that. It’s about helping others. It’s about finding the people who need hope. That’s my greater purpose.”
“If I’m not remembered for baseball, that’s okay,” he continued. “If I’m not remembered for football, that’s okay, too. Actually, it’s fine if I’m not remembered at all. What I want is to serve God by helping people who are less fortunate. That’s what’s important, not playing a sport.”
“That’s my calling,” he says. “I believe I’m doing what God wants me to do — to serve those who may not have a lot of people who are serving them.”
According to Tebow, being good at sports means nothing if not ultimately doing it for something greater than himself. He claims that his life should be about bringing faith and love to others rather than seeking wealth or honor.
Tim Tebow was home-schooled by his Christian parents, and he spent several summers in the Philippines helping his father's orphanage and doing missionary work.
During his college career, Tebow was the Heisman Trophy and wore references to Bible verses on his eye black during the 2009 BCS Championship Game.
He has been very outspoken about his faith, his pro-life stance, and his commitment to abstinence from sex before marriage. He has also been a prominent member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
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