Tim Tebow doesn’t listen to anybody but God.
That’s why a Kardashian-famous 29-year-old former football player attempting to play professionally a sport he hasn’t played competitively since high school is the real deal. It’s not to grow even more notable ahead of a book set to be released, he told CBS Sports, while acting as a spokesman for the Allstate American Football Coaches Association’s Good Works Team.
“One thing I’m grateful for is I don’t have to listen to what other people say about my life, and I don’t have to be defined by that,” Tebow told CBS Sports. “I’m defined by what God says about me and I get to go pursue what’s in my heart. I’m grateful to live in a country where we don’t have to do what other people want us to do.”
Whether Tebow can develop from a one-tool (power) prospect into anything more than a minor league promotional stunt is still to be determined. Michael Jordan suffered the same fate when he tried to transition from basketball to baseball in the White Sox organization. Jordan played one season for Chicago’s Double-A affiliate and hit just .202 with a .556 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.
But that just makes Tebow respect Jordan more.
“It’s something that he had the heart for and he went after it, so yeah, I admire people who go after something they want,” Tebow said in an interview with CBS Sports. “And I want to be someone that goes after what I’m passionate about and what I want, and not let the fear of failure or anything else get in the way. …
“It’s just getting in there and progressing and obviously doing it at a really fast rate. I know I’m a little older than some people would have liked. I’m excited about this challenge.”