Determination, Social Media, and Tim Tebow

Wow. What an amazing finish Sunday as the heroics of Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to an upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. By now, you must have at least heard of Tim Tebow, even if you weren’t fortunate enough view the thriller two days ago. I asked a handful in my network recently from India and Malaysia, and 4 out of 5 were familiar with Mr. Tebow. He’s worldwide now.

Tebow Biography – Tebow was born in Makati City in the Philippines. His American parents, Robert and Pamela, were serving as Christian Baptist missionaries at the time. Tim and his four siblings were all homeschooled. This is all starting to make sense now. The Tebow’s found their way to Florida, where Tim became a Football Prep Star. He led Nease HS to a State Championship, and was named to the Parade All-American team. Tim was highly recruited, but decided to stay home to attend football powerhouse University of Florida. The success continued, and when Tebow was through, he had led the Gators to 2 National Championships. He was also named the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner. Tim’s NFL potential as an NFL QB was highly questioned, and he dropped to the 25th overall selection by the Broncos in 2010.

Determination and Positivity – Boy if there is ever a case study for the Power of Positivity and Determination, it’s been exemplified by Tim Tebow this year. Tebow started the year on the bench as the Broncos started 1-4. Tebow was inserted in the fifth game of the season at halftime and came up just short of erasing a 16 point deficit against SD. The next week against Miami he started. Down 15-0 in the 4th, the Broncos stormed back and won in overtime. After a thrashing at home against the Lions, the Broncos went on to win their next 6, and a star was born. His QB style isn’t pretty. Tim is not often mentioned in the same conversation with the NFL elite QB’s Brady, Brees, and Rodgers. What Tim does share with these elite 3 is heart, and arguably more heart. He doesn’t quit. His will and determination are contagious. Everyone on that Bronco team believes in him, and their play has risen as a result. His talent is below the average NFL QB, but it should serve as example to all of us. What we lack in talent, can be overcome, and good things result.

The Religious Side – Tebow has gained as much prominence from his strong religious beliefs as with his play on the field. His first words after the Steeler victory Sunday, “First and foremost I want to thank my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. He’s done so much in my life.” His Christianity is stamped on his forehead. Some are fine with it, some aren’t, but it is definitely a big part of his persona. It adds to the intrigue, and is part of the reason that Sunday’s Wildcard playoff game was the highest rated in 24 years with 25.9 overnight rating.

Some interesting numbers from Sunday:

1) Tebow – 316 Yards Passing – Averaged 31.6 per pass (10 Completions) (Fox Sports)
2) 31.6 TV Rating between 8:00 and 8:15 Eastern (Fox Sports)
3) John 3:16 – Most searched Google term on Sunday

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. – John 3:16

Social Media Tim – Some astonishing Twitter numbers from Sunday. At 8:00PM Eastern the term “Tebow” was found in 6.46% of all tweets according to Trendistic, which tracks Twitter stats. Let that sink in for a moment. Twitter reported that “Tebow” exploded at a rate of 9,420 Tweets per second after the game winning pass. This was a new tweet/second record for a sporting event. Just out of this world.

Tebow Twitter Account @TimTebow shows over 916K Followers and an impressive 84 Klout
Tim Tebow Foundation @tebowfoundation 32K Followers
Tim’s Facebook Page has over 1.4 Million subscribers
and finally Tim’s Website

Tebow has had an incredible year, and has captured the attention of many nontraditional viewers. Expect the ratings to be sky high this Saturday night. Unfortunately , I think the party comes to an end in Foxboro as New England wins easily 31-6.

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