Determination, Social Media, and Tim Tebow

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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.

(Photo courtesy of behindthesteelcurtain.com)

32 comments
devinelines
devinelines

I'm not a football fan, but I first started paying attention to Tebow after reading about him in the Wall St Journal of all places! Gotta admire his heart and perseverance.

24x7Media
24x7Media

Very interesting to see the stats regarding Social Media,thanks

EpicSkin
EpicSkin

I don't watch football but I have heard of Tim Tebow. Popular guy!

DniseSonnenberg
DniseSonnenberg

Just think with his name recognition he'll be a shoe-in for Pres. when he quits football. Truthfully: tired of hearing about him.

Social Media Sass
Social Media Sass

I have been hearing and seeing his name all week, he is extremely inspiring. Interesting number analysis : )

RossQuintana
RossQuintana

Great post Steve @sbhsbh , This is the first post of yours I have read and aside from the story, I really appreciate your format and the way your post flowed, really nice. I will be following your blog. I love the TIm and social media angle. Great job.

DrDeadline
DrDeadline

I think you're going out on a (broken) limb with that 31-6 prediction... never underestimate the power of divine intervention. Tying in Tebow's social media side is interesting. I wonder who the top ten sports figures might be.

osakasaul
osakasaul

See what home-schooling'll get you? (Hey, I went to public school, um'kay?) Great comparisons, TD @GeeklessTech Steve, I believe you are one of my top discoveries of 2011.

im_nits
im_nits

very nice article about Sports and how success in sports is a result of very hard work and resolve. thank you

TonyBennett
TonyBennett

3 takes

1) way to tie Tebow's strongest traits to social media - solid!

2) Tebow should have a higher Klout score, he's freakin Tim Tebow

3) Tebow is going to throw for 4 TD's and rush for 2 TD's in a 45-38 upset

fsusma
fsusma

Nice article. I am going with the underdog Saturday afternoon!!

ellenjharris
ellenjharris

Just an exceptionally inspiring story. Sincerity, humility. Certainly two core competences to emulate and develop.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@devinelines Really, the Wall Street Journal? Did now about him in college? Yes, he certainly gets the most out of his abilities.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

Hey Ross @RossQuintana thanks for taking the time to read the post and comment. I truly appreciate your kind words. You made my day.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@DrDeadline Broken limb is funny. The game Sunday was so emotional, I fear they don't have much in the tank. Tim has definitely put himself out there on the Social Media front. The man is doing a lot of good things. Top 10 sports figures sounds like a good theme 10 or so posts from now. Thanks Rick.

RossQuintana
RossQuintana

@osakasaul@GeeklessTech I also went to public shools, but my 6 kids are home schooled. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Bottom line you gotta put time into the kid and they have to be engaged to be successful anywhere.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@osakasaul I'm starting to become a believer in that home-schooling. Thank you very much Saul.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@TonyBennett 1) Thanks Tony, much appreciated 2) One tweet every few days probably keeps him in the 80's, although I just checked and he jumped to 86 from this morning...If he linked his FB page with 1.4 Million subscribers he would be rockin' the 90's 3) I'll stop short of saying no way, but Sunday was so emotional for them...They are on a short week, and on paper New England is just better...We shall see :)

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@fsusma You like the 49er's? I think they have a great chance to win, New Orleans a different team playing on grass. The Broncos are going to need a miracle. Well just maybe :)

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@ellenjharris Thanks for stopping by Ellen. He is the real deal, and you don't often see genuine in the world of sports/entertainment. Seems like he's had this mindset since birth.

DrDeadline
DrDeadline

@GeeklessTech Remember there is a distinct difference between a profession and a calling. Do not be surprised if Tebow & Company rise to the occasion. I'll keep my eye out for the top ten theme... and the sound of you eating crow.

SusanCritelli
SusanCritelli

@GeeklessTech@osakasaul This is a great article, Steve. Tim ought to get a hold of it and blast it around to HIS followers!

One advantage of homeschooling for someone who has a passion, is that they can concentrate on that in a way that you probably can't in regular school if it is not a topic that is normally emphasized. My daughter took a whole lot of art and photography classes that she would not have had the chance to pursue had she been in school, public or otherwise. For Christian families like the Tebows, that passion can include Jesus Christ, whom you will definitely not have the chance to pursue in public school.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@SusanCritelli Thank you very much Susan. This has peaked my interest in homeschooling on research level. It does appear to be a recipe for success and solid beliefs.