Those are the words Tim Tebow mouthed to the disappointed Coach Meyer and Coach Marotti from the University of Florida, after it was announced that the winner of the 2008 Heisman trophy was Sam Bradford, not Tebow.
I recently read this in the book “Through My Eyes,” an account of the trials and tribulations Tim Tebow faced throughout his life and his football career. There has been so much hype in the past couple years about this phenomenal athlete, much of it having to do with religious devotion. Tim Tebow is an inspiration, regardless of any religious affiliation you might have.
I have always looked up to athletes because of their ability to (quite literally) get hit, and have the stamina to get right back up, knowing they might get knocked down over and over again. Life isn’t easy. If you think it is, you’re probably not trying hard enough. Whenever I’m having a hard time with something, and the thought of quitting crosses my mind…. I just think to myself, “Are you crazy?! If you quit now, you get NOTHING out of all your hard work. At least get SOMETHING.”
After reading this book, I think I might just start saying “game on,” and look my challenges dead in the eye. Can you imagine what would have happened if Tebow had quit after he didn’t win the Heisman in 2008 or 2009? Well, first of all, the nation wouldn’t have such a hunky quarterback to be raving about right now. And secondly, he wouldn’t have accomplished all of the things that we know him for. He started the Tim Tebow Foundation, he wrote Through My Eyes with Nathan Whitaker, and not to mention he helped take the Denver Broncos to the playoffs this past season. He also is speaking across the country, next stop Las Vegas, where I will be going to see him this weekend (Tim, if you’re reading this, which I’m sure you are, then how about a quick interview after you speak at Canyon Ridge? For blogging purposes, of course).
Okay, so I may not meet Tim Tebow, but nevertheless he is still an inspiration. Next time you think about giving up or quitting something, just think, at least I’m not getting sacked by a 300 pound linebacker right now. I am almost positive this will make anything you are doing seem like cake! I know for me, I am going to start looking at my obstacles as challenges, not stop signs. Keep truckin along, all this hard work WILL be worth it… if each of us makes it worth it.
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” – Tim Notke
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