Tim Tebow - Through My Eyes with Nathan Whitaker
So I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile and I finally got it at the library and read it in a few days time.
Here’s the Overview from Barnes & Noble:
Over the course of the last five years, Tim Tebow established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football and a top prospect in the NFL. During that time he amassed an unparalleled resume—winning two BCS national championships, becoming the first sophomore in NCAA history to win the Heisman trophy, and in the face of massive public scrutiny, being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos.
Now, in Through My Eyes, Tebow brings readers everywhere an inspirational memoir about life as he chose to live it, revealing how his faith and family values, combined with his relentless will to succeed, have molded him into the person that he is today. As the son of Christian missionaries, Tebow has a unique story to tell—from the circumstances of his birth, to his home-schooled roots, to his record-setting collegiate football career with the Florida Gators and everything else that took place in between.
At every step, Tebow’s life has defied convention and expectation. While aspects of his life have been well-documented, the stories have always been filtered through the opinions and words of others. Through My Eyes is his passionate, firsthand, never-before-told account of how it all really happened.
Here are a few excerpts I Loved!
page 16: “…So if everybody was doing the same thing, the normal and usual thing, I looked for a different way. The crowd, by definition, gravitates toward average, which could tend toward middle of the road or toward mediocrity. If we’re all special in the same way, then nobody really is. A view of that kind of life, I believe discounts the belief that God created each of us special, each with gifts and abilities like no one else’s. He create each of us different, fully intending that we would use our unique gifts and abilities to do what He created us to do.
You and I were created by God to be so much more than normal. My parents always told us that was true of each of my siblings and me.
Following the crowd is not a winning approach to life. In the end it’s a loser’s game, because we never become who God created us to be by trying to be like everybody else. I figured that out when I was five, but I couldn’t have expressed it then. I just knew that I wanted to be different in those areas that excited me, I wanted to be me – and then I began to understand that I wanted to be who God created me to be.”
page 69: “At the same time, there was a lot of attention on me and whether I would perform at the level everyone expected. In the lead-up to the season, I’d learned that Ken Murrah of Ponte Vedra Beach wanted to film a documentary about me, which was scheduled for broadcast on ESPN. It certainly fit within the framework of the admonition of Proverbs 27:2 to “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” It was flattering that they would want to do that, and even thought it was very well done, I couldn’t help but be pretty embarrassed by its filming. And the title was the worst part of the embarrassment.
The Chosen One.
They interviewed coaches, teammates, and other key people from my life. And while I didn’t really want the extra attention, it turned out to be really fun and led to other guys getting scholarships because of all the attention focused on our program. It was also a great Christian witness, because the final documentary showed my dad reading Bible verses.”
page 103: “Later in the game we ran a fake option right, and then I spun around to the left and threw a comeback screen to Dallas Baker. We scored on it – my first touchdown pass in college – but they call holding on Phil Trautwein. As we came back into the huddle, Phil, who was a sophomore, apologized to me. He was a hard worker, team leader, and a true asset. Of course he hadn’t meant to be penalized. I looked him straight in the eye and said, “No problem. That was only my first passing touchdown in college ever – don’t worry about it.” That became a running joke that I still remind him of.”
page 136 & 137: “…a day after the Auburn loss, Lousiana State students took it upon themselves to do their best to make me feel welcome as we prepared for our visit the following weekend.
It started with a few choice voicemails that Sunday afternoon. Not one of them was worth listening to, but sadly they needed to be heard so that appropriate measures and precautions could be taken. Message coming in like this one: “Hey, Tim Tebow, you’d better tell your family to stay inside because we’re going to find your parents tonight and they’re going to end up in serious pain.” Messages like that – uplifting, positive messages demonstrating good sportsmanship and goodwill toward all….By Monday afternoon, the calls were coming in constantly. My cell phone vibrated nonstop, and I had to keep it continually plugged in because the battery was dying every ninety minutes or so, without ever picking it up at all….As best I could figure, someone at LSU or in the surrounding area got my number and gave it out, and I was told that there were announcements at bars around Baton Rouge along the lines of, “This is Tim Tebow’s number. Call or text him and give him a hard time.”
As we were on the bus that Saturday afternoon heading into the stadium, Jim Tartt, our junior offensive lineman, reached over and grabbed my perpetually buzzing phone. He answered, at random, one of the many calls still coming in, and exploded at the caller. It wasn’t pretty but I was glad I had Jim on my side. The caller probably thought it was me letting him have it. Oh well….”
So all that to say, I’m buying this book!
Also, there’s been quite a bit of news about him lately…check out this article for just a sample.