Tebow a natural role model


Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Tim Tebow seems to share a lot in common with his childhood hero, former Florida great Danny Wuerffel.
Both quarterbacked their high school team to a state championship in their senior season. Both came down to Florida and Alabama in the recruiting process. Both are the son of a minister with a strong faith that they live by.
Tebow is already drawing comparisons to Wuerffel - especially as a person.
"Some people have mentioned that, and it's just a wonderful compliment," said Tebow's mother Pam Tebow. "Danny Wuerffel did all the right things and he was always so humble."
Wuerffel and Tebow both have a strong faith in God and a desire to share it with others.
Wuerffel has devoted himself to Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans, while Tebow has done missionary work in the Philippines with his father Bob Tebow.
Tim has been to the Philippines once a year for the last three years, where he preaches and works at an orphanage his father established in the 1980s. Tim will not be going this year because he is enrolled in classes at UF and remains in school this summer.
"Tim Tebow is a great guy to be around," said Union County running back C.J. Spiller, who has developed a close friendship with Tebow during the recruiting process. "His faith is so strong and he wears it on his sleeve. You don't see him going out and doing things he shouldn't do. He's a great Christian."
St. Augustine Nease coach Craig Howard said Tebow was an excellent role model for his teammates and others in the community.
"He leaves a great legacy at Nease," Howard said. "He established a work ethic and a way of doing things for other kids to follow. He's a guy who followed the rules and did all the right things and had something good happen to him. He did it the right way, by staying away from drugs and alcohol and loving his teammates.
"I was at a Shrine game two weeks ago and a fourth-grader came up to me and said, 'Where's Timmy Tebow?' I said, 'He's at the University of Florida now.' The kid said, 'I want to come to Nease and be the next Timmy Tebow.' Kids look up to him."
Pam Tebow said her son's faith is one of the reasons she's not worried about the great expectations that have been placed on him.
"We would accept him even if he didn't live up to people's expectations," she said. "He's already met ours. His name (Timothy) means honor God and that's what he really wants to do."
Robbie Andreu can be reached at 352-374-5022 or andreur@gvillesun.com

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