Tebow is SI cover story

Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 8:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 8:45 p.m.

This week’s July 27, 2009, issue of Sports Illustrated features Gator quarterback Tim Tebow with the billing "Tim Tebow: Man of Many Missions."

The article summary: With two national championships and a Heisman trophy to his name, the Florida Gators’ quarterback long ago secured his legacy as one of college football’s all-time greats. It is off the field, living a life devoted to Christian humanitarianism, where Tebow continues to make his mark.

SI senior writer Austin Murphy recently joined Tebow on a trip to visit inmates at Lawtey (Fla.) Correctional Institution, one of the many places away from football where Tebow imparts his increasingly popular words of wisdom.

Here is an excerpt:

“Watching Tebow zip passes into the seams of opposing defenses, lower his shoulder in short yardage and exhort his teammates like King Henry V on St. Crispin’s Day, one might think that he was put on this earth just to run coach Urban Meyer’s spread offense. Watching him pace the floor of a gymnasium packed with 660 wayward men hanging on his every syllable is to realize that, regardless of what position Tebow eventually plays in the NFL, and for how long, the football phase of his life is merely a means to a greater end.”

Says Tebow of the trips he makes to Lawtey and the other “faith and character-based” prisons in the state of Florida: “It’s one of my favorite things to do. You’re talking to guys who have no hope, no support, who have been totally written off by the world.”

Read the whole story at SI.com

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