CuriousJockAZIt also has to do with the fact that he's a hugely positive role model for young people, a humanitarian, and by all accounts an all-around quality guy. He leads by example and people admire this about him. As an athlete, he inspires everyone around him to push a little harder, dig a little deeper, and believe in themselves even when no one else does.
Well, that's a rose tinted view of who and what Tim Tebow is...and I hate to rain on your parade on this, but no...he is not "a hugely positive role model for young people."
For starters, if you've played on a team, you know that you're supposed to have your teammate's backs. And what did Tim do when his rabid fans in Denver put the billboard calling for Kyle Orton's ousting? Nothing. He could've came out in support of his starting QB...but of course the opportunist in him happily sat back and watched as people pressure not only led to Orton's departure from Denver, but his own leap frogging over Brady Quinn into the starting job...which technically at that time, he hadn't earned. He was #3 on the depth chart...Quinn should've been given the time after Orton was gone.
But for me, as a gay man, the most distressing thing about Tim Tebow...was his association with "Focus on the Family." This is a pro-life, homophobic group that has an allegedly long track record of misrepresenting facts and apparently even supporting the use of conversion therapy for LGBT youth. The reality is that the politics behind "Focus on the Family" is not a secret to people...so that Tim Tebow got into bed with them to do their ad during the Super Bowl...leads me to believe that he generally supports their views.
Of course he had the chance to set the record straight about his own views regarding homosexuality...but his handler at the time nixed a question that was asked of him.
So no, I'm sorry...but no, he's not a "hugely positive role model for young people." He has some positive attributes...as do most NFL players on some level or another...but frankly, I think the world can do without a new generation of recruits for "Focus on the Family," don't you?
Warrick Dunn was a hugely positive role model for young people...compared to him, Tim Tebow doesn't even warrant a glance!!!
Now having said all of that about Tim Tebow, I do need to say this: what was said about him recently by several of his teammates and coaches apparently with the Jets...was really unfair.
The summary, if you haven't read the story, can be found here: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/tim-tebow-terrible-unnamed-jets-teammate-tells-york-130832876--nfl.html
Obviously I'm not a Tebow fan, but I will give him this: since he's been in NY, he's pretty much said and done everything the Jets have asked of him. For people therefore to come out anonymously, or even if they weren't anonymous, and trash him the way that they did...it was pretty classless, and they should be ashamed of themselves!!!