Tim Tebow recently released a book about his life up to this point titled "Through My Eyes." The book includes Tim talking about everything he has dealt with up to this point in his life on and off the football field. From being home schooled to winning championships with the Florida Gators to being drafted by the Broncos, Tim's story would definitely be a good read.
With the book release, Tim has been touring the country doing book signings and doing interviews at radio stations and television daytime and late night talk shows. One particular interview that was really good was when he chatted with Jorge Sedano of 790 The Ticket in Miami.
You can listen to the entire interview here. Below are some particular quotes transcribed that stood out.
On why he decided to write a book at the young age of 23:
"Well I figure most people wait until they’re 24 and I was going to try to get a head start and try to get it knocked out at 23. That was my main purpose behind it. No, not really. When I was leaving college, most people, some people were trying to pressure me into it. They were saying ‘oh, you need to write a book about your time in college’. And I really just didn’t think it was time. I wanted to focus on my dream of being an NFL quarterback. And so I went through my first year and I realized there were several other people that came out with books about me, and honestly, they weren’t that true and they didn’t really tell the real story. So I figured it was a good opportunity to really tell my story through my platform and through my eyes, and what happened. And really try to encourage some people and inspire some people, and if I can’t do that then at least give them a good read. So honestly that was my purpose in writing it."
On if he puts the rumors and myths to rest in the book:
"Well, I think a little bit. I don’t reference them or anything. But honestly just tell my story of what happened — some inside the huddle looks, just thoughts going into everything, and just what it was like through my eyes what it was like growing up through college, and then trying to play for championships and getting drafted and all that; and also some cool stories that maybe people wouldn’t know about me. I think that was one of the most fun things about writing this book — just really sitting down and thinking about and saying ‘okay, there’s a lot of things people know about me; what are some things people would honestly have no idea that I had done these things, that this is what really happened. I think that was something that was very fun as well."
What kind of things:
"[Laughs]. Well, I don’t know. I was very honored to speak at the President’s Prayer Breakfast, and that was something that was very special for me. I’ve been blessed to do a lot of cool things. But then a lot of people wouldn’t know that at certain times in games I made the wrong call but it ended up turning out the right way. Just a lot of different things that were fun and interesting. You should get the book and read it! I think you’d enjoy it hopefully."
On if being home schooled made going to a huge university like Florida a tough transition:
"Absolutely not. I was blessed, I was the fifth kid and all five kids in my family were blessed to get college scholarships and had gone to college. So I had learned from them. But also, I was fresh, I was excited about going into class because I hadn’t been worn out by going to class my entire life. So when I went to Florida, I was extremely fresh and looking forward to it. So there wasn’t those awkward times, and more than anything I was just excited for the change and fired up about going in there and starting my college career."
On If he had an awkward moment with media
Well, I honestly didn’t have too many awkward moments with the media. There were some where they try to take advantage of you. But for the most part I had a great relationship with the media around Gainesville and with the national reporters that would come in and that was something that was cool because I would get to see the same guys every week and I would get to know them by name and get to have a relationship so that was fun as well.
On the trash talk he has received:
"Well there’s a lot of guys that talk trash — in college and now in the league. There’s a lot of guys that are going to say everything under the sun. And honestly, I’m not a trash talker so I don’t really repeat anything. But they’re just saying everything and I give them a nice ‘God bless you, or good hit’ and they’ll look at me like ‘what, that doesn’t even make sense?’ So I just go on with my business and keep playing hard and don’t really let it affect me too much."
If there was a low moment where he was shaken in college:
I think there were several. My sophomore year when we lost to Georgia that was something that upset me, how we lost, the lack of fight that I showed and my team showed. The lack of leadership that I showed in that loss, that affected me til the next time we played them and we completely dominated and showed them that It was not the same team that played them. The Ole Miss loss was pretty tough to take and of course the last loss of my career against Alabama because that would have gave us a national title shot but they were by far the better team on that day and good for them.
If his religious beliefs ever shaken
In no way was my faith ever shaken to the point that I was doubting anything. Sometimes you ask why is this happening or it wasn’t supposed to happen this way. But that only makes my faith stronger because my endurance is my faith. That’s what walking by faith is. There are going to be times when you don’t understand what’s going on but you have to stay strong because you know something good is going to happen on the other side.
On being a college legend to sitting on the bench as an NFL rookie:
"Well, one, it was still exciting to be in the NFL. As a competitor you still want to be out there all the time. So at the end of the year it was very exciting to be out there to compete and start and try to lead my team down the field. That was a lot of fun. Overall the whole season was just a great learning opportunity. I felt like I got a lot better, understood the game a lot more, and felt like I’ve had a great offseason as well. So I’m very excited about going into camp and competing."
On his relationship with John Elway:
"Well I’ve got a great relationship with John. And I’ve really just had a great relationship ever since I came into Denver. We’ve talked a lot, and he’s someone that definitely imparts a lot of wisdom. I mean, he’s someone who played this game at the highest level for a long time. So it’s exciting to have him in the building, and have him around, and have him give me tips because he’s a good one. So that’s exciting."
What was more nerve wrecking — first NFL snap or participating in first surgical circumcision:
"Definitely a circumcision. Not even close."