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.
Tim Tebow is one of the most accomplished players in college football history. A two-time winner of the NCAA National Football Championship with the University of Florida, Tim is also the first-ever sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. He then went on to become a two-time winner of the Maxwell Award for the nation’s top football player, while also winning the Davey O’Brien Award for the nation’s best college quarterback and the James E. Sullivan Award for the most outstanding amateur athlete in any sport. He is the founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation which was started to bring faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day in the darkest hour of need, and in April 2010, Tim was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He lives in Colorado.
Through My Eyes is an inspirational winner! Tim has succeeded in all aspects of his life, and now he can add author to the long list of accomplishments. His story shows that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.
- Chuck Norris, actor, bestselling author, and founder of kickstartkids.org
I first heard about Tim Tebow when he was a senior in high school, and I have followed his career closely since then. I've grown to admire his leadership, his drive, and his Christian character. Tim has always made the people around him better, on and off the field. That's what winners do, and Tim is a winner in every sense of the word. This book will show you how that leadership, heart, and character were developed.
- Tony Dungy, former NFL coach, bestselling author, and Emmy-nominated broadcaster
Tim Tebow is one of the greatest players I've ever seen play the game, but just as remarkable is the person he is off the field. His work ethic and attitude were contagious; they brought out the best in everyone around him-teammates, trainers, graduate assistants, our entire coaching staff, and especially me. The unparalleled combination of his talent, competitiveness, leadership, and character is what ultimately puts Tim in a unique place in the history of American sports.
- Urban Meyer, two-time NCAA, National Championship-winning football coach
I've always been a South Carolina fan, and a few years ago I spent my Saturdays doing two things: pulling for my Gamecocks and rooting against Tim Tebow. Then my buddies in Rascal Flatts called and invited me to hang out with them and Tim. Well, since that day I have been rooting for Tim Tebow. From the moment I met him I realized how real and genuine he is, and I am proud to call him my friend.
- Darius Rucker,two-time Grammy Award winner
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
My head was killing me.
It had been a full day already, but as if that weren't enough, now my head was splitting in two. The timing could have been better. I was in New York City for the presentation of the Heisman Trophy and I'd spent most of the day exploring New York with my family and friends. But it had taken its toll. A migraine had set in; I guess the travel and schedule had brought it on. I had been traveling non-stop,it seemed, since the conclusion of the regular season a week earlier.
I had been blessed enough to win several awards already, including the ones that I was the most proud of, several first-team Academic All-American teams.
The ceremony took place on the periphery of Times Square, at the Nokia Theater, as it was then called. There were about twenty of the 2,100 in attendance on December 10, 2008, who were pretty nervousfor me. Those twenty—my parents, siblings and spouses, close friends, Coach Urban Meyer and Coach Mickey Marotti from the University of Florida—had been on hand to support me throughout the entire season, as always, in good times and bad.
Statistically, there had been more good than bad that season. I'd thrown for over 2,500 yards with 28 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.I'd also rushed for 564 yards and had 12 touchdowns. But more important, as a team, we'd seen far more good than bad as well. We were 12?1 and had only had one close game in the last two months—all of them wins.
Of course, Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford, both of whom were invited by the Downtown Athletic Club and were seated beside me on the front row, also had great seasons. We hadn't played either team, yet. We would be facing Oklahoma and Sam Bradford in the BCS National Championship game a month after the ceremony.
Finally, the moment arrived, and none too soon. As the ceremony unfolded, my head was hurting more and more, and I was feeling nauseated. The announcement came from the podium, in a moment that none of us would ever forget. "The Downtown Athletic Club presents the 2008 Heisman Trophy to . . . Sam Bradford, University of Oklahoma."
My phone began vibrating and wouldn't stop for hours. Texts and voice mails from teammates and coaches, all to the effect that we would take it to Oklahoma in the championship game. I wasn't paying attention to the phone, though, as Sam accepted the award—the pounding in my head had continued to intensify.
Finally, at a break, I headed out to the bathroom to run cold water over my face. On the way, I passed Coach Meyer and Coach Marotti, and I could feel the intensity of their disappointment and anger as I approached. They were obviously biased in my favor, and were two of my biggest advocates. I caught their eye and mouthed two words. "Game on."