A Miracle baby.
That's what Tim Tebow's father, Bob Tebow, called his son in an interview with Austin Murphy published in the July 27 issue of Sports Illustrated.
After contracting amebic dysentery during pregnancy, Tebow's mother, Pam, slipped into a brief coma which led doctors to advise her to undergo an abortion. The Tebows, being pro-life advocates, decided to have the child despite doctor concerns.
And so "Timmy" was born.
It might not match being born in a manger to a virgin mother, but it's as close as you can get.
And while Bob and Pam Tebow are lucky to have delivered a healthy (although tiny) Timothy Richard Tebow, it might be us, the world at large, that have benefited the most from Tim Tebow's existence.
Forget that Tebow’s been one of the greatest players in SEC history, a Heisman winner, and two time National Champion.
Set aside his 7470 career passing yards, 72 passing touchdowns, 2185 rushing yards and 46 rushing touchdowns.
Put his career record of 17-5 as Florida Gator quarterback and team record of 38-6 since his freshman year on the back burner.
Look beyond the 611 points he helped his team score last season.
While stats show how great of a player he has been in Gainesville, Tebow is more than passing and rushing, more than a quarterback.
He’s a role model, an advocate for Christianity and faith, and a missionary.
And while he may run the Urban Meyer offense beautifully, it’s his off-field actions that, when compared to his quarterback ability, make him look like a one-star recruit under center.
Tebow, as reported by Austin Murphy, has spear-fronted the community involvement of the Gator football team with various Florida charities. Last season Tebow even inspired coach Meyer to make a missionary trip to the Dominican Republic.
It’s been highly reported that Tebow and his family travel to Croatia, Germany, Thailand, and the Philippines to help the less fortunate with the medical help (among one of which was circumcisions) they need.
Tim’s been going since he was 15-years-old, and has publicly stated that he’d like to continue the work he does after his college career is finished.
Tebow is also known to publicly speak at prisons to convicted criminals, instilling in them the strength and inspiration to succeed in their lives through the help of Christianity and God.
Out of all the accolades Tebow has received it may be his model behavior that gains him so much recognition from the public.
An admitted virgin, Tebow has shown that he is an excellent role model for children aspiring to be successful individuals not only on the field, but in the classroom and in life.
Tebow, through his actions, is a muse to children; motivating them to follow their dreams (Tebow followed his to the University of Florida and hopes to continue to follow that dream in the NFL next season).
And while Tebow may seem as perfect as they come, he admits, in an interview with Kenny Mayne in ESPN the Magazine, that he does have at least one bad habit.
“I crack my knuckles a lot,” Tebow told Mayne.
I think we're willing to look past that one.
Bob Tebow may not have gotten a preacher for a son, but he got more than a quarterback.
Lucky for us.