Tim Tebow Puts Integrity Over Football

Eddie BeckerCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators reacts after a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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In a day and age where pro athletes are an afterthought in regards to moral standards, one man has come to swim against the culture stream of ethical failures and invisible backbones.  Tim Tebow is standing up for the unborn.

Tebow has let it known in more ways than one that he's a Christian, but so have many other athletes.  We've seen post-game pressers with players thanking God for their win or their incredible performance.  We've seen the prayer huddles at midfield featuring coaches and players from both teams.  We've also seen many of those same athletes end up in the limelight not often sought, be it adultery issues, gun charges, or blatently not keeping promises made to others.

Tim Tebow is taking his beliefs a step beyond the eye black with Bible verses and the Sportscenter highlights of overseas mission trips.  Tebow will be featured in a Super Bowl ad with his mother to emphasize the importance of human life.

Here's where things get tricky for the former Heisman winner.

The ad Tebow will appear in will be an obvious affront to abortion, one of the most divisive issues in America.  An ad women's groups are already clamoring to be pulled from the slot of commercials that typically feature beer, scantily clad women selling web domains, or babies talking about stock trades. 

Tebow is entering an extremely volatile point in his career.  He's gearing up for the NFL draft, one where few other players will be scrutinized as much as Tebow.  Is now really the best time for him to be releasing such a controversial ad? 

Really, is there ever a good time?

But because he's Tim Tebow, he's fully behind the ad.  He's spent his entire career being an incredible leader on the field.  So much to the point that some don't even realize that, before there was ever football for Tebow, there was a desire to be a man of integrity.

See, Tebow isn't the guy you'll see plastered on the weekends.  You won't hear stories in Gainesville of some vast number of Gator co-eds Tebow has slept with.  Why? 

Tebow doesn't drink.  Tebow's a virgin.  Tebow is a man who holds dear to his heart his beliefs and character.  Even more so than the game of football.

Don't question his desire, however.  Tebow still wants to win more than any other guy on the field.  He'll still go down as having one of the most memorable press conference speeches of all time when he rallied his team after a mid-season loss to Ole Miss to go on and win a BCS title. 

He's still the guy that gets in the face of his fellow teammates to pump them up and get the swagger back in their step.  But at the end of the day, Tebow does something a lot of athletes don't: he talks the talk and walks the walk, even at the expense of losing fans and gaining critics.