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For all the hate, Tim Tebow remains fantastic role model

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Jul 18, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets designated hitter Tim Tebow (15) signs autographs for fans prior to the game A at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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There’s no doubt that anytime the name Tim Tebow is invoked in our state, it’s largely a positive. After all, he’s arguably the most popular college football player the state has produced in the last 25 years.

Sorry FSU fans, that you have to read the truth, but you didn’t beat him on the field, he won two national titles at Florida and the Heisman Trophy. And, ten years after he rolled through the state, the SEC, and most everything else, Tebow has “rock star status” everywhere he goes.

Now, we know there is some dislike and even down right hate for Tebow and what he stands for in other places. He won a lot of games against their teams and yes, he had the gall to “Praise the Lord,” while doing it.

With his football career on the field over, Tebow has turned T.V. analyst.

He’s a very visible, as part of the SEC Network “SEC Nation” live pregame show every Saturday from a different conference site every week. And, despite what his critics knocked him for a few years ago, Tebow has actually improved and gotten more comfortable, insightful and even humorous with his work on the channel.

Also, Tebow is also still trying to hang on to a possible baseball career in the New York Mets organization. He played minor league low level “Single A” baseball last summer in Columbia, SC and in the Florida State League with Port St. Lucie.

He hit .226 with eight homers and 52 RBI’s in 122 games. In his first 25 games in St. Lucie, he was much better early, batting .317 with a 12 game hitting streak. And did well enough that the Mets have invited him back to Spring Training coming up in March. So, it’s far from a “gimmick” that he continues to try to progress up their system this summer.

But, here’s the part that has nothing to do with “on the field” and should have everyone rooting for Tebow, even more.

On Friday night, Tebow, his foundation and it’s organizers, volunteers and sponsors, put on their annual “Night to Shine” event. It has grown from helping a few dozen mentally and physically handicapped students enjoy a formal ball or prom type event at the beginning, to now giving 90,000 (you read that correctly) students with the aide of 540 different churches all over the country, and now the world, a chance to participate.

Tebow is constantly involved through his ministries in helping families with sick children in Florida and around the country, helping orphans with funding and assisting adoption agencies, etc.

You can read more about all of it at his foundation’s web address here.

We get it. There are always going to be haters, who dislike Tebow for what ever reasons: real or invented or “just because.”

Still, you cannot deny his legendary college career.

And even more, you cannot deny that so many have done it wrong, as examples to the youth and younger fans of the game.

Yet, years after his career on the football field has ended, Tim Tebow is still a tremendous ambassador for the game of football.

One parents and coaches should emphasize.

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