This post is only for those of you have tried to do something of significance and failed. If you haven’t, then you will not be able to fully understand and appreciate this message.
If you are new to the Tebow world due to his amazing and unprecedented run in the NFL, here’s a quick breakdown of the promise speech.
- 2006 - Tebow was the backup quarterback as a freshman at Florida as they went on to win the National Championship. Even as the backup, he had a rushing and passing TD as the Gators destroyed Ohio State 41-14 in the Championship game.
- 2007 - In a rebuilding year, the Gators went 9-4. Tebow became the first ever sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.
- 2008 - The Gators were ranked in the top 5 and lost to Ole Miss 31-30 in a ridiculous game in which Ole Miss stopped Tebow on a 4th and 2 feet to win the game. Out of this defeat, The Promise was born.
And so it goes, that out of defeat came the defining moment for Tebow’s college career. So much so, that they even created this plaque to memorialize the speech:
And so it goes, after The Promise and a devastating defeat, Tim Tebow lead the Florida Gators to win every single game for the rest of the season including the national championship.
For those of you wondering why I am such a huge and longtime supporter of all things Tim Tebow, this speech is definitely a major reason. He turned defeat into a rallying point. In the face of rejection, he took full responsibility and decided that instead of allowing his team to sulk in the loss, he was going to push his team to play harder than they ever have before.
Tebow is an amazing leader. He inspires everyone around him to become better, to achieve more, and to believe. And if you want to knock the guy for believing in something that you do not, you are entitled to your opinion. But there is no denying, now more than ever, the effect he has on his teammates and the great leader that he has become.