Tim Tebow says that as he puts down his football helmet for a baseball glove, his Christian faith remains front-and-center.
Born a son of missionaries, Tebow is spreading the gospel in a different way. He told Fox News how being Christian has had a major impact not only in the NFL but also in his budding career in baseball.
“It impacts me daily. It impacts me in how I treat people. How I pursue life, my vantage point. How I interact with people. Hopefully in how I’m a little more patient with people and certain things,” he said, laughing. “And how I treat people, but my faith is something that changes the way I act, the way I live, the way I think, the way I breathe, everything, because it puts things into perspective especially what matters and that’s something I’m so very grateful for.”
Tebow, now 29, signed with the New York Mets late last year and has started this year's baseball season playing for the Columbia Fireflies, a Class A affiliate of the Mets.
“My teammates have been so supportive from the major league guys to, all the way down. Everyone has been supportive, especially the guys here,” Tebow said.
Their first practice was this past Sunday at South Carolina’s Spirit Communications Park. Nearly 4,000 fans showed up to watch the Heisman Trophy winner practice with his new team and get autographs, the team's Broadcasting and Media Relations Director Kevin Fitzgerald said.
Many fans said they could relate to Tebow and his faith. “I think it's great. I wish more people would do it,” Hedy Webster said.
“I have been a big Tim Tebow fan for a very long time. It’s a big opportunity to go meet him. And he’s so open about his faith, that he has opened up to everyone about it. He’s a big role model for a lot of people out here and a lot of kids,” Hunter Lacie said.
“I wish everybody else felt that way. You know, not be ashamed of who they are. So, I accept every part of it,” birthday girl Elaine Ravaioli told Fox News as she waited in line with her son, Dylan.
Tebow told Fox News during a press conference that he wanted to encourage young people or anyone around him to live their dreams.
“I think that God has a specific plan for every single one of us. And I think that we also have choses that we can make to pursue it and I think that one thing I try to share with young people is that you matter and that you’re special, you’re unique. That God created you for a reason and a purpose, you aren’t an accident, you are special, you are important. And when you understand that and you look at it that way, you can live that way,” Tebow said.
Tebow admits he misses football. “I still love the game of football and sometimes you miss it. But I’m pursuing something else that I love and you can love more than one thing.”
The Fireflies plays their first game against the Augusta Greenjackets on April 6th.