Friday, August 28, 2009

Must-Read: Thamel NYT Q&A With Tebow

Stop what you're doing and read this Q&A in the New York Times Quad blog between Pete Thamel -- who has interviewed Tim Tebow as extensively as anyone -- and Tebow.

The first section is all about Tebow's charitable work -- it is probably the most in-depth discussion about his core value of philanthropy as anything I have seen.

(In a very sophisticated way, he also talks about the bind the NCAA is in as it relates to letting players have more roles in charity work, recognizing that he would like to do a ton, but there is a huge risk of other players -- or outside influences -- abusing the system.)

The second section digs into football, with Tebow noting that the team's personnel this season means defense will have to "honor" more guys, like last year when Harvin was out.

They also talk about Tebow's pro future, and -- yes! -- we get more fodder for my theory that the Patriots will draft Tebow because Belichick loves him, loves the IDEA of him and loves Meyer: Tebow said that when making his decision about whether to come back, he consulted... Bill Belichick. More about his pro development:
What you hear from most guys, all that stuff is stuff that you can learn. The No. 1 thing that you can’t teach is leadership, winning and competitiveness. Will I work at stuff for the next level? Yes. But you know what, I would rather want a coach that wants me for me. For those three things.
That sounds like Belichick.

God: This Pats-draft-Tebow move is going to be so obvious by the time we get to April. And I'm still steeling myself for what it will take to instantly start rooting for the Patriots.

By the way, according to the interview, Tebow is taking 1 class a week that is 1 hour. Otherwise: "I’m a football player this semester."

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that really was a great Q&A. The interviewer got Tim talking and talking. I don't think I quite understood before that he really loves all that charity work-- it's not that he feels an obligation; he's excited to do it. Already planning everything he'd do once he was free of NCAA rules... he may have been taking only one class, but it sounds like he was learning more and accomplishing more than most people earning impressive degrees.