Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tebow's Eye-Black: Proverbs 3:5-6

UPDATE: Pat Dooley with key background on Tebow's choice to wear Prov. 3:5-6 on his eye-black -- he was inspired by a fan on the Gator Walk. (Naturally, you can expect Saturday to see 100 fans with signs sporting verses they would like to see him wear. Too cynical?)

It isn't unreasonable to wonder what was on Tim Tebow's eye-black this week. Last year, he wore "Phil 4:13" all season long, then switched to "John 3:16" for the national-title game.

Due to Tebow's platform that night, the phrase subsequently vaulted to the most-searched term on Google for the next day.

Tebow himself -- along with his parents -- were profoundly impacted by that convergence of religion and technology. It was symbolic -- and real-time -- of Tebow's platform in college.

The Google/eye-black thing might not have been THE reason that Tebow came back to Florida, but it seems to be the anecdote that Tebow, his family and Urban Meyer have cited the most.

So what verse was featured on Tebow's eye-black versus Charleston Southern? Something new:

"Prov" and "3:5-6" (That would be Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.")

As noted on a Gators message board, might that indicate that Tebow is "going Old Testament" on opponents this year?

Will he rotate verses every week or stick with last week's? It's worth noting that the phrase didn't hit the Top 100 "trends" list on Google. But it proved fodder for this post.

(Also, quite a comparison with Terrelle Pryor, who made news this weekend for wearing eye-black that said "Mike" and "Vick." Not quite the same thing.)


  1. Pat Dooley has the story behind the Proverbs eye black.

  2. It didn't crack the Google Trends site b/c it wasn't nationally televised.

  3. does that fact that FSU and Georgia lost this weekend mean the Gators now have to go undefeated to win a championship? With LSU being the gators highest ranked opponent, their schedule looks all the more soft today...

  4. Actually, Pryor had "Mika" and "Vick" on his. Pryor said Mika is his sister's nickname and not a clever play on Michael.

    Of course, it could very well have been originally stood for Michael, but the backlash made him fabricate a nickname for his sister afterwards. Who knows.

  5. I like the King James Version of the scripture much more:

    "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
    In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

  6. Tebow actually chose it because he saw a girl holding a sign with that verse on it at the Gatorwalk. He went over and told her it was a great verse and promised to put it on his eye black. And, obviously, he did.

  7. That's interesting,
    You can make all kinds of fan signs at http://www.fansigngenerator.com

  8. All I wanted for my 11th birthday was to see a gator game. I knew the entire starting lineup and was a huge Tebow fan as most people were. I decided just before we left for gator walk to write "Proverbs 3:5-6" on an old cardboard sign as I wanted to inspire the players in a way only an 11 year old could. We were standing on the side of gator walk and the bus pulled up with all the massive football players and I distinctively remember how large they were. My head was cocked at a 90 degree angle backwards so I could see their faces. As Tebow walked through I couldn't believe that the guy who had inspired so many began to walk over to me. He stooped down and said, "That's a good verse, I'm going to put it on my eyeblack tonight". I truly don't remember what my response was but my friends and I were ecstatic. After entering the stadium, we filed into our nosebleed seats and I immediately stood on the bleachers looking for Time Tebow's eyeblack to see if he actually changed his verse. As he entered the roaring stadium, the white verse illuminated from the black background and said, "Proverbs 3:5-6". As a middle school runner, I decided I wanted to somehow have that kind of impact on others. I therefore began to write Proverbs 3:5-6 on my leg for every race. As a college freshman, I have the opportunity to continue running and will continue to write this verse. Not as a testament to Tebow, but as a testament to my powerful, loving, good God.