Tim Tebow's college football career has mere days remaining. All this week, a look back at the Top 10 defining moments of his career.
"The first time, it was nerve-racking. Hands were shaking a little bit. I mean, I'm cutting somebody. You can't do those kinds of things in the United States. But those people really needed the surgeries. We needed to help them."
Nothing juiced the mythology of Tim Tebow like the news that he spent his spring break after his Heisman-winning sophomore year circumcising orphans in the Philippines. Even with everything else that Tebow had done in his career, on and off the field, it seemed so... larger-than-life.
Maybe it was Tebow performing surgeries. Maybe it was Tebow doing something as dramatic as performing THAT kind of surgery. Maybe it was the Biblical allusion of the act. Maybe it was the video documentation that accompanied it. Maybe it was that it was the PERFECT fodder for sports bloggers.
It was a combination of all of them, it became a defining detail of Mythic Tebow. (It also led to a fun post on my own blog, in which I invited Tebow to perform at the bris of my newborn son, born in October 2008. Or, as I liked to say: Tebow as mohel. Unfortunately -- or perhaps fortunately for both of us -- it was a game week and Tebow was unavailable.)
That same trip overseas also led to what might be my favorite Tebow photo of all time:
No. 10: Tebow commits
No. 9: "I'm coming back!"
No. 7: Crying
No. 6: 20/20
Coming Tuesday: No. 5.
Coming Wednesday: No. 4, 3 and 2.
Coming Thursday: No. 1.