Tim Tebow may never see an NFL field again, but that does not mean the ever-popular star will walk away from the public eye. In an interview and story that appears on Fox News’ website, the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback said he is “intrigued” by the idea of getting into politics.
Don’t get the idea of the former Florida Gator passer trading in a football for a political sign just yet. But the mere mention of it has once again given Tebow the center of media attention he is used to from his playing days. This also does not mean he has given up hope of playing on an NFL roster.
“Tebow gave Fox News reporter host Ainsley Earhardt the most perfect Tebow quote about his current situation. Tebow, who is still only 28 years old, also said he would be intrigued by the possibility of getting into politics later in life if it means he can help people,” the story states.
Tebow is still once of the more popular athletes in the NFL, as discovered in a recent poll taken of fans. His ever-present smile, his Richie Cunningham appeal and his better than most honesty and personality make him a likable candidate – should he ever choose to just into the political arena.
We should not get excited about this just yet, but the news and the comments from Tebow does give us all food for thought.
Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel was candid about this recent news, stating this was something he knew all along in his story last week.
I hate to say I told you so, but I was way ahead of the game on this one. Six years ago, before Tebow was drafted into pro football, I predicted he was destined for much bigger things than the NFL.
Here’s what I wrote in the Orlando Sentinel on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010:
“Two games into Tim Tebow’s tenure as a starting quarterback in college, I predicted he would win Heisman Trophies plus national championships and go down as one of the greatest college football players ever. Now that his college career is officially over, it’s time to make another bold prediction: Tim Tebow will be the President of the United States someday.”
Let’s not all get ahead of ourselves, but it is something that could at some point happen, the political position. Running for President might be as long a shot as Tebow making an NFL roster in 2016.
Tebow would not be the first player to jump into the political arena.
Jack Kemp, Heath Shuler and Steve Largent have all had successful political careers. Even a former President had a chance at an NFL career. President Gerald Ford was a standout player at Michigan who played in the 1935 Collegiate All-Star game against the NFL Champion Chicago Bears. He would turn down contract offers from the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions to go to Yale Law School.
Bryon White would serve in the Supreme Court until his retirement in 1993. The Byron “Whizzer” White award is now given out by the NFLPA to honor charity work done by a player.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers great Lynn Swann hasn’t held an elected office yet, but he does have his aspirations. In 2006, Swann ran against then-incumbent Pennsylvania Governor (and Eagles Fan and analyst on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia) Ed Rendell.
Alan Page played 15 seasons in the NFL, the majority of them with the Minnesota Vikings. In that time, he went to the Super Bowl four times with the Vikings, won the 1971 NFL MVP award, was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, a six-time NFL All-Pro, 1970 NFL Defensive Player of The Year and a Hall of Famer.
In 1992, Page was elected as an associate Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court, becoming the first African-American to hold the position. He has held the position since then, and in his 1998 reelection became the largest vote-getter in the history of Minnesota politics.