Tim Tebow has been making headlines on a regular basis since winning the Heisman Trophy way back in 2007. After several years in the NFL, Tebow successfully transitioned to a professional baseball career. Meanwhile, he has also enjoyed a lucrative career as a college football analyst with ESPN, bringing him even more visibility.
Yet for all that, Tebow has managed to remain a fairly private person in many regards. All of that changed in 2016, when he revealed that his father had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
A brief review of Tim Tebow’s baseball career
Tebow first announced his interest in trying to forge a baseball career in 2016, a year after his last attempt to play quarterback at the NFL level. At that point, Tebow had not played full-time baseball in over a decade, going all the way back to high school. Nonetheless, within a month of his announcement, Tebow had signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.
His professional career got off to an auspicious start, with Tebow hitting a home run on the first pitch of his first at bat during the Mets’ instructional league.
He spent the rest of that year playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions, an Arizona Fall League team. He then spent the 2017 season playing Single A ball for a number of Mets’ affiliates, proving himself a legitimate pro prospect along the way.
In 2018, he moved up to the Double A level, and in 2019 to Triple A, playing with the Syracuse Mets. Unfortunately, Tebow suffered a hand injury that July, and subsequently missed the rest of the season.
In 2020, Tebow participated in the Mets’ major league spring training, according to FanSided. Despite hitting one home run, the Mets ended up cutting him, causing some to question whether his sports career had come to an end.
Relationship with his father
Tebow has always had a strong relationship with his parents, crediting his father Bob and mother Pam as two of his biggest inspirations. His father was one of the first people that Tebow consulted when considering trying to break into professional baseball. He told Tebow, in essence, to follow his heart, saying (per The State): “You don’t have to listen to what other people say.”
Tebow’s father is a Christian missionary who instilled in his son a deep sense of faith. In fact, Tebow was actually born in the Philippines while his was there as missionaries.
Tebow has accompanied his father on mission trips since he was a teenager. He even opened a Philippines hospital — the Tim Tebow Cure Hospital — as a charitable gesture.
Tim Tebow’s reaction to his father’s Parkinson’s diagnosis
It wasn’t easy for Tebow to learn that his father had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s back in 2016. He was in Atlanta at the time, and found himself wishing more than anything that he could have been there in person with his father. By Tebow’s own admission, it was an emotional night, with the news coming as a serious reality check.
Tebow soon recovered, however, and used the news as a way to realign his priorities. He made every effort to spend more time with his father, and also became “drastically protective” of him, according to People.
In other words, Tebow made it his mission to spare his father any unnecessary strain, whether by carrying his luggage or helping him with difficult physical tasks. Fortunately, Tebow Sr. remains in reasonably good health so far, and has been able to continue his mission of spreading the Christian faith and helping those in need.