Tim Tebow is among the most popular people globally despite no longer being in the NFL and struggling as a New York Mets minor leaguer. His charming personality, good looks, and devotion to God have made him a beloved figure.
Now 33 and married, Tebow has found another way to increase his popularity, this time without playing sports. The former Denver Broncos quarterback is using the legacy of his cherished dog, Bronco, as a unique way to inspire children.
Tim Tebow wasn’t able to stick in the NFL
After a decorated college career at Florida, Tim Tebow was the 25th overall pick of the 2010 Draft by the Broncos. He played in three games during his rookie season and went 1-2 while throwing five touchdowns and three interceptions.
During the 2011 season, Tebow took the NFL world by storm. He went 7-4 as the Broncos’ starter and had five fourth-quarter comebacks. Tebow finished the season with 1,729 passing yards and 12 touchdowns. The Broncos won the AFC West Division and faced off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card.
Tebow was awful during the 2011 regular season as a pocket passer. However, he torched the Steelers for 316 yards through the air. Tebow threw the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime to Demaryius Thomas to send the Broncos to the Divisional Round. Denver fans were convinced that Tebow, though he had many flaws as a thrower, would be the Broncos’ new franchise quarterback.
However, January 14th, 2012, wound up being Tebow’s final game with the Broncos. Denver got blown out by the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round by a final score of 45-10. During the offseason, the Broncos signed Peyton Manning in free agency and traded Tebow to the New York Jets.
In 2012, Tim Tebow appeared in 12 games for the Jets, mostly as a wildcat quarterback. After playing a few preseason games with the Philadelphia Eagles and Patriots, Tebow’s NFL dream came to an end before the 2015 season started. The lefty finished his career with 17 passing touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Tim Tebow has struggled with his baseball dream
Tim Tebow began his baseball dream in 2016 with the Scottsdale Scorpions. In 19 games, he batted .194 and drove in two runs while striking out 20 times.
In 2017, Tebow played for two teams affiliated with the Mets. He split time with the St. Lucie Mets and Columbia Fireflies. The former Heisman Trophy winner hit .226 in 126 games and homered eight times. However, Tebow struck out 126 times and finished with only 52 runs batted in.
Tebow played for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in 2018 and the Syracuse Mets in 2019. He batted a respectable .273 in 2018 but dipped down to a woeful .163 in 2019. Most baseball pundits don’t expect Tebow to ever play in the MLB.
Despite the outside world telling him to stop, though, Tebow isn’t going to give up on his baseball dream since he doesn’t know how to quit. His determination is one of the reasons Tebow is a role model for many kids.
Sensing that children look up to him for guidance and inspiration, Tim Tebow recently took his talents to another field of life and paid homage to his dog Bronco, who passed away in 2019.
Former NFL star releases first children’s book
Tim Tebow has a new children’s book called “Bronco and Friends: A Party to Remember.” The colorful book pays tribute to his dog Bronco. During an interview with Good Morning America, Tebow talked about his book, which focuses on celebrating our differences with love.
“Bronco was such an amazing dog and I wanted to honor him,” Tebow said, via ABC News. “I remember when I was a young boy and my mom and dad would read to me and I remember how impactful those stories were and I wanted to write a children’s book for all the young boys and girls out there to encourage them and their worth and that they’re unique, they are special, they are wonderful. I believe that God created all of us fearfully and wonderfully made and we are special and I think we need to embrace those differences because He made us perfect. So I wanted to encourage young kids because those young children’s books really have huge impacts on our life and I was hoping this could have a big impact.”
Tim Tebow also stated that the other main characters in the book are named after the “Wish kids” he fell in love with during his charity work. The former Florida Gator worked with many kids who tragically died due to cancer, and he wanted to remember them–and his dog–with this magical book for children.