Tim Tebow says he might run for office

Tim Tebow: The next Heath Shuler?

Tim Tebow: The next Heath Shuler?

Tim Tebow says when his playing days in the NFL are over, he might run for public office.

The New York Jets backup QB says it’s all about making a difference in the world.

He told ESPN New York:

“I haven’t ruled it out. Whatever avenue I feel like I can make a difference in, I’d love to do. I haven’t ruled out anything like that. It won’t be anytime soon in my future, but it’ll be something I’ll at least look at and consider one day.”

Tebow is no stranger to service. He sponsors a charitable foundation, has spoken to inmates in Florida prisons, visited with gravely ill children and made missionary trips to the Philippines, where he worked in his father’s orphanage and witnessed acute poverty.

“Pressure is not having to win a football game; pressure is having to find your next meal,” Tebow told the Washington Post in a 2009 interview. “Even though we love it so much, football is still just a game. A lot of people bleed over it and love it, and I’m one of those people. But at the end of the day, I know what’s more important, and pressure is definitely not football.”

He also wouldn’t be the first athlete to enter politics. Jack Kemp, Steve Largent, J.C. Watts, Bill Bradley, Gerald Ford, Kevin Johnson and Heath Shuler are among elite athletes who have had successful political careers.

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BB

September 19th, 2012
1:36 pm

He should have run for the Republican nominee…he would have probably did a much better job than Mitt is doing

OldGold1964

September 19th, 2012
1:39 pm

Get off the man’s case. As he said, there is more to life than winning a football game.

spanky

September 19th, 2012
1:56 pm

As a life-long UGA fan and grad, I have tried to hate this guy, but he makes it dang-near impossible!! LOL! This guy has his standards and morals in the right place,also character and maxi,sssoooo..he’s alright in my book!! I’d definitely vote for him! I still refuse to “te-bow”..

VinnyD

September 19th, 2012
1:57 pm

Well, by the age of 35 (the legal age to run for pres) he will have been out of football for a while so who knows. There is no way he could be any worse than the two candidates we currently have running. Great Job Republicans, find the candidate who most resembles the worst president in US History and back him. That should REALLY fix things!

joop

September 19th, 2012
2:04 pm

So that’s what he’ll be doing next year.

dan

September 19th, 2012
2:22 pm

Well, by the age of 35 (the legal age to run for pres) he will have been out of football for a while so who knows. There is no way he could be any worse than the two candidates we currently have running. Great Job Republicans, find the candidate who most resembles the worst president in US History and back him. That should REALLY fix things!

I don’t really see how Tebow and Obama are similar at all. Can’t think of anyone else up for debate for worst president ever…

JayD

September 19th, 2012
2:56 pm

LOL! So age is the only qualification for you guys!!!

uga22

September 19th, 2012
2:57 pm

I did not like him at UF, But I think he would be great running for some type of public office. Sure can’t be worse than the way things are now with over half taking coins under the table.

Shantiqua Moniqua D'Eshia Jones Johnson

September 19th, 2012
2:58 pm

He never beat a strong BLACK man like Mr. Obama. He greatest President this terrible country ever seen. We got tha white house and we never givin’ it back! HATERZ KEEP ON HATIN !

Nacos

September 19th, 2012
2:59 pm

Derpmaster

September 19th, 2012
3:01 pm

Keep abortion legal peeps. NO TEBOW.

Evan

September 19th, 2012
3:15 pm

Great, just what we all need. Another ultra religious moron in office.

Celiaann

September 19th, 2012
3:16 pm

You go Tebow.
We need young leaders like you, who will do what they say they will do and I believe you will. You are a great role model for America.
You go son.

Color Card

September 19th, 2012
3:19 pm

Miss Shantiqua “I have 19 names” Johnson, no need to pull the race card. Obama is awful, doesn’t matter what color he is. The problem w/ this county is people like you. You think that just because of the color of your skin, you are entitled to whatever you want. You like Obama because he’s willing to give you every one of those things. Mitt Romney is not outstanding but he will not continue to give out handouts to people who are too lazy to learn a little bit of self-discipline and responsibility. Please quit throwing race into everything and enjoy the white house because it won’t be yours much longer.

OMG

September 19th, 2012
3:30 pm

Thank you “Color Card”!!!! That was very well put…………

Cyndi

September 19th, 2012
3:30 pm

Well said Color Card!!!!

John Radney

September 19th, 2012
3:48 pm

We need more people like Tim Tebow. An old fasioned good man.

Dave

September 19th, 2012
3:51 pm

Actually, the worst president in the country’s history was elected in 2008. Every day, Jimmy Carter wakes up smailing now, because he isn’t at the top of “Worst US President in History”. For the life of me, I can’t imagine Obama winning the election after the disaster that was his presidency. FINALLT, someone had the church bells to say the truth about the Democratic Party when Mitt said what he did. If he wins, all Obama will do is blame the economy on the previous administration. Only this time it was Obama.

mekim6

September 19th, 2012
3:52 pm

I don’t have a problem with obama’s black half. It’s the white half I despise. Take your racist BS and stick it. The race card is very old. If that’s the best you can do, that’s sad. If you support o, you are a socialist. Own it.

Dave

September 19th, 2012
3:55 pm

The “Race Card” was maxed out 10 years ago. Stop running it through the machine just to hear it beep and say “Declined”.

Texas Pete

September 19th, 2012
3:58 pm

At least he’s a real Christian unlike our current two candidates.

Jesus was officially the first zombie

September 19th, 2012
3:59 pm

There’s nothing cute about poverty.

Lynn

September 19th, 2012
4:24 pm

The fact that he is a “real Christian” is ample reason for me not to vote for him. Separation of Church & State, folks. People who are constantly putting their beliefs out there usually don’t respect others’ views.

4 MORE YEARS

September 19th, 2012
4:28 pm

“Color Card”, you are no better than “Miss Shantiqua”. To use such terms as “handouts”, “lazy” and “self-discipline” to respond to a presumed black person, is typical use of the full “race card’ deck.
***AND THE JOKER IS WILD!***

Seriously?

September 19th, 2012
4:33 pm

Tim Tebow has never tried to disrespect anyone regardless of their beliefs or disbeliefs. Obviously y’all don’t comprehend what it takes to be a Christian nor what is stated on paper by the founding fathers about the separation of church and state. As a Christian who serves the poverty-stricken, the sick, and the shut in, he would be a great public servant – or would you rather have yet another greedy windbag lining his or her pockets and to hell with the public he or she is supposed to serve? I think you will find that the “separation of church and state” merely prohibits the establishment of an official U.S. religion – does not say the first thing about prayer in public, having a belief system while in office, or the like. There is a HUGE difference. Why are y’all so scared of someone who believes that we are all called to serve one another, we are called on to take care of the poor, the fatherless, the underdog, and that we are called on to put ourselves last and others first? Why are you scared of someone who believes that we are to treat other people in the way we would like to be treated? This is someone I would love to see in office, dedicated to the proposition that no matter who you are, believer, nonbeliever, woman, man, whatever, that you matter and you should be treated with respect as a human being. Obviously y’all don’t comprehend what it takes to be a Christian nor what is stated on paper by the founding fathers about the separation of church and state.

Seriously?

September 19th, 2012
4:34 pm

Why would you “TRY to hate anyone? I really can’t figure that out.

Al

September 19th, 2012
4:36 pm

he needs to run for office ASAP because he sure can’t play QB!!

God Bless

Seriously?

September 19th, 2012
4:36 pm

I respect people who have different religious viewpoints, and I “put my beliefs out there” verbally and by practicing the same kind of principles I outlined above. If you don’t have something you can “put out there,” then will it stand public scrutiny.

Bulldawg

September 19th, 2012
5:01 pm

How many times, in a WHITE church, have you heard anyone pray for President Obama? You Christians out there, would you pray for his complete recovery if he have a very serious illness? Is it love or is it hate?

Scorp

September 19th, 2012
5:03 pm

Color Card- do you not realize that this was a white person typing sarcastically as a black person??? Sigh…so gullable!

Honky Talkin

September 19th, 2012
5:10 pm

He would be a good Republican nominee, except the GOP is facing exctinction like the Whig’s of the 1800’s with today’s racist, homophobic Repubs.

Old Dawg

September 19th, 2012
5:10 pm

I don’t have a problem with Tim Tebow. While I don’t agree with his personal theology, I truly admire his willingness to share his time, wealth and talent to help those in need.

What I have a tremendous problem with is ESPN and other media outlets lavish unlimited praise on him. Former ESPN commentator Craig James stating that after talking with Tebow for 30 changed his life forever proved that James may have met a lot of people but obviously hand’t REALLY met other people. There are countless other people who are give what they can and don’t expect anything in return.

Are there others in his position who follow his example? Absolutely. Are there others in his position who assist those in need and don’t receive endless accolades. Yes.

Again, I have nothing against Tim Tebow. I just wish ESPN and the rest of the media would take a more balanced approach.

Old Dawg

September 19th, 2012
5:13 pm

Bulldawg: I go to a predominantly white church (due to location, not desired) and we pray for the president, by name, every time we worship. We also pray for our governor and mayor.

Your statement is as shallow as those you are chastising.

Steve

September 19th, 2012
6:11 pm

It would be a good way for him to be forced out of the closet.

Clay Cannon

September 19th, 2012
7:49 pm

Heath Shuler was an elite athlete? Really?

mike

September 19th, 2012
7:52 pm

do we really care what the hell twebow does?

Life'sAItch-Bay

September 19th, 2012
8:05 pm

I am sorry but if YOU TRUELY WANTED TO HELP PEOPLE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE, you wouldn’t choose RUNNING FOR A PUBLIC OFFICE TO DO IT! There are VERY FEW people in public office that choose that route to actually help people. Right off the bat, I can only name two: Carter and Obama. EVERYONE ELSE IS POWER HUNGRY AND ARE SELF-SERVING THEIR OWN INTERESTS! Sorry Tebow, but how do you go from working in orphanages and being a missionary to public office???

Life'sAItch-Bay

September 19th, 2012
8:09 pm

Seriously, can you BREATHE that high up on that horse??

Life'sAItch-Bay

September 19th, 2012
8:11 pm

Mekin, I support Obama 100%…AND I OWN IT 100%…..Who cares what you paranoid right wing nutts label it…Better a socialist than a FACIST!

Life'sAItch-Bay

September 19th, 2012
8:15 pm

Texas Pete…Please define a “real Christian”….I would love to know because there are little to NONE Americans that qualifies.

Sam

September 19th, 2012
8:28 pm

Why not start with running for President. The one we have needs replacing quickly.

Andy

September 19th, 2012
8:29 pm

Worst President, as liars go it is a tie. Which Bush do you want?

Andy

September 19th, 2012
8:29 pm

Read my lips NO NEW TAXES—err check that

Prophet

September 19th, 2012
8:29 pm

this is the type of leadership need today, on and off the field. someone who is not afraid to get on their knees and pray (for anything). when this country was founded it it’s leaders were God fearing, the country was strong, great and prosperous. these people holding political offices these days aren’t leaders. they’re self servers. the issues have nothing to do with black/white, democrat/republician… all those are distractions and divisions for those who indulge in the mire of it are going the way of the world.

Bulldawg

September 19th, 2012
8:30 pm

Old Dawg, What is the name of your church. I haven’t heard his name mentioned in prayer in the churches I have attended. I may have been out that week but I’m not out much.

Andy

September 19th, 2012
8:30 pm

all of Conress needs to check whether they want their own agendas or what is best for the country..

Andy

September 19th, 2012
8:31 pm

And Congress should too..

Andy

September 19th, 2012
8:32 pm

I recall a United States motto. “In God We Trust” has something changed?