Tim Tebow has gone from football star to full-fledged sensation in the two months since he was named starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos. The second-year pro has led his team to six straight wins heading into Sunday afternoon’s much-hyped matchup against the New England Patriots. Tebow’s come-from-behind victories – and his polarizing public displays of religion – have catapulted him into the media spotlight.
The 24-year-old has become a constant topic of debate – and a ratings draw – on ESPN. He’s landed the cover of the inaugural issue of the NFL’s official magazine. And “Tebowing” – “to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different” – has become a pop-culture trend, spurred along by a Tumblr blog dedicated to people striking the pose.
The Tebow phenomenon has even extended into the political realm. In Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate in Iowa, Texas Gov. Rick Perry compared himself to the Broncos’ sudden superstar. “There are people that stood up and said, ‘Well, he doesn’t have the right throwing mechanisms, or he doesn’t — you know, he’s not playing the game right,’” Perry said. “You know, he won two national championships, and that looked pretty good. We’re the national champions in job creation back in Texas. But am I ready for the next level? Let me tell you – I hope I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses.”
Here, a by the numbers look at the Tebow tumult:
- Rick Perry: ‘I Hope I Am The Tim Tebow Of The Iowa Caucuses’ (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)