TAKE A KNEE: Tebowing sweeps the nation
By ANN WRIGHT
He gets blitzed. He gets sacked. We have no idea what he’s going to throw or not throw next ... but we know this:
And we go WILD and start taking pictures of each other Tebowing.
And we go online, post our .jpegs and look at photos other people snapped of other people Tebowing.
We don’t care who else knelt and prayed on a sideline before Denver Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow was even born.
This is fun, pure and ridiculous.
We love Tebow. We love Tebowing.
Jared Kleinstein, Tebowing.com founder, told The Wall Street Journal blogger Ben Cohen in an October interview that he set up the website after watching one of Tebow’s fourth-quarter comebacks.
“Everybody was jumping up and down, and we noticed Tebow Tebowing,” Kleinstein told Cohen, describing the quarterback’s oft seen pose in prayer.
And since the October week when Kleinstein set up his site, the world has become Tebowing crazy.
Fans began photographing themselves Tebowing and posting them to the Tebowing.com, Facebook and Twitter.
Tebowing babies. Tebowing pancakes. Tebowing on top of a horse, on a telephone pole, underwater.
Group Tebowing. Landmark Tebowing.
Celebrity — Santa Claus, Boomer Esiason, Dwight Howard — Tebowing.
“My first reaction to it was, I was offended by it as a Christian,” said Tebow fan Travis Freese of Grand Junction.
He thought it was just another way of mocking Christians.
But he soon realized it’s not. “Even Tebow himself thinks it’s funny,” Freese said. “It’s more along the lines of fun and games.”
The 29-year-old fourth-grade teacher began following Tebow when the quarterback was a sophomore at the University of Florida.
Freese liked that Tebow wasn’t a “conventional quarterback. He was a quarterback slash running back.”
He also liked what he saw of Tebow as a Christian who is outgoing about his faith during interviews and put Bible references on his eye black. “He kind of started to form as a role model for me and for others around me,” Freese said.
When Freese learned that Tebow was drafted by the Broncos, he was “absolutely pumped about it.”
“There’s something about him the media and a lot of people are fascinated by,” Freese said. “Many don’t like him, but for not liking the guy, they sure do talk about the guy quite a bit.”
It’s his faith or it’s his play. There’s been plenty of analysis of both.
“He’s not going to throw for 300 yards, but there’s something about the guy and he gets wins. ... I didn’t know there were rules on winning the correct way,” Freese said. “The guy won two (NCAA) national championships and a Heisman Trophy at Florida, and he can’t play?”
For some reason, it’s easy to get fired up about Tebow.
“I think he likes it when people tell him he can’t do something,” Freese said.
In fact, on http://www.timtebow.com, Tebow states, “I’ve lived my life by this quote since I was 6 years old: ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.’ — Tim Notke.”
With that ethic, Tebow is unlikely to turn tail on the NFL or Tebowing.
So get out the camera, and get on your knee. Tebowing has just gotten started.