Yea, I said it. I like Tim Tebow. Sometimes you just can’t explain why you like people, and this may be one of those times. To top it off, I’m an Ohio State football fan. I should hate Tim Tebow, right? Wrong.

Let me tell you exactly why I like this guy. He seemingly is breaking the mold for how we expect high profile college football players to conduct themselves on and off the field. This guy is genuine, caring, humble and well-grounded, and talented; the whole package. I know! I couldn’t believe it either!

Tebow on the September 2008 cover

Tebow on the September 2008 cover

At first you think it’s all an act and that eventually he’s going to screw up and turn up being just another football player that you don’t expect that much of. After all our pessimistic society has taught us to believe that if something is too good to be true, it usually is. Not the case with Tim Tebow, who graces the cover of the September 2008 issue of Men’s Fitness Magazine.

To demonstrate why I admire this kid, check out this quote from a recent NY Times interview:

“If people don’t believe it, that’s fine. There’s always going to be naysayers, people that are going to say it’s fake. But that’s fine, because you can’t control everybody. But I can control what I do, my attitude, how I approach the situation.

How I approach the situation is I want to do everything in my power that football gives me to influence as many people as I can for the good, because that’s going to mean so much more when it’s all said and done than just playing football and winning championships.”

He spends his free time looking out for other people. He visits underprivileged children, hospitals, and prisons. He goes on mission trips. He takes his Christian faith extremley seriously. He made history as the 1st sophomore Heisman Trophy winner. And even though he has been known to rock a pair of Crocs from time to time, I still like him. He’s a great representative for not only NCAA athletics, but for the youth of this country. I wish more high profile kids were like him. He makes college football look sooo good.