When former NFL star Tim Tebow stepped up to the microphone at a high school sports awards ceremony on Monday night, he delivered a powerful message to the youths in attendance, telling them to use their sports platforms for a greater purpose than mere athletics.
"Focus on who you can be, and allow the platform that sport gives you to impact other people," Tebow said during his guest speech at The Greenville News’ Upstate Sports Awards at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina. "You are changing other people’s lives for better or worse, every day."
He continued, "Be bigger than sports. Don’t just be an athlete – be more than an athlete."
Football player Tim Tebow recently had a powerful message for young people. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Tebow, who is known for candidly speaking about his Christian faith, encouraged young athletes to be sure to remember the importance of doing good. Real success, he said, comes from helping others.
"You only have so many games, so many opportunities to win a championship. Your career is short, but your life is going to be a lot longer," he continued, according to the Greenville Times. "I’ve been fortunate to be part of championships. They don’t last forever, but what you do for other people will."
Tebow — a Heisman Trophy winner who played for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets — has consistently put this advice into action, as he's the founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation, an organization that seeks to "bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need," and is known for helping those in need.
As TheBlaze has documented over the years, Tebow has also made is no secret where he stands on the faith front, with the former football player telling "Good Morning America" during a 2012 interview, "It’s pretty easy for me to say that the most important thing in my life is my relationship with Jesus Christ, followed by my relationship with family."
He became known throughout his career for praying on the field and for routinely sharing his biblical perspective.
(H/T: Greenville Times)
Follow the author of this story on Twitter and Facebook and check out his new book “The Armageddon Code: One Journalist's Quest for End-Times Answers”: