Sometimes with humor, sometimes with evangelistic fervor, Tim Tebow delighted a large Brownwood Coliseum crowd Thursday with a mix of sports and scripture at the Central Texas Pregnancy Care Center’s biennial banquet.
The banquet is the Pregnancy Care Center’s main fund-raising event.
Tebow, 29, hardly needed an introduction, but he got a long one that gave the familiar highlights including: Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Florida, former NFL quarterback, sports analyst and now a baseball player.
“I’m here because someone decided to give me a chance,” said Tebow, referring to his mother, Pam, who rejected doctors’ advice that she have an abortion while pregnant with Tim.
Tebow repeated the story that’s familiar to many: he was born in the Philippines to Baptist missionaries. Health issues prompted doctors to recommend abortion for Pam Tebow, who decided to trust God, Tebow said.
Tebow told humorous stories about growing up as the youngest of five siblings in an extremely competitive family, starting sports at an early age and determined to win at any cost.
Tebow became serious as he referred to scriptures including the gospel story of Jesus taking a boy’s meager lunch and multiplying it to feed thousands.
“When we give all that we have for Jesus, it’s always going to be more than enough,” Tebow said. “God says ‘give what you have and watch what I do.’”
Tebow said he knew at an early age he wanted to “fight for people who can’t fight for themselves. … we have the opportunity to give a lot of people a chance.”
Tebow told of the work of the Tim Tebow Foundation and told stories of his encounters with people on foreign mission trips and on death row in a Florida prison.
“I encourage you — decide to step up,” Tebow said.
Earlier in the banquet, Tebow sat next to radio personality Dallas Huston, who interviewed Tebow. Huston asked Tebow questions about topics ranging from his faith to “what’s Tom Brady really like?”
The New England Patriots iconic quarterback, Tebow said, is a nice guy who is extremely focused and disciplined.