Knowing that now, it should be no surprise that I grabbed Tebow's book as soon as I could. I finally got around to reading it on Friday and finished it Sunday after the Mavericks beat up on the Heat for the NBA Championship. (I realize that has nothing to do with a book review, but I couldn't reminding the Heat . . . )
The book was great. I will be honest and say that if you're not into football, it'll be a difficult read. Tebow starts with his birth in the Philippines and works his way through his life all the way to this NFL offseason as a Denver Bronco (which I'm not a huge fan of as well). Tebow talks in detail about the decision his parents and in particular his mom made not to abort him even though the doctors were telling here she would lose her life if she gave birth to him and that he would probably die to shortly after birth. He talks about his faith and the moment he accepted Christ in his heart. He talks in detail about his family and siblings, especially his brothers. Tebow has done a lot of mission work in the Philippines with his family who started an orphanage in the country. He deals some with a "love life." He does talk about his non-profit foundation established to help children and he talks about the individuals involved in it, i.e. Phil Mickelson.
But the greatest part of the book deals with his football career in high school and Florida. Many people don't know that Tebow was almost a Crimson Tide QB. He admits to not making a decision between Alabama and Florida until about 30 minutes before he announced it at a press conference. Almost all of his family had graduated from Florida and he grew up in Jacksonville a Gator fan so that was the natural choice. But Tebow admits he was blown away with the Crimson Tide fans, the football history, Coach Mike Schula, and Tuscaloosa. But his family ties and a new growing relationship with Coach Urban Meyer helped seal the deal. Tebow says he has never regretted his decision.
Tebow talks about many of his games throughout all four seasons at Florida and reveals several injuries he played with that wasn't publicized. He talked about the famous GA-FL game where the Bulldogs all piled in the end zone and celebrated drawing several penalties after a first quarter TD. He reveals the hatred and pounding he, his family, and his teammates took at the hands of the LSU faithful, and the respect and admiration he has for Auburn football. He mentions Cam Newton in a very positive light in his book as Newton was actually a Florida Gator to begin with and a teammate of Tebow's. He also talks about the grinding workout regiments he put himself through along with other teammates. The guy has to be made of rock by this point . . .
Tebow walks the reader through the Heisman winning and follow up trips to New York for the ceremony. He speaks very highly of former Crimson Tide RB Mark Ingram who he and his brothers hung out with in New York City when Ingram won the Heisman. Ingram had no family with him for the ceremony so the Tebow's adopted him for the week. Tebow also proudly talks about his one and only personal foul penalty he received during his senior year when he "Gator chomped" an Alabama defensive lineman after he ran him over on a run. This was the same lineman who before had gouged at him in a pile.
He speaks about the draft process and being picked by the Denver Broncos and his excitement about still wearing blue and orange.
All in all, it was a great book especially if you're a Tebow and a football fan. If you're not either, you may not enjoy it. I still recommend it as Tebow deals with his faith a lot and his commitment to that faith and a spirit of excellence is inspiring to say the least.