For all you young players who wonder what it takes to be successful I have two words for you…Tim Tebow.  Regardless of all the doubters, Tebow has practically willed himself to succeed throughout his entire football career and even his life for that matter!  Did you know that Tebow had an extremely difficult birth?  His mother, Pam Tebow, became ill with amoebic dysentery while pregnant with Tim, which is usually transmitted from contaminated drinking water. She fell into a temporary coma and received strong drugs to combat the infection. Those drugs resulted in severe placental abruption, in which the placenta detaches from the uterine wall. That condition can deprive the fetus of oxygen and other necessary elements.

Because they believed the baby would not survive, doctors recommended an abortion so that Pam Tebow’s life would not be risked. She refused the abortion because of her faith; she prayed that she and her husband would have a healthy son. Pam Tebow went to Manila, the Philippine capital, during her seventh month and remained under bed rest. On Aug. 14, 1987, she gave birth to Timothy Tebow. “We were concerned at first because he was so malnourished, but he definitely made up for it,” she said.

Tebow’s life, from the very moment he entered this world, has been full of challenges.  To say the least, he has overcome all obstacles to get where he is today.  He has been doubted at every level of football but he has persevered regardless.  A tireless work ethic (first one on the field, last one off the field), undaunted drive, and an extreme passion for the sport he loves have made him into one of the most renowned football players of our generation.

Taking that all into account, if you think success is difficult…you are correct!  Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy.  Sacrifices have to be made, hard work has to be endured, pain has to be overcome, and it all has to be done with a a great deal of passion if you expect to become the best!  Tim Tebow has set that precedent.

So, simply follow in the footsteps of someone who has been one of the most successful football players in recent memory, follow in the footsteps of Tim Tebow if you wanrt to shine this fall!

Coach Van Tassel

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