“The Superbowl Off The Field”

January 27, 2010

With just days till the 2010 Superbowl in Miami, the greatest competition may not be on the field but off the field. With much talk about the possible forthcoming Superbowl ad highlighting the story of Pam Tebow (Tim’s mother) and her decision not ot have an abortion versus having the child, TCC checked into her story and found some amazing character issues and core values at work.

Pam Tebow was serving with her husband, Bob, as a missionary to the Phillipines back in 1986. Somehow,  she contracted a disease called amoebic dysentery. This disease is usually caused by the intake of contaminated food or drink. This caused her to fall into a coma for a time. As she was being treated with strong antibiotics, doctors discovered she was pregnant. “[My husband] prayed for a son: Timothy. He came home and asked everyone to pray. Everyone prayed except me, because I already had four sons,” Pam Tebow jokingly shared at a recent gathering back in May of 2009. Once she found out she was pregnant, her doctor said that a healthy birth was nearly impossible. The doctors “didn’t think of it as a life; they thought of it as a mass of fetal tissue,” Pam said. They urged her to abort the baby, explaining that the strong medicines had caused irreversible damage. During this time, Pam nearly lost their baby four times but refused to consider the abortion. She recalled making a pledge to God and siding with her husband, ”If you will give us a son, we’ll name him ‘Timothy,’ and we’ll make him a preacher.” Even though the ad has not been shown as of the date of this posting, Tim is “preaching” today in doing this ad with his mother.

As a coach your character comes out of what you have been taught as well as what you have experienced.  TCC believes that Tim Tebow’s mother may be one of the greatest coaches of all time. She stated that, in homeschooling her children, one of her greatest goals in teaching them was to prepare them for handling disappointments. This is a definite goal of any coach. If your players can handle this issue, you have succeeded.

Tim also shares that he has been taught to lead with encouragement and not criticism. With all the furor and arguing over this one possible ad in the 2010 Superbowl, we are confronted not so much about what we believe about the abortion issue but as to what decision we will make in difficult times. It must be based upon what we believe even when we are deeply criticized for it. Character matters! Just ask Pam Tebow!


One man’s priority; Another man’s doubt

December 28, 2009

One of the greatest things about being a coach is when you can say that you have a higher priority than coaching itself. This week we have seen the ultimate move by the leader of one of our greatest athletic programs “lay it down” for faith, family and health. Even in changing one’s mind about the conditional apsects of this journey, one must believe that the character of a coach has to be part of this decision. Why would you step aside from all this success? Come on now, get real!!!!! Our culture doesn’t allow a man to do this unless he really does have a higher priority. There are those who will mock and say that there is another motive behind all this but if we take it for what it stands as, we must say that Florida  football as well as all of us have been given a great example in where one should keep their feet planted. It is amazing that trophies and success are important to today but one’s future will not depend on the glitter in the showcase or on the wall. Coach Meyer, The Coaches Channel applauds you for showing us what character means in helping to keep true to one’s convictions and walking  it out in your everyday life!

Benching a star player!!!!!!

December 3, 2009

I wonder what the difference is in benching a star college athlete for a DUI for the championship game and benching a NFL player for the super bowl. It cannot be age because both are of an age to get a DUI. It must be the money. I get it! College athletes are not paid! Right!!! Maybe keeping your job might have something to do with it as a NFL coach is more likely to lose it if he were to follow thru and discipline a player. If character matters then the level of the athletic playing field should not matter.

Tough Lessons for Pampered Athletes?

March 19, 2008

Billy Donovan with team in practice

I saw where Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan banned his players from the plush basketball facilities at the university and told them, in essence, that they had gotten the “big head” after winning two straight National championships and hadn’t put out the effort needed to be winners. He said they took life and their privileges for granted.

I like that, just the way I liked it when Middle Tennessee State University basketball coach Kermit Davis did about the same thing to his players earlier this season. He locked his team out of their pampered locker rooms for not playing with any effort. They were forced to change in and old equipment room that had no hangers, no lockers, and no plasma TV on the wall. They changed on chairs that they found in other rooms, and put their clothes in big trash bags, and did it for at least a week. The players I talked too said it really got their attention. They realized how fortunate they were to have their entire schooling paid for by scholarships and all the frills that go with that.

What do you know? They woke up and overachieved the rest of the season.

Nobody wants to play for a coach that degrades players, but a good coach will have the courage to teach tough life skills in the midst of adversity because he knows it’s for the good of his players, not just today, but for the rest of their lives.