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Over the course of the last five years, Tim Tebow established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football and a top prospect in the NFL. During that time he amassed an unparalleled resume—winning two BCS national championships, becoming the first sophomore in NCAA history to win the Heisman trophy, and in the face of massive public scrutiny, being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos.

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Overview

Over the course of the last five years, Tim Tebow established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football and a top prospect in the NFL. During that time he amassed an unparalleled resume—winning two BCS national championships, becoming the first sophomore in NCAA history to win the Heisman trophy, and in the face of massive public scrutiny, being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos.

Now, in Through My Eyes, Tebow brings readers everywhere an inspirational memoir about life as he chose to live it, revealing how his faith and family values, combined with his relentless will to succeed, have molded him into the person that he is today. As the son of Christian missionaries, Tebow has a unique story to tell—from the circumstances of his birth, to his home-schooled roots, to his record-setting collegiate football career with the Florida Gators and everything else that took place in between.

At every step, Tebow's life has defied convention and expectation. While aspects of his life have been well-documented, the stories have always been filtered through the opinions and words of others. Through My Eyes is his passionate, firsthand, never-before-told account of how it all really happened.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062007285
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 265,514
  • Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Tebow is one of the most accomplished players in college football history. A two-time winner of the NCAA National Football Championship with the University of Florida, Tim is also the first-ever sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. He then went on to become a two-time winner of the Maxwell Award for the nation's top football player, while also winning the Davey O'Brien Award for the nation's best college quarterback and the James E. Sullivan Award for the most outstanding amateur athlete in any sport. He is the founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation which was started to bring faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day in the darkest hour of need, and in April 2010, Tim was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He lives in Colorado.

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Through My Eyes


By Tim Tebow

HarperCollins

Copyright © 2011 Tim Tebow
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780062007285


Chapter One

HEADACHE
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
—Psalm 23:1

My head was killing me.
It had been a full day already, but as if that weren't enough, now
my head was splitting in two. The timing could have been better. I
was in New York City for the presentation of the Heisman Trophy
and I'd spent most of the day exploring New York with my family
and friends. But it had taken its toll. A migraine had set in; I guess the
travel and schedule had brought it on. I had been traveling non-stop,
it seemed, since the conclusion of the regular season a week earlier.
I had been blessed enough to win several awards already, including
the ones that I was the most proud of, several first-team Academic
All-American teams.
The ceremony took place on the periphery of Times Square, at the
Nokia Theater, as it was then called. There were about twenty of the
2,100 in attendance on December 10, 2008, who were pretty nervous
for me. Those twenty—my parents, siblings and spouses, close
friends, Coach Urban Meyer and Coach Mickey Marotti from the
University of Florida—had been on hand to support me throughout
the entire season, as always, in good times and bad.
Statistically, there had been more good than bad that season. I'd
thrown for over 2,500 yards with 28 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
I'd also rushed for 564 yards and had 12 touchdowns. But
more important, as a team, we'd seen far more good than bad as
well. We were 12–1 and had only had one close game in the last two
months—all of them wins.
Of course, Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford, both of whom were
invited by the Downtown Athletic Club and were seated beside me
on the front row, also had great seasons.
We hadn't played either team, yet. We would be facing Oklahoma
and Sam Bradford in the BCS National Championship game a month
after the ceremony.
Finally, the moment arrived, and none too soon. As the ceremony
unfolded, my head was hurting more and more, and I was feeling
nauseated.
The announcement came from the podium, in a moment that none
of us would ever forget.
"The Downtown Athletic Club presents the 2008 Heisman
Trophy to . . .
Sam Bradford, University of Oklahoma."
My phone began vibrating and wouldn't stop for hours. Texts
and voice mails from teammates and coaches, all to the effect that we
would take it to Oklahoma in the championship game. I wasn't paying
attention to the phone, though, as Sam accepted the award—the
pounding in my head had continued to intensify.
Finally, at a break, I headed out to the bathroom to run cold water
over my face. On the way, I passed Coach Meyer and Coach Marotti,
and I could feel the intensity of their disappointment and anger as I
approached. They were obviously biased in my favor, and were two
of my biggest advocates.
I caught their eye and mouthed two words.
"Game on."

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow Copyright © 2011 by Tim Tebow. Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Headache 1

Chapter 2 Given a Chance 3

Chapter 3 The Early Years 7

Chapter 4 Preparing a Foundation 19

Chapter 5 A Fair Farewell 37

Chapter 6 Overcoming 51

Chapter 7 Philippines, Football, Faith, and Otis 57

Chapter 8 Where to Go, Where to Go? 75

Chapter 9 Running Down a Dream 89

Chapter 10 Getting My Feet Wet in the Swamp 97

Chapter 11 Ending Up in the Desert 109

Chapter 12 Starting Over 123

Chapter 13 Communication Problems 135

Chapter 14 The Heisman 149

Chapter 15 Doing the Right Thing 165

Chapter 16 An Inauspicious Start 171

Chapter 17 The Promise 181

Chapter 18 A Promise Fulfilled 197

Chapter 19 Matching Their Intensity 209

Chapter 20 Finishing Strong 229

Chapter 21 The Draft, Denver, and an Eternal Direction 243

Afterword 255

Acknowledgments 259

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    God bless Tim Tebow!

    Book is awesome so far and just comes to show you that this guy is for real. It pains me to hear and see all these haters out there who do not know how to deal with somebody with such talent, faith and heart. Keep up the awesome work Tim and do not let anyone take your faith away from you! God bless!!

    49 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Dont hate on tebow!

    I am a christian and this book inspired me to live up to my full potental and give the glory to God through it. To all the haters: come on, hes a great person and a great athlete and just because hes chrisrian dont mean hes not totally awesome! Read it and be inspired!

    27 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

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    Good Read

    My copy arrived yesterday, and I finished it in the afternoon even though I had Uni in the morning.
    Good book, interesting writing style. Very raw and honest. Thank you.

    21 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    HONOR ON AND OFF THE FIELD

    "through my eyes" is very hard to put down. tim tebow has a very encouraging memoir were he shares his early years what it took to win the the heisman trophy as well as what it took to win 2 awsome bcs championships for the gators this is a wonderful book that shows how hard work and ethics and commitment to family and faith pays off in a young mans life. great to read about someone who is making a difference on a off the field who is a great roll model great gift idea for a friend or family member

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    NOT just a Gator/football book!

    Being of the Gator Nation, I of course love this book! I also had the pleasure of meeting Tim at one of his book signings and treasure the book even more. This book is so uplifting and isn't just about football or the Florida Gators. I think so many people would enjoy reading it and would get a lot out of it. This book truly shows that through hard work, faith and determination anything is possible. There have been so many days and situations that bring me back to something Tim said in the book and I'm thankful for that. Thank you Tim for all you do. God Bless & Go Gators!

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    I agree dave1985 public scools do cram athiasm down peoples throats i thank you for pointing this out because it is true. I am homeschooled and most of my friends are in public schools. I realy want to get this book it looks great. By the way, Tim Tebow rocks!

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Phenomenal

    After reading through the other reviews, I've got to agree with most of you. This book is amazing.

    I'm surprised by one of the other reviewer's comment when he said he felt like this book was "cramming religion down his throat." (As opposed to public schools that cram atheism down our throats these days) I'm sory, but anyone who has even the most passing knowledge of Tim Tebow knows that he's a man of great Faith, so it's no surprise that his book mentions his religion a great deal.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Recommended for everyone to read

    WOW! What a great book for anyone to read even if they are not into football or any other sport. Tim Tebow is a gentelman, with courage to show his faith and not ashamed of believing in God. Other athletes should follow his example and become more of a positive role model for all the younger generation to follow. If this would happen, just think how the sporting world could really make this world a better place to live and a world of peace.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    :(

    Tthe guy who said tim is full of himself is an idiot tim loves God in all that he does and has saved millions of people

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    A WOW book . . . inspirational values begin at home

    I've heard of Tebow but was never intrigued enough by him to read his book until the Broncos' unbelievable wild card overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. So much was written on his faith and character, I decided to purchase the book. Prior to reading, I perused several chapters and there was a definitive thread throughout the book which Tebow attributes everything he's learned to what his parents have taught him. It's not a novel idea that good parenting breeds good children, but in Tebow's case, it is truly profound. He sincerely applies what he's learned to his day to day life. Tebow has said how grateful he is that God has provided football to him as the platform to promote values leading to a chaste and charitable life . . . . this is an understatement. If the Broncos had not accomplished that incredible win with John 3:16 statistically present, I would never have known what a remarkable role model Tebow is. Hopefully others young and older reading his story in his own words, will be inspired to live the same way. With most of our tax revenues currently going to local law enforcement, how wonderful it would be if our kids could live as Tebow and shift those revenues into community services programs for a better world.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    A very motivating story

    Loved reading this book!!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    Amazing

    Very insperational

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Interesting, but...

    Although I'm not a fan of Tim Tebow I was interested in the phenomenon surrounding him, so I bought his book. It was interesting to read about his upbringing and how he got to where he is today in his football career. However, I thought he was very egotistical and full of himself. I didn't find that he really wrote much about God and religion, other than praying for and about games. To me, he came across as a person more concerned about winning than anything else. I get the impression that his parents encouraged him too much (basically saying that God wants winners) and didn't do enough to let him know enjoying being a kid was okay too.

    All in all, it was an okay book. It mostly went over his upbringing, how he got into football, and went over every college game in some detail. I thought I would come out with a positive opinion of him. Unfortunately, it was the opposite and although I wish him health and happiness, I don't see myself rooting for him due to the way he came across in this book.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Great+book

    This+is+a+great+book+also+a+must+read

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

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    Just cracked it open: good surprises already!

    Just picked up my copy! I can't wait to read it! However, I already love it, as it has an amazing surprise inside the dust jacket! :-) Loving all the verses at the beginning of each chapter too. So far they are all verses that he wore on his eyeblack during his junior and senior years as a Gator. Looking forward to reading the rest of the great book by this amazing man!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2011

    AWESOME

    This is the best book ever

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2012

    You are not going to want to miss this book! I am a school libr

    You are not going to want to miss this book! I am a school librarian and our kids have litterally loved this book. Its motivational message has stirred up some great, positive conversations about how the impact of Christianity mixed with a phenominal work ethic can help make this world a better place. It's good to have such a great role model for our kids. Don't we all want our kids to be as rock solid as Tebow? Don't we want our sports "heros" to send out a positive message to our children that there is joy in knowing a God who is good and faithful? Joy in life cannot be found in drugs and excess money or partying. Even if you don't believe in God as a higher power, Tebow's positive message can be used for the good for all!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    READ THIS from zach

    Tim tebow is one of the footnall because of his cristionanity
    not just because he is the best qourderback


    I think tibow is a great cristion man




    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    He's done it again

    Tim Tebow is the most inspirational person in the sports industry. His love for God has impacted me to set a better example for my influences and use my God-given talent to be a good influence as well. I recommend this book to anyone but especially to Filipino Christians. #FilipinosSupportTebow

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    2Much Hipe

    There are many other great books out there. I read with an open mind, but Tebow has really gone to far with his overun ego to think millions actually want to read about superman.

    4 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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