With that said, I don't like him. Even if he had played for Georgia, I would have found him hard to stomach, as a news story. Of course, if he'd played for Georgia, he might just be another pretty good TE to have come out of Athens, but I digress. The reason?
His efforts come across as phony and for a particular effect. The constant hypeing by ESPN, other media, and Thom Brennaman don't help.
If you want to see what someone who does things to help people because he wants to help, not because there is a media bump for it, but because he wants to help people, go see this. Memphis' QB, Jacob Karam, has been going to St. Jude in Memphis and just doing whatever. Moving boxes. Sitting with families. Playing the piano so child leukemia patients and their families can have a few fleeting minutes of joy.
Everyday Superman stuff.
I know there are things Tim Tebow cannot help. He can't help ESPN and others doing what they do. His family and his media people can. Jacob Karam, however, doesn't have a compelling back story. He didn't get home schooled. His father didn't do high visibility mission work. He isn't a charismatic blue eyed kid. He wasn't born of a seeming miracle.
Yet, Jacob Karam is doing it right. And for the right reasons. I'm not saying Tim Tebow is doing things for the wrong reasons. I'm sure its possible I'd like Tim Tebow the person, with the glaring exception of his college choice. Tim Tebow, the persona, is wholly unlikable.