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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

Why Would Star Athlete Tim Tebow Want to be in the Movie Biz?

The outspoken Christian, and executive producer of "Run the Race," shares a surprising answer on national television.

Tim Tebow with Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee Gifford on NBC's Today Show. Image from the Today Show website.

A Heisman Trophy winner and college football national champion, Tim Tebow has played quarterback in the NFL, is now playing professional baseball in the New York Mets' farm system and recently got engaged to a former Miss Universe. In a word, the young man has accomplished more by the age of 31 than most of us would in several lifetimes.

So why did he want to get into movies? He answered that question this morning on the Today Show, saying, "I didn't. I really didn't." Huh? Then how did it come to be? Tebow says the script for Run the Race touched his heart so deeply that he cried the first time he read it. And then this happened:

"I shared it with friends and family: they cried. Then I took it with me on a missions trip to the Philippines and read it again and cried again."

And that was that: Tim and his brother Robby Tebow both came aboard as executive producers.

This Chris Dowling-directed picture, written by Jake McEntire, stars Tanner Stine and Evan Hofer as brothers who lose their mother and are abandoned by their father. They use their athletic ability to get out of their tough circumstances. One of them has faith and the other is searching for it, and, according to Tim Tebow, both brothers confront issues common to all of us.

"I just believe we're here on earth for community and relationship with God and with each other. And that's so important. And learning how to accept forgiveness and give forgiveness is so important."

In addition to discussing the movie, Tebow spoke at length about his recent engagement to 2017 Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. You can watch the entire interview via this Today Show link. As for Run the Race, it's due to hit theaters on February 22nd.


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