When asked how he is able to block out the naysayers in his career in an interview yesterday, former college football Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow responded that he’s had a lot of practice and further stated that “what God says about me” is what defines him.
“[R]egardless of what everyone here says about me, that doesn’t define me,” stated Tim Tebow during an interview. “And I’m so grateful that doesn’t define me. There’s one thing that defines me, and that’s what God says about me.”
The interview came after Tim Tebow and the New York Mets Triple-A Syracuse affiliate this week drew a “crowd of only 1,200” on Tuesday, according to ESPN, “on a chilly afternoon in upstate New York, where Tebow arrived at the ballpark at 8 a.m. -- five hours before the scheduled 1:05 p.m. first pitch -- to lift weights, study video, take indoor batting practice, review scouting reports, conduct a team Bible study and talk a little football with his new Syracuse Mets manager.” It was reported that Tebow would be called up to Triple-A Syracuse back in Nov. 2018, Mike Golic saying, ““Good for Tim and the opportunity he’s going to get.”
Tebow, responding to how he handles naysayers, suggested that it’s about keeping perspective and “not letting other people define you because they sure do want to.” Tebow says he tries to encourage young people to “not let the world or other people, outside sources, define you.”
Below is a transcript of Tim Tebow’s comments regarding how he handles naysayers:
“[Y]ou’re always going to have critics and naysayers, and people that are going to tell you that you won’t, that you can’t, that you shouldn’t. Most of those people are the people that didn’t, that wouldn’t, that couldn’t.
“And don’t be defined by outside sources. You go after your dreams.
“Succeeding or failing is not making it to the bigs or it’s not necessarily fulfilling that, it’s having to not live with the regret because I didn’t try.
“And you know, I just feel for all the young people out there that don’t go after something because they’re so afraid of failing that you’re going to live with a lot more regret than you would have if you tried and you failed. And I’m very passionate about that.
“And I think the reason that a lot of people don’t go after things is because how much you will be criticized. And what if I fall flat on my face? And so, fear and doubt and all these things creep in, and I just don’t believe that’s the healthiest way to live. I don’t want to have to live with fear or doubt every day.
“And you know, regardless of what everyone here says about me, that doesn’t define me. And I’m so grateful that doesn’t define me. There’s one thing that defines me, and that’s what God says about me.”