Written by Jeff Archer
Even people who don’t follow football have heard of Tim Tebow. For one thing, he’s famous for dropping to one knee on the football field and praying. It’s now called Tebowing. But who is the man behind the quarterback? This volume of the “Amazing Athletes” series attempts to answer that question.
Born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at the age of three, he returned to Asia with his family each summer to work at the orphanage they started. He is known for being home schooled. Despite that, he was allowed to participate in team sports at the local high school, where he was a fantastic player. He worked so hard that his college strength coach limited the amount of weight lifting he was allowed to do. He was the first college sophomore ever to win the Heisman Trophy. When he entered the National Football League (NFL), he was one of the first to point out that he had a lot to learn from the more experienced players. He tries to give back to the fans in many ways. His religious faith is very important to him.
The photographs used are lively, colorful, and informative. In the best tradition of nonfiction literature, the table of contents, timeline, glossary, further reading and websites page, and index provide great support for the text. Football fans in the third grade will learn a lot about what it takes to be a stand out in sports. Reading activities could include learning more about football, watching or playing a game, or calculating and depicting the various records in the NFL.