NFL quarterback Tim Tebow wants a career in politics once he is finished with football, he has said in an interview.
He told ESPN New York
that he will “at least look at and consider” a run for office.
“I haven’t ruled it out. Whatever avenue I feel like I can make a difference in, I’d love to do,” Tebow said.
Tebow became a phenomenon in the league last year when he steered the Denver Broncos to the playoffs by winning four consecutive games in the fourth quarter or overtime.
But he was dumped by the Broncos when they signed superstar Peyton Manning in the off-season, and has now ended up with the New York Jets where he has found himself in a backup roll to Mark Sanchez.
The Heisman Trophy winner’s devout Christian beliefs, and readiness to express them, have endeared him to many conservatives. He said in the interview that the first thing he does in the morning and last thing he does at night is “pray.”
“That's the best way to start your day and finish your day. It keeps everything in perspective.”
Tebow, 25, told interviewer Rich Cimini that a run for office is not “anytime soon in my future,” adding, “But it’ll be something I’ll at least look at and consider one day.”
He also said in the interview that he wanted to continue to do charity work through his foundation, “making a difference in people’s lives.”
“I look at that as what I want to do with my life,” he said. “I love doing it. I’m a natural for it.”
He said his proudest accomplishment is building a hospital in the Philippines where he was born. “Lord willing, it'll continue to help kids long after I'm gone,” he said.
“I want to help kids when I'm no longer here, when I'm dead and gone. I want to help kids when I don't have the energy and the time to help them, but somehow still find a way to make a difference. This hospital is one example of that,” he added.
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