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By Ryan Wilson
Tim Tebow is 24 years old, a former Heisman Trophy winner, a starting NFL quarterback and outside of Madonna, probably the biggest celebrity in Indianapolis this week. On Saturday night, he won the the GMAC Never Say Never Award for his game-winning touchdown run against the Jets during the regular season. But Tebow is more than a football player. He's deeply religious and his foundation's initiatives include building a hospital in the Philippines and granting wishes to terminally ill patients.
So it should come as no surprise that after Tebow's football career is over he may pursue other endeavors. Likes, say, politics.
"It could be something in my future," Tebow told David Feherty during an interview on Feherty Live. "It's something I'll have to think about and if I pray about, you know, I have no idea right now. But possibly."
Political offices at the local, state and federal levels are littered with former athletes. But nobody anywhere has Tebow's charisma. That said, once you get past the winning smile and sunny disposition, there are the issues.
Tebow, an evangelical Christian, appeared with his mother in a pro-life commercial during the Super Bowl two years ago. Needless to say, the ad was divisive. He would have very little trouble energizing a flaccid Republican base, but winning national elections are all about appealing to moderates in both parties. It's not clear Tebow could -- or would -- do that. (Such concerns would be less an issue if he ran for a senate seat in a conservative state.)
But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves; Tebow told Feherty that "I have no idea right now." But while he prays about his future, some Republican candidates are already counting on Tebow's endorsement. That's something Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin might want to look into, too.
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