In a world where heroes are people who throw touchdowns, and dunk basketballs, someone like him seems different, as he is seemingly a good and decent man, and what a real role model should be. One wonders if he can handle the scrutiny, possible lies, and the harshness of what the New York press can produce.
From a lifelong New Yorker who works with the media on a daily basis, 10 tips Tim Tebow should follow:
1. Remain strong, maintain your faith – Your belief in holiness and goodness is a clear message. Even with liberal media in this big city, heroes can be real. Keep your faith.
2. Be natural and real – There are many posers and characters in this great city – you may be young but you are loved and made it this far by being yourself.
3. The media are not your friends – Beware. Don’t trust them, for some will try to bring you down. They can and will try. They aren’t balanced, and they are biased.
4. Have a good media adviser – they matter, and look out for your interests. (The Jets will look out for their interests as your employer – it’s different than Team Tebow).
5. Don’t stay out too late, too often.
6. Do focus on your football (after all its what got you here) – everyone loves a winner
7. Follow Jeremy Lin’s advice: “Everyone gave me some advice. They said make sure not to read the papers.”
8. Beware of the big city
9. Continue to laugh, joke and smile – Laughter makes everything easier.
10. Don’t buy any bridges in Brooklyn; none are for sale.
As the ink dries, Tebow should begin to prepare himself for one of the toughest games he’s ever played — he is up against the New York media and its one hell of a game.
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