Even though former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is the co-host of the reality-competition show “Home Free,” airing Thursdays on Fox (9 p.m. ET/PT) — and appeared previously on “Lip Sync Battle” — that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s has given up on football.
Speaking on a conference call, he said:
I don’t know if you can draw any conclusions. I think you can just say that I’ve found a couple things that I really liked, and that’s what I’ve tried to do. I really enjoyed the Lip Sync Battle because it’s super fun, it’s outside my comfort zone. Then I wanted to do Home Free because I felt like it’s something that families in America can watch together. They can watch it, they can be entertained, but hopefully at the same time be inspired, and it’s something good that is uplifting for people to watch. I think that’s pretty cool.
Asked if the door is closed on football, Tebow said:
I think for me it’s just, you just wait. If God opens the right door, then you walk down it. If he doesn’t, then you just continue to find the right path that he has for you.
On “Home Free,” Tebow and contractor Mike Holmes (“Make It Right”) are guiding eleven contestants through the task of building an entire neighborhood, with the hopes of winning a dream home for their personal heroes — and $100,000 for themselves. Each time someone is eliminated, they get to give the home they built to their hero, but the longer they stay in the game, the bigger and better the homes get.
At the same time, the have to compete in “Drill Down Challenges” that test their skills and teamwork abilities.
As the son of the missionaries, and through his own Tim Tebow Foundation, the publicly Christian athlete has long been involved in charity work, and he sees “Home Free” as an extension of that.
This show promotes to young people, and even not-so-young people, is that it is such a blessing to be able to help other people, and sacrifice for other people. Whether it’s your money, your time, your energy, your effort, whatever it is, it’s worth it, and it’s not just worth it when they return—they give you a home in return, but it’s worth it because of the lives that you’re able to change.
I think that’s something that I’ve really learned through a lot of the work that we do at the Tim Tebow Foundation, and the work that I’ve done in Third World countries. I think it’s also just as important to be able to do it here, in our own communities, and our own homes, because people need help, and they need hope. Sometimes that’s as little as a hug, and sometimes it can be as much as giving away a home, but I just think it’s so important. I think to be able to tell that story and have people see that, I think it’s good, especially in a day and age when it can be so much about me, me, me, and how can I get mine, where this show is totally about helping other people and that’s really cool.
Tebow also enjoys reminding people that there are good folks, even heroes, everywhere, not just in superhero comics and movies.
There are a lot of heroes walking around amongst us, and so many times they don’t get thanked. They don’t get supported, and what they do goes unnoticed. I think that this show really tries to thank them, and say, we appreciate what you’ve done, and the sacrifice. That might be someone just helping cancer patients get out of bed every day and go for a walk, and encourage them, or it could be our military saving people on the battlefield. There’s such a wide spectrum, but I think we have heroes every single day and it’s important to say thank you. This show does that.
Amen to that.
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