It's long been known that Tim Tebow's impact is not just limited to his achievements on the gridiron, and now TIME Magazine has revealed just how powerful it views the New York Jets quarterback's celebrity compared to the rest of the world's notable figures.
TIME on Tuesday listed Tebow among its 100 Most Influential People in the World. Tebow was the only football player listed, and he was joined by five other sports figures, including New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.
This is not the first time Tebow and Lin have been linked together. Lin said in February that he draws inspiration from Tebow, a fellow devout Christian, and it was Lin who wrote Tebow's passage in the magazine.
"Watching Tim Tebow play football, you can observe many things about his character. You see his fierce competitiveness, his strong work ethic and how he is a leader that his teammates trust and respect," Lin wrote.
"But it is the qualities that Tim, 24, embodies in his life off the field that truly set him apart. He is unashamed of his convictions and faith, and he lives a life that consistently reflects his values, day in and day out. Through his foundation, he constantly reaches out to people and communities in need of hope. He realizes what he has been blessed with and seeks to help those who are worse off. As athletes, we pour our hearts into winning games. Tim is a reminder that life is about much more than that."