I remind myself all the time to stay humble. I’m not going to change because of all this (attention). I’m just not going to do it.
―St. Petersburg Times online, December 9, 2005
Tebow said this as he was finishing his senior year of high school. He was experiencing major attention from the media and college football programs, having set numerous records and won several awards—he was named Florida’s player of the year in 2004 and 2005. The ESPN documentary about him would air within a week of this interview.
Despite going on to even greater football success and media attention in college and the NFL, Tebow has stayed true to his early commitment to humility. He doesn’t brag, preferring to praise his teammates and coaches rather than discuss himself.
A story he often tells sheds light on the source of his humility.
When Tebow was a boy and he and his older brothers began experiencing athletic success, their parents instituted a humility rule: the boys could not talk about how well they played in a game unless first asked about it by someone else. Tebow says it was a great lesson in learning to not be so quick to talk about himself.