Tim Tebow is taking the term “beginner’s luck” to absurd new levels.
Tebow’s first real chance to be a starting NFL quarterback? He only led a floundering Denver Broncos team to a thrilling playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tebow’s first at-bat for the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies? Nothing to see here but a three-run home run in an eventual 6-0 team win.
A 3-run home run off the first pitch he saw in Double-A ball.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 6, 2018
And Tebow’s first marriage proposal? She said “yes.”
But to anyone who’s even remotely followed Tebow through his career, his athletic prowess isn’t exactly a surprise. And from all indications, Tebow can be a romantic, as well.
The fact that Tebow can excel in his first forays into sports or his love life makes sense.
What is far more unexpected is Tebow’s ability to succeed as … a filmmaker?
From all early indications, Tebow’s first attempt at producing a movie was clearly a passion project.
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) January 23, 2019
But would Tebow’s first foray into the movie business also be a successful project? Without question.
“In RUN THE RACE, two desperate brothers sacrifice today for a better tomorrow,” the film’s website reads. “Reeling from his mother’s death and his father’s abandonment, Zach, an All-State athlete, finds glory on the football field, working to earn a college scholarship and the brothers’ ticket out of town.”
It’s a classic underdog tale, but with a faith element that helps the film resonate especially well with much of its audience.
Clemson Tigers football coach Dabo Swinney, an outspoken Christian, saw the movie’s premiere and seemed genuinely moved by it.
“I think anybody who watches this movie will be really challenged,” Swinney said. “Because I think this movie portrays things that we all struggle with as human beings. It’s a message of hope, and a hope that comes from knowing Christ as your savior.”
Swinney wasn’t the only one moved by the film.
Saw the movie last night. Thank you for showing how in reality God loves us no matter what. His mercies are new every morning. Oh and I really enjoyed seeing Eddie George in Gator hear
— Maggie Lowe (@Maggs_Lowe) February 24, 2019
Just saw it! I loved it! Great movie and message.
— Lauren Tucker (@MammaTuck) February 24, 2019
Thank you for the inspiration! My sons (19, 17, & 7 years old) and myself were moved beyond words can express. We love you. Thank you for being all my boys role model! pic.twitter.com/le4TN0T8gb
— Laroco (@Laroco9) February 23, 2019
“Run the Race” debuted Friday in a limited number of theaters, and by all indications, it was a success at the box office as well.
The movie earned an estimated $2.3 million in just 853 theaters, according to Entertainment Weekly. For a movie operating with a fraction of the marketing budget that a Marvel Studios or Warner Bros. Studios film would have, those numbers are impressive.
Whether with the audience or at the box office, leave it to Tebow to hit a home run in his first swing at making a movie.
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