Tim Tebow Says No To Playboy

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I never even knew that players had the opportunity to turn down a Preseason All-American honor from a magazine, but then again...Superman wears Tim Tebow pajamas. According to Florida Today, the quarterback apparently told his SID not to even nominate him for the skin mag's team....

Tebow, who will attend photo shoots today for magazine covers in Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News before attending the SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., on Wednesday, is vocal about his deep religious convictions. His father, Bob, is a missionary. Tebow feels it could also be his calling in life, after his football career is over.

Gary Cole, senior vice president and photographer director of Playboy, e-mailed and talked with Higbee on the phone about the decision not to nominate the Gator star.

"I spoke with Gary Cole and we're on the same page," Higbee said.

Cole said some athletes turn down the invitation to attend the Playboy function in Phoenix honoring the team, and a photo shoot, because they don't know all the facts.

"I don't hate it when someone has all the facts, understands what our weekend and our history is and then chooses not to attend,'' Cole told Florida Today. "I do hate it when someone bases their choice on false or incomplete information. . . . The weekend (in Phoenix) is completely wholesome. I have always brought my children whether they were one or 16 years old. It's a really special few days when these fellows get the opportunity to meet each other and spend a little time together. Friendships are formed at these weekends that last a lifetime.''
I like that friendships line at the end. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, much like that magazine did when I was younger. That damn preseason All-American team was always getting into to my smut. It seemed/seems like a honor to be named in the magazine, and the poll is actually well respected, but I guess Tebow would be rather known for circumcising infants in the Philippines and tossing the pigskin around Congress. Good for him.

Playboy gets a 'no' from Tebow (Florida Today)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 9:54 AM

22 Comments:

Let the similarities to Danny Wuerfuel begin. They'll both have the same NFL carrer and then they can go save the world.

Drew S said...
Jul 22, 2008, 10:20:00 AM  

The Playboy guy is full of it. So what if the weekend and photo shoot "wholesome" and a great time. It still has the Playboy label on it and everyone knows what that means. Tebow is standing up for his convictions and should be commended.

Anonymous said...
Jul 22, 2008, 10:22:00 AM  

Gary Cole as in Bill Lumbergh and Harvey Birdman? Is there anything that man CANT do?

Mike Georger said...
Jul 22, 2008, 10:26:00 AM  

Here, here, Drew. So I guess when an athlete gets himself in trouble he's vilified, and now if he chooses to adhere to his convictions and morality he's vilified.

Sometimes Buzz Bissinger has a point.

Steve said...
Jul 22, 2008, 10:30:00 AM  

Touching little boy's penises = OK
Acknowledging Playboy = Satanic

GMoney said...
Jul 22, 2008, 10:33:00 AM  

I swear you people read what you want to read. Who is vilifying him?

Jul 22, 2008, 11:10:00 AM  

Same old, same old with athletes' religion and the media. They wrap themselves around God and everyone thinks that that makes them "good" and "moral"...just like those good, moral people who led our country for the last 7+ years. I'm not saying Tebow or anyone else is NOT good or moral (very subjective anyway) because of their religion, but to imply the positive is simply naive. There actually was a good "Outside the Lines" with one of the guests, a former player (can't remember who), who said that his teammates brought up Christianity and faith because it enhanced their public reputation. They gave themselves more leeway to be jerks in negotiations or a longer rope in case they ran afoul of the law. A lot of times, this is just the media running a warm and fuzzy story to Middle America who equates "Christian" with "moral." Players and their reps are onto it. I hope Tebow is sincere and not just crafting his image.

Anonymous said...
Jul 22, 2008, 11:24:00 AM  

Wasn't it Dwight Howard who wanted the NBA to add a cross to it's logo? Then we found out that he knocked up a cheerleader and all that "good Christian" talk went away?

Anyway, it happens.

Tebow isn't the first to refuse Playboy, he's just the first to do since ESPN became a gossip channel and totally sold out to the cult of personality and celebrity.

Way back in the late 70's when Lou Holtz was at Arkansas a couple of his players turned down Playboy All-America honors. Most people blamed it on Holtz, saying he wouldn't let them, but that isn't true. They didn't want it and he took the hit (or publicity depending on your opinion of Holtz) for them.

Jay said...
Jul 22, 2008, 11:37:00 AM  

Tim Tebow only likes clothed boobies..the bare ones scare him....

Anonymous said...
Jul 22, 2008, 11:47:00 AM  

Anon:

Way to use your political bias to trivialize a college football players religious beliefs.

If Tebow doesn't want to be named in Playboy, that's his right and choice. His rationale is none of our business.

Monty said...
Jul 22, 2008, 11:50:00 AM  

OU's Tommie Harris did the same thing back in 2003.

Anonymous said...
Jul 22, 2008, 11:53:00 AM  

monty:

Way to not read.

Anonymous said...
Jul 22, 2008, 11:54:00 AM  

Minnesota's Ben Hamilton did the same in 2000.

Anonymous said...
Jul 22, 2008, 12:04:00 PM  

And then left three schools in trouble with the NCAA. Holtz is a saint.

Anonymous said...
Jul 22, 2008, 12:05:00 PM  

This site should be renamed "Awful Announcing and Religion in Sports". How does this apply to announcing? I could be mistaken but this isn't the first time I've seen an article like this on the site.

Anonymous said...
Jul 22, 2008, 12:52:00 PM  

Chase Daniel needs to send Tebow a thank you note for securing him a spot at the Playboy party...

Mark said...
Jul 22, 2008, 12:57:00 PM  

AA talks about sports magazines, playboy's all american team certainly qualifies as falling under that. hell he ran a piece on espn the magazine last week. i think awful announcing covers awful sports media in general

Mike Georger said...
Jul 22, 2008, 2:07:00 PM  

Well played, Anonymous. Well played.

But are you really suggesting that you didn't invoke politics in comparison to Tim Tebow?

Monty said...
Jul 22, 2008, 4:02:00 PM  

Tebow= NFL bust

Anonymous said...
Jul 22, 2008, 10:05:00 PM  

Geez, people, get off your soapboxes.

I can't believe it's taken 20 comments for someone to take a Tebow + Playboy post and mention how nice it would be to see the massive juggs of Tebow's arm candy.

Anonymous said...
Jul 23, 2008, 10:17:00 AM  

David Pollack did the same thing when he was at Georgia a few years ago. Some guys just want to keep their image as clean as possible.

Anonymous said...
Aug 25, 2008, 1:31:00 PM  

AMEN!,AMEN!,finally a young person who has morals and convictions in this day and age.I thought we had no decent young people left,I have been proven wrong.

jay f jay said...
Aug 26, 2008, 12:48:00 AM  

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