Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tim Tebow Adds to His Collection of Honors

A Heisman Trophy, two SEC titles, two national titles, a couple of Maxwell awards, a Davey O'Brien award and now this: Tim Tebow has been named the co-chair of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness by Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

The honor was announced in a press release from the Governor's office on Wednesday.

According to the press release, Gov. Crist had this to say of Tebow:

“Tim Tebow’s leadership and servanthood both on and off the field make him an ideal candidate to serve as co-chair of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. Tim is a true role model who consistently demonstrates the fitness and healthy living characteristics the council is responsible for promoting.”

Tebow will serve as co-chair alongside former Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks and Olympic gold medal gymnast, Shannon Miller.

According to the press release:

"The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness was originally established in May 2007 by Executive Order 07-52 to promote health and wellness in the state through development of a plan of action to increase physical fitness through regular exercise and sound nutrition practices among Floridians of all ages and to reduce the rate of obesity resulting in chronic illnesses."

Aside from Tebow, Brooks and Miller, several other athletes are members of the council, including Shaq, surfer Kelly Slater, Bucs running back Warrick Dunn, Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, and Olympic gold medal tennis player Jennifer Capriati.

By the way, as co-chair, yes, that means Tebow has authority over one of the greatest NBA players ever, some Olympic medalists and a two-time World Series champion, for what it's worth. Whatever authority that may be, it's authority off the playing field nonetheless.

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