Tim Tebow spoke in front of 26,000 people at a Father's Day service for Shadow Mountain Community Church at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday and revealed his father instilled the core values in his son by using the film "Braveheart" as a guide.
The New York Jets quarterback told the crowd how his father, Bob, used the lifelong values reflected in Mel Gibson's portrayal of William Wallace as his inspiration. Tebow paid tribute to his father— who was not at the sermon— by recalling his first viewing of the violent Academy Award winning film with the uplifting message.
"It had the biggest impact on my life because every time I would go to practice from then on out, I would think of what my father said to me: 'Do I really love what I'm doing? Am I passionate about it? And am I willing to sacrifice more than anybody else?'," Tebow told the crowd what he learned from his favorite movie.
The last time Tebow appeared in Qualcomm stadium, he led the Denver Broncos to a heartbreaking overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers last November. The home town fans seemed to put the loss behind them by cheering and shaking Tebow's hand after the sermon.
"It feels really good to get an applause in this stadium," Tebow said. "It's never happened before."
Mix a Scottish rebel with a little Tony Robbins and you get Tim Tebow.
Give me the strength to die well!