NFL

Strawberry a great admirer of Tebow

Share This Story

Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner is a general assignment writer for FOXSports.com. Originally from Orlando, Fla., he previously covered the Orlando Magic for FOX Sports Florida and has also covered the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB playoffs. Follow him on Twitter.

MORE>>
   
 

The book on Tim Tebow is that he’s either derided or deified, depending on whom you ask, with very little middle ground to speak of.

Darryl Strawberry might not seem like the most likely candidate to canonize Tebow, what with his hard-partying, addiction-riddled past that seems at odds with Tebow’s message. But in an interview with USA Today, the former New York Mets and Yankees star reveals that he’s quite the admirer of the New England Patriots’ popular backup quarterback.

In fact, Strawberry, who is now an ordained minister, calls Tebow a “real man” and says he wishes he “could have been like a Gary Carter or a Tim Tebow when (he) was playing.”

"I look at Tebow. He gets bashed because of his faith. Let 'em laugh. Let 'em talk. He's a greater man than anyone who might be greater than him as an athlete. He's a real man,” Strawberry told the paper.

"He gets challenged about his faith all of the time, but he never wavers because of opinions, or what the media is writing about him. His reward later on in life is going to be even greater because he stood in the midst of everybody criticizing him being a Christian and playing sports at the same time.

"I admire him more than he could ever imagine."

NEED SOME? GET SOME

Feed your NFL addiction! Come feast on all the news in our updating blog.

Strawberry and Tebow don’t necessarily seem like kindred spirits. Strawberry was an eight-time All-Star despite an off-field lifestyle that could have easily derailed his dream, whereas Tebow can be pious to the point of overkill, but can’t catch a break on the field.

That said, Strawberry could do worse than looking up to Tebow, and it appears the two have more in common than we think.

Tagged: Patriots, Tim Tebow

More Stories From Sam Gardner

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by


NFL Videos

Best Person in Sports: Keenan Lewis Posted: Jul 15, 2014
Saints CB Keenan Lewis hosts a back-to-school event, giving children medical ser...

NFL Roundtable: New York Jets Posted: Jul 14, 2014
They're a team with plenty to prove and a roster of players primed to get it don...

NFL Roundtable: Detroit Lions Posted: Jul 11, 2014
A team with so many weapons, is this the season that the Lions put together and ...

More Than Sports on MSN