Review – Tim Tebow: Everything in Between

It is not often we get the chance to do entertainment reviews, though we always appreciate the opportunity. So when I found out that ESPN had chosen to send me a rough cut of Tim Tebow: Everything in Between (debuting on the network on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.), I was psyched to view it before the general public and review it for you.

With a four-minute trailer for the then-unsold film released in September by Fiction and XV Enterprises, I knew going into my viewing that the movie began after the conclusion of the 2010 Sugar Bowl and lasted until Tebow had his name called with the No. 25 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft just over three months later.

What I did not anticipate, however, was how comprehensive, expertly produced and well-edited the film would be. Two things I look for in any production – documentaries especially – are their ability to capture my attention and then whether or not they can hold that attention for their duration. Chase Heavener gives the viewer a brief yet broad behind-the-scenes look at the process Tebow went through to make the transition from Florida Gators legend to legitimate NFL prospect.

The viewer has the opportunity to see Tebow do everything from participating in interviews with Sports Illustrated and ESPN to conducting one of his own with his future agent Jimmy Sexton in a board room at the University of Florida.

“All this looks really good and is really fancy and is really nice. And ya’ll speak really well. But a lot of people around the country either believe in me or don’t believe in me. Or they say I can do this and I can’t do this,” Tebow says while fidgeting with a packet of information after listening to Sexton’s best sales pitch. “If you want to draft me then draft me. If you want to recruit me or you think I can be a quarterback, then I will be. If not, then don’t talk to me because I want somebody that wants me. And I want an agent that wants me and believes that I am going to be a quarterback and believes that I am going to be good at what I do. And why do you think I will be?”

From there the documentary takes you to D1 Sports Training in Nashville, TN, where Tebow threw so many passes while working on adjusting his mechanics that the gloves he was wearing were literally torn apart. The viewer observes as he struggles mightily at the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl and is pummeled with criticism from analysts including ESPN’s Todd McShay, who is portrayed throughout the film as the antagonist for Tebow’s protagonist.

Both his physical and mental toughness are tested continuously throughout his journey. Tebow trucks on through an infection during the Senior Bowl even finding humor when a doctor feeding a tube down his nose asks if it has even been broken. “Who knows? Probably,” he quips. The level of exertion he puts in to each and every workout – he says – is not matched by any other college football player in the country.

Tebow shows the ability to block out detractors by ignoring McShay, who he hears doubting his ability to play at the next level on a blasting television in the background while he signs dozens of autographs and is surrounded by friends, family and business associates. He also defends his decision to participate in the controversial Focus on the Family Super Bowl commercial alongside his mother.

“Whoever you are, you can at least respect that I have an opinion on [abortion] and that I believe in something and that I’m going to stand up for what I believe,” he says. “That’s something that I’m taking pride in, that I’m standing up or what I believe in, and I’m showing conviction about something. For me, that’s big.”

With the hard work and dedication complete, Tebow’s largest looming decision – one that garnered much media attention – was where he would actually watch the draft that would decide his professional future. Contrary to popular belief that delaying his decision was a publicity stunt, Tebow’s indecision less than 48 hours before the draft is put at the forefront as Sexton pleads for him to make a choice.

Sexton himself proves to be a pivotal figure in Tebow’s tale, especially in the film’s final scenes. He tells the family exactly how he has projected the draft, is met with trepidation when things do not go as smooth as planned, and then is as excited as a school boy when his original prediction – “My bet is Denver from 22 to 30.” – comes to fruition.

Whether you are a fan of Tebow’s or someone who feels a strong sense of disdain for him, the Heisman Trophy winner and two-time National Champion ends up in the role of the underdog by the documentary’s end. Being exposed to Tebow’s character on a more personal basis puts the viewer in a position where one would have to be stone cold inside not to be genuinely happy for him when he receives a phone call from the 303 area code as the story nears its end.

As comprehensive as Heavener’s film is, its short run time of 50 minutes (due to television programming restrictions) does his work an injustice. With three months of film collected there is bound to be at least another 20 minutes of compelling material that unfortunately must have hit the cutting room floor. It is worth holding out hope that an extended edition will be available in some form at a later date.

Tim Tebow: Everything in Between is the first in a series of shows set to be a part of ESPN’s Year of the Quarterback programming initiative, a year-long examination into the lives and careers of quarterbacks from high school to the pros.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Cowart
 

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26 Responses to “Review – Tim Tebow: Everything in Between”

  1. Timmy T says:

    Can’t wait to see it. Thursday night at 7, good
    deal.

  2. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Wow Adam, fantastic write up man. That trailer gives me
    chills every time I watch it. I can’t wait for it to air on ESPN
    because I’m sure the film is going to be absolutely fantastic. Damn
    Adam, your write up was so good it makes me want to see it even
    more!

  3. npgator says:

    Thanks for the heads up as I had no idea about this
    program.

  4. HardToKillGtr says:

    Thanks for the review. Won’t miss it.

  5. Gator Pat says:

    My apologies to Gator buc… saw his comment about getting
    chills upon watching the trailer and scoffed… Then watched the
    video and was blown away! Can’t wait to see this Thursday! It’s
    been said a million times, but how lucky are we as the Gator Nation
    to have this kind of kid representing us? P.S. now I feel even more
    guilty for shipping the gym last night… :)

  6. caligator says:

    GO TEBOW GO!

  7. Rich says:

    wow, that looks awesome

  8. Rich says:

    Maybe he can come push my SUV when I run out of gas?

  9. Mr2Bits says:

    Wonder if Colin Cowherd will be watching as the preview
    makes your hair stand up? Dude seems to have a vendetta against
    Tebow and makes me want to punch him every time he talks about
    Tebow.

  10. Gatorbuc15 says:

    lol Thank you for understanding why I wrote that Gator Pat.
    :)

  11. FLA_GATORZ says:

    Can’t wait…. Tebow, Tebow, Tebow!!!!!!!

  12. adam says:

    I’m a buckeye fan all the way, but I’m pulling for the guy.
    He’s a breath of fresh air. Go teabow!! Can’t wait to watch
    it.

  13. jimbo6812 says:

    any info on if and when it will be released on
    dvd?

  14. joncortez24 says:

    ha at least denver did a smart thing with tebow

  15. adam says:

    A new respect for him. Im really pulling for him!

  16. J Patrick says:

    I had not planned to watch, happened to turn it on at the
    beginning and coujld not take my eyes off it. I thought the insight
    into the draft process, the drama of living the reality,
    anticipation, stress etc was facinating. The idea to to this type
    of reality show was genius and doing it with our beloved Tim Tebow
    made it even mor spectacular for me and other Gator fans i’m sure.
    I’ll be watching Bronco Games a lot in the future!

  17. Barbara L says:

    When will Tim Tebow: Everything in Between run again?
    Unfortunately I missed it last night…

  18. Richard Gonsalves says:

    I Cannot believe I have missed this show 3 times!!! Does
    anyone know if it is on again?

  19. Richard Gonsalves says:

    Many thanks Adam. I’ll be watching this space. Go Gators!

  20. Tasi says:

    Why do people second guess Tim Tebow ???
    All he wants is a fair chance to play QB in the NFL, people wanted Michael vick to get a second chance to play QB again in the NFL after getting out of jail for killing dogs, and here is a fine young man whose done nothing harmful to anyone or animals and yet more people hate him for been borned a gentleman, I suggest all you haters find better things to do with your lives then harboring hate towards Tim Tebow. Hating him is an issue Time Tebow doesn’t waste his time on b coz GOD is his BEACON that guides him thru out any difficulties he faces, TT you continue been a good person as your parents raised you to be and become the best of the best in everything you do according to God’s will

  21. david murray says:

    Just saw it. TREMENDOUS!! Very motivational. I have 2 boys, one in college ball, one future MLB pitcher. I need to buy this DVD. Is it available? how do I get.

  22. Ryan Shaughnessy says:

    My wife and I just watched the documentary! It was inspirational! We had goose bumps seeing this amazing journey that God has given Tebow. We are believing with so many others that God is going to continue to use Tim at Denver and in the NFL! Keep it going Tebow! Blessings -The Shaughnessy Family

  23. tasi says:

    can somebody tell me if tim tebow,s video on “everything inbetween” will be availble on dvd for purchase ?
    or when will it be shown again, and whats the difference between ESPN and ESPNU ? cause I dont think I have ESPNU, anyway here is something for all you tebow haters out there since yall have nothing better to do with your time and your lives: IF I WAS YOUR BROTHER AND IM SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE
    WOULD YOU HATE ME LIKE YOU HATE TIM TEBOW
    OR WILL YOU THINK POSITIVE OF ME AND TRY TO STAY KIND
    THERE’S NO ROOM IN THIS WORLD FORM ANYMORE TEBOW HATERS
    BECAUSE IN THE SWAMP HATERS GET SWALLOW UP BY GATORS
    Tim Tebow keep up the good work with the Denver Broncos im looking forward to the NFL-2011 season, you will do great because you put jesus christ first in everything you do and all your success and blessings will come within the faith that you’ve cement in your heart and soul for your savior,remember thru him all things were made according to his will and plan for all of us, Tim if you get a chance to read this message please feel free to reply back I will appreciate that, thank you and GO TEBOW & THE BRONCOS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!