1 » Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow was named Wednesday to TIME Magazine’s 2012 list of The 100 Most Influential People in the World. Tebow can be found among names like President Barack Obama, Warren Buffett, Louis CK and New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, who penned a few paragraphs on Tebow.
Watching Tim Tebow play football, you can observe many things about his character. You see his fierce competitiveness, his strong work ethic and how he is a leader that his teammates trust and respect.
But it is the qualities that Tim, 24, embodies in his life off the field that truly set him apart. He is unashamed of his convictions and faith, and he lives a life that consistently reflects his values, day in and day out. Through his foundation, he constantly reaches out to people and communities in need of hope. He realizes what he has been blessed with and seeks to help those who are worse off. As athletes, we pour our hearts into winning games. Tim is a reminder that life is about much more than that.
2 » Denying reports that he continued smoking marijuana after being dismissed by Florida, cornerback Janoris Jenkins is emphatic that he has turned the corner in both his life and career. “I wasn’t smoking marijuana at North Alabama,” he told Scout.com’s Aaron Wilson. “If anybody wants to know, they can give my coaches a call. I wasn’t partying. They’ve been saying a lot of things about me that aren’t true without getting my side of the story. It’s been a humbling experience. You’ve got to be a man; you’ve got to be honest and straightforward. I’ve matured. My past is my past. People can judge me for how far I’ve come. I want to know why all of a sudden this is out there about me. Why didn’t it come out after the combine when I was straightforward with the scouts? The timing is very interesting to me.”
3 » Denver Nuggets guard/forward Corey Brewer has made plenty of highlights during his time in the NBA, but a pretty obvious flop he committed early in the week is certainly questionable while still being undoubtedly effective. Check it out below:
4 » As the Miami Heat struggle on their way to the end of the regular season, Chris Perkins attempted to put his finger on the reason why the team’s half-court offense is struggling, writing on SheridanHoops.com that former Gators power forward Udonis Haslem and G/F Mike Miller are two of the reasons why. Perkins points out that Haslem is shooting a career-low .423 from the field (.071 lower than his career average) while Miller cannot stay on the court, missing 28 of 60 games already this season.
5 » Defensive tackle Marcus Thomas remains unsigned heading into the 2012 season but that is a status he has forced on himself by refusing to sign a one-year contract (three different teams have offered) while instead looking for a long-term deal. According to the Denver Post’s Mike Klis, Thomas is prepared to hold off on signing with a team until after the 2012 NFL Draft unless one of the interested parties ups their offer. It remains likely that Thomas returns to the Denver Broncos but that is far from certain.
6 » Looking to take advantage of Tebow being immensely popular these days, a new television show has decided to use it as the last name of the main family in the program, according to Forbes. Rectify, set to air on the Sundance Channel and guaranteed a run of at least six episodes, will feature Janet Tebow (series regular), Ted Tebow, Jr. (series regular), Tawney Tebow (series regular), Jared Tebow (strong recurring character) and Ted Tebow, Sr. (strong recurring character). The show is described by Sundance as an “hour-long legal drama” that “explores themes of justice, redemption and freedom, all set against the backdrop of a wrongful conviction.”