Tim Tebow officially becomes Tampa D1 co-owner

D1 Sports Training and Therapy will officially announce Wednesday that Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and a trio of other athletes are now co-owners of the company’s newest facility, which opened on Jan. 2 in the Tampa, FL area.

Located on Gunn Highway in Citrus Park, FL, the training space spans more than 18,000 square feet and features a number of amenities including a turf field, first-class weight room and an in-house sports therapy and medicine facility.

Tebow, who is also the co-owner of D1’s Savannah, GA facility and will host a members-only D1 Experience event at the new facility a to-be-determined date, is joined in this venture by former Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks, current Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones and current WWE professional wrestler Chris Jericho.

“It’s so exciting to be a part of D1 in Tampa,” Tebow said. “When I graduated from Florida I had to find the perfect place to train to get ready for the [NFL] Combine. I traveled all over the country in search of a facility that would fit my needs. Of all the places that I visited around the country, I found that D1 had everything I needed and it ended up being the right place for me.”

Tebow’s training regime at the D1 facility in Nashville, TN was well-publicized. Footage of his workouts, which included extensive work on speeding up his throwing motion, were featured on the documentary Everything in Between (airing on ESPN with a full-length version available on DVD).

“I love the training philosophy as well as the mentality the staff brings to work every day,” he said of deciding to go into business with D1. “They are so passionate about training, getting people in shape and improving their mind along with their focus on life. I was honored when I had the opportunity to become a part of the D1 family.”

For more information on training at D1, visit D1 on the web or call (813) 358-7671.

A few lucky OGGOA readers living in the Tampa area will have an opportunity to find out exactly what D1 is all about. Contest details will be announced at a later date.

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Tim Tebow: Everything In Between DVD out 11/8

Fiction, the company that produced the documentary Tim Tebow: Everything In Between, announced Monday that a DVD and digital copy of the film will officially be released on Nov. 8 online and at retailers nationwide.

Amazon.com is already taking pre-orders for the physical DVD (Buy Tim Tebow: Everything In Between), which will also be available digitally online via iTunes.

Below is an outtake reel from the documentary:

From the press release:

In the winter of 2009, Winter Park, Florida production company Fiction approached long-time friend and aspiring NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, as his storied career was coming to and close at the University of Florida. The idea was to document Tebow’s evolution from college superstar and national celebrity to NFL rookie. He accepted, and Fiction began rolling the cameras at the end of his final college game, all the way through the NFL Draft, four months later. At home, on the road, in the glaring public spotlight and out of it, the result was an unprecedented in-depth look at an American icon during a period of huge professional and personal transition — Tim Tebow: Everything In Between.

Praised for it’s untethered access into the life of Tim Tebow, Everything In Between has repeatedly aired to massive audiences on ESPN and ESPN2 since it’s broadcast debut in January 2011, but acclaim hasn’t been the only response. We have received countless requests for a DVD release since it’s first air, and the time has come for us to answer.

OGGOA Review: Tim Tebow: Everything In Between
“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. … Both his physical and mental toughness are tested continuously throughout his journey.”

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TWO BITS: Tim Tebow DVD, Haden’s stock up

1 » The DVD version of the documentary Tim Tebow: Everything in Between, directed by Chase Heavener and originally released as part of ESPN’s Year of the Quarterback television series, is already available for pre-order and is scheduled to go on sale on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, according to ordering pages from stores like Amazon.com, ChristianCinema.com and Walmart.com. The DVD has a run time of 90 minutes and is expected to feature a longer cut of the documentary as well as some special features. Click on the cover below to pre-order through OGGOA via Amazon.com.

2 » Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who along with his team will play a road game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, said he is so impressed with second-year cornerback Joe Haden that he has been following the former Florida Gators star all offseason. “A young guy like that, he’s very talented,” Marshall said, according to ESPN. “He’s hungry. He puts a lot into it. I followed him on Twitter just to keep up with him and see what he’s doing. When I got on Twitter in February, he was one of the first guys I followed, just to check him out and for this weekend here. I have my work cut out for me. He’s pretty good.” Haden finished his rookie campaign with 64 tackles and six interceptions including five in his last eight games. He is already off to a fast start in 2011 and hopes to continue proving he is one of the top coverage corners in the NFL.

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TWO BITS: Tebow and Meyer all over ESPN

1 » Doing promotion for his documentary Tim Tebow: Everything in Between, Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow was everywhere you looked if you turned on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS or ESPN Radio on Thursday. Below are just a few clips and quotes from his appearances.

Tebow on SportsCenter:

Tebow on the Colin Cowherd radio show:
On changing his game for the NFL; running quarterbacks don’t survive: “I’m going to always try to improve my game. Yes, I want to be that guy that sits in the pocket and throws darts. At the same time, if I have to, to be able to also be a football player and make a play, I think that just adds to be able to help. If it’s an added dimension, if it’s another attribute, then I don’t see how it hurts. But I definitely do want to focus on being a pocket passer and just throwing from the pocket. Throwing those darts.”

On if he is too “collegiate” and his positive attitude rubbing people the wrong way: “To be honest, I don’t necessarily think so. I think I got a great relationship with a lot of my teammates, especially the veterans. When they understand that you’re not about college anymore, you’re about trying to make it this league and trying to help the broncos, when you’re able to earn that respect and they see your work ethic and then they see your passion and love for the game very day and they say its real and not fake and not a show you put on and it’s the actual person you are…then I think they respect you and then they look up to you and begin to like you.”

On whether he is worried about the new head coach not liking him as a player: “To be honest I’m not really apprehensive or anxious right now. I still consider myself extremely blessed to be a Bronco and to be in this great Broncos organization. I also consider myself very blessed that John Elway has taken the position that he has. It’s a great opportunity and a great situation for me. I’m not apprehensive or anxious about anything right now.”

On Cowherd’s opinion of Tebow: “I’m going to try to prove you wrong for what you think of me in the NFL. I don’t think you’re a bad guy at all, but I appreciate you having me on.”

Tebow and Michelle Beadle talking behind the scenes:

2 » Though OGGOA has previously reported this news item, ESPN confirmed in an official release Thursday that former Florida head coach Urban Meyer will be joining the network for coverage of the 2011 BCS National Championship. Along with Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban, Meyer will be an on-site analyst leading up to and through the contest. He will provide his thoughts and opinions on SportsCenter, College GameDay, ESPNEWS, College Football Live and during the pre-game, half-time and post-game coverage for the event.

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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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