Tebow’s memoir “Through My Eyes” gets a cover

Publishing house HarperCollins announced in November that it will release Through My Eyes, “an inspirational memoir by one of the greatest college football quarterbacks of all time: the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, two-time national champion at the University of Florida and current Denver Broncos first round draft pick, Tim Tebow.”

On Wednesday, the publisher officially released the cover image of the book:

Companies like Amazon.com have begun taking pre-orders with a release date of May 24. HarperCollins will initially print 200,000 copies of the memoir, which Tebow will promote via appearances/signings in Denver, CO, New York, NY, and various cities in the state of Florida. An audio book will also be available, and Through My Eyes will be released for the Amazon Kindle as well. You can pre-order it by Clicking Here.

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Tebow speaks on Broncos, sponsorships, Meyer

Preparing for the release of his autobiography Through My Eyes while also trying to earn a starting job next season, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Gene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union. Particularly interesting portions of Frenette’s interview with the former Florida Gators star can be found below but you can read the entire thing by clicking here.

Even if Orton stays in Denver and the Broncos are willing to let you two duel for the starting job, do you feel you’re far enough along with your mechanics and understanding of the offense to win it?
“I feel that I’m definitely ready to compete for it. I’m excited for that challenge. I’ve worked extremely hard this offseason. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to lead this team and try to win games. I don’t feel like it’s even close from last year to where I am now. In fact, it’s not even close to where I am now from the end of last season. I’m much more prepared.”

How has the demands on your time from fans in Denver compare with what you dealt with at Florida?
“That’s a good question. At both places, they have wonderful, passionate fans. That’s one of the things I love about being a Bronco. There are different things I try to do now as far as fan interaction. At Florida, I was around them all the time going to classes. I don’t have to deal with that as much here, but I’m more involved with my foundation and the community. It always seemed like I’d have more time this offseason, but things fill up quickly. It’s training, growing my foundation or hanging out with my family. Those three things take up 95 percent of my time. That’s my life right now.”

You are either a pitchman for or have a working relationship with Nike, EA Sports, Jockey, FRS Healthy Energy drink and Palm Beach Autographs. How do you go about deciding which products to endorse and which to pass up?
“When something gets proposed to us, I run it through a multitude of counselors, where there is wisdom. I talk it over with my brother Robby, my business manager, Angel Gonzalez, my agent [Sexton], my parents and an uncle as well. I don’t rush into those decisions. I start by asking myself, ‘Do I use the product? Do I believe in it and what it stands for?’ For example, I started using FRS three or four times a day after my senior year in college because it was low calories, low sugar. It has a lot of antioxidants. I wasn’t getting a lot of sleep at that time, and I couldn’t get sick because I was training to get into the NFL. FRS helped me train hard because it would help my immune system. They saw me drinking it on TV at the NFL combine. That’s how it all got started. In every endorsement deal, I also talk to the companies about what they’re doing with kids. We put in the contract that I want them to be involved in my foundation to give back as well. I have that with every single one of them.”

Your coach at Florida, Urban Meyer, has settled in as an ESPN analyst. Do you think he can stay behind a microphone and, if not, how long will it be before you think he’s back on the sideline?
“I think he’s going to enjoy being behind a microphone for now. He loves having the time to hang out with his family, going to son Nate’s games. He really enjoys the analyzing part on television. Now I know he’s competitive. That urge creeps up on him every now and then. I think he’ll resist it for a little while. He will always have that burning desire to coach. When he comes back, I have no idea. I think he enjoys being a Dad and not having the stress of coaching a team.”

So here’s a chance for full disclosure. Are you a free agent on the dating scene, seeing one woman exclusively, or is this topic out of bounds?
“No, it’s not out of bounds. I can say I’m single. It hasn’t happened yet for me. Who knows? We’ll see.”

Photo Credit: Jeremy Cowart

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FOUR BITS: Donovan, Tebow, Brissett, Drayton

1 » Head basketball coach Billy Donovan, who has won two NCAA National Championships (in three title game appearances), captured multiple Southeastern Conference Championships and led the Florida Gators to unprecedented heights since he took over the program in 1996, may be on the verge of earning his first SEC Coach of the Year award if the Gators continue their winning ways over the final handful of regular season games. FOX Sports Florida’s Bill Koss examines how Donovan has missed out on the honor previously, even though he’s on the verge of leading Florida to its 13th consecutive 20-win season. Donovan has been overlooked for the award on at least three occasions; this year his former assistant Anthony Grant, now head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, may stand in his way. Though Alabama is 15-7 on the season, they are 7-1 in the SEC and have won 10 of their last 11 games.

2 » Publishing house HarperCollins announced in November that it will be releasing Through My Eyes, described as “an inspirational memoir by one of the greatest college football quarterbacks of all time: the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, two-time national champion at the University of Florida and current Denver Broncos first round draft pick, Tim Tebow” in April 2011. Companies like Amazon.com have begun taking pre-orders as the book’s release date has been pushed back to May 24. HarperCollins will initially print 200,000 copies of the book, which Tebow will promote via appearances/signings in Denver, CO, New York, NY, and various cities in the state of Florida. An audio book will also be available, and Through My Eyes will be released for the Amazon Kindle as well. You can pre-order it by Clicking Here.

3 » Four-star quarterback Jacoby Brissett indicated that the possibility of playing basketball as well as football was something he was considering when deciding which school he would commit to last week. Brissett chose the Gators which begs the question: How do the head coaches feel about his desire to play two sports? “As far as I’m concerned, in talking to Will [Muschamp], if he wants to be a part of our team, he’s more than welcome to do that,” Donovan said Thursday. “You talk about a guy missing workouts in September. October we start practice. November, December, January – he comes into (basketball) practice completely not knowing one thing. Now, as practice starts, he tries to go from football shape to basketball shape. Now, as we start to go toward the SEC Tournament, they start spring practice. I think what’s going to end up happening is he’s going to have to make a decision.” That being said, Donovan does think he is talented and capable enough to see the court. “There’s no doubt in my mind, watching him play, if he dedicated all his time to basketball he could definitely play here at Florida,” he said. “I think he’s a very, very good player.”

4 » Some Gators fans were confused when former running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Stan Drayton left Florida to take the wide receivers coach job with the Ohio State Buckeyes. However, listening to Drayton explain his decision, it makes perfect sense. “In 17 years of coaching, I’ve never had the opportunity to be around my family,” Drayton told BuckeyeSports.com. “My kids are born and raised in Florida, so they’ve never had an opportunity to be around their grandparents. […] I’m a Buckeye by heart. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. I used to go to coach [Jim] Tressel’s camps as a high school football player at Youngstown State. I had always admired his career, always tried to model myself on some of the principles that he holds his program to. I followed his career and always had a dream of coming back to Ohio State, I just didn’t know when.”

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Tebow’s memoir to be published in April 2011

Publishing house HarperCollins announced via press release on Monday that it will release Through My Eyes, “an inspirational memoir by one of the greatest college football quarterbacks of all time: the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, two-time national champion at the University of Florida and current Denver Broncos first round draft pick, Tim Tebow” in April 2011.

Like most do, Tebow’s memoir will cover his extraordinary life ranging from his unique berth and life growing up as a home-schooled son of missionaries to his career with the Florida Gators and introduction to the NFL with the Broncos, Through My Eyes will be co-written by Nathan Whitaker and edited by Matt Harper.

From the press release:

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to share my story of faith, family and football,” said Tebow, ‘”and look forward to taking readers inside my life, both on and off the field. As a kid, you always dream of becoming something great. Whether that dream is to become an astronaut, a famous musician, the CEO of a large company, the President, an NFL Quarterback or anything else, you will undoubtedly face all kinds of adversity on your journey. This is my story about how I was able to fulfill my dream and I hope it can inspire people of all ages that are aspiring to fulfill their dreams.”

“It goes without saying that Tim has inspired a generation of fans with his accomplishments on the football field as well as his devout faith and family values,” said Lisa Sharkey, Senior Vice President and Director of Creative Development who acquired the book for HarperCollins. “We are incredibly proud to help him communicate his powerful message of hope,” said S.V.P. and Publisher of HarperOne, Mark Tauber. “Tebow’s story is one that will find a wide audience for years to come.”

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