by
George A. Magalios

September 29, 2009

Dear Mr. Tebow:

I am writing to wish you a speedy recovery from your recent concussion and to thank you for your awe-inspiring character and sportsmanship. I am a Gator alum and longtime Gator fan. But I am writing you as a friend and someone who is concerned only with your well-being and life after football. It is for this reason that I urge you to take as much time as necessary to properly heal from your injury, even if it means you miss the remainder of the season. Life and your health are more important than football and your contributions as a man of honor and character will always exceed anything you accomplish on the gridiron.

I have watched you play since your first game in 2006. Everything I read and see about you impresses me greatly and inspires me to be a better person, friend, and son. I want to thank you for your courage, grit, character, goodness, integrity, selflessness, and leadership. You embody the ancient idea of the hero and you continue to serve as a profound inspiration in my life. You are a wonderful role model to children and adults everywhere. Such is your influence that it transcends the world of sports. But I am sure you know this already, yet you remain humble and honorable. You are a true testament to all that is good and true in people and you have done your parents proud.

I could never express my gratitude for your qualities, your comportment, and your integrity. These are qualities that I, as an artist, a businessman, and a friend, try to live by every day of my life. I know that I have not always succeeded in doing so but I continue to strive to become great, to become someone who is loving, kind, and good to those less fortunate, and one with empathy for the suffering of others – values that I consider to be central to the Christian faith.

I want to send you my wishes for a speedy and safe recovery. I pray for it and for your long and prosperous life full of joy and fulfillment. I will never forget you Tim Tebow, even long after this year’s college football season and when you are retired from the NFL. I send you all my thoughts for a healthy future and I invite you to call on me at any time if you ever have need for a new friend, a contemporary artist or if you are ever in the South Florida area so that I may invite you to my family’s home for a fine Greek meal. Again, I thank you for being such a shining example of goodness and integrity.

Sincerely,

George A. Magalios