Jacksonville-area Republican Congressman Ander Crenshaw (FL-4) announced this week that he will not seek reelection this fall, setting off speculation about who should run for his seat. Talks have circled around a sheriff, a state senator, and a mayor — but politicos have left off the best choice in this district: Tim Tebow.
Yes, that Tim Tebow.
The former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner is a perfect fit for Florida’s heavily Republican fourth district. Not only is this district his home, he is uniquely qualified to be a Florida congressman. If you think we’re joking, we’re not.
In an elected body with 435 members, it’s almost impossible not to get lost in the crowd and have minimal impact. Tebow would never be lost in the crowd, and this would give him an opportunity to lead on issues he is already leading on in his life: fighting poverty, defending homeschoolers, and making traditional values cool again.
At age 28, he would be the youngest member of Congress, yet he has arguably done more to help children than any current congressperson. Not only has he been a hero and a model of character for millions, he has also used the money he made through football to start the Tim Tebow Foundation, and his foundation is making a real impact, especially in Florida.
The Tim Tebow Foundation provides assistance to children battling terminal illness, gives monetary aid to parents who decide to adopt children in need, and hosts more than 200 prom events for special needs children. He also partnered with The CURE to open a hospital in the Philippines.
Before his massive celebrity golf tournament in Ponte Vedra, Florida (which borders the fourth district) in March, Tebow said, “It’s not about football. It’s about what we’re doing, through faith, hope and love and the people we serve all over the world… That’s going to be bigger than football every single day of my life.”
If Tebow wants to continue making a difference outside of football, Congress is the next step. Let’s be honest: whether or not he deserves it, his days in the NFL are likely finished because no team gave him a real chance.
Instead of riding on former fame and sports accomplishments, Tebow can continue to expand his impact on the country and the world. The question is: Is Tebow willing to run?
In a recent interview with Fox News, Ainsley Earnhardt lightheartedly asked if he would ever consider politics. “What about this election cycle, have you thought about politics? You would be such a good role model for these kids.”
Tebow responded, “Well thank you. It’s been crazy, hasn’t it? It’s been a whirlwind watching everything. Um, you know, I don’t know about this time in my life…” Earhardt interrupted, “You’re saying there’s hope?”
“If there’s a chance you can make a difference someday in something, then that would be intriguing,” Tebow said.
If there is any chance Tebow could run, Republicans and the NRCC should actively recruit him and welcome him into the Party. While some might think Tebow could be ‘the next Rick Santorum,’ focusing mostly on social issues, Tebow would bring much more than that.
He would bring a focus on fighting for the less fortunate and using creative solutions to eradicate poverty. He would also bring millennial appeal — and the right kind of millennial appeal. Tebow’s non-political accomplishments allow him to say things politicians couldn’t about culture and character. He would shake up the political establishment and would have no ties to special interests.
His age is also a strength. His time to lead doesn’t need to wait until he is ‘old enough.’ Part of his appeal in Congress would be his ability to lead young Americans — a demographic often ignored in Washington.
It’s time to draft Tim Tebow for Congress.