Anyone who has played the slightest bit of attention to football knows the story of Tim Tebow. His parents were Baptist missionaries in the Philippines, where he was born. Because of an infection suffered by his mother during the pregnancy they recommended that she abort him, but she refused. When the family returned to Florida, he was homeschooled until he graduated high school. But under a Florida law, he was permitted to play for the local team.

He then entered the University of Florida, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and led the team to the national championship in 2008. But pro scouts said that his motion would be ineffective in the NFL, where linemen were much bigger and faster than those he had encountered in college, and chortled when the Denver Broncos ‘wasted’ their first round pick on him in 2010. He only played sparingly that season as the backup quarterback, used when the offense called for an option play. His coach was fired at the end of the season.

The new coach saw little reason to play Tim, so he languished on the bench for the first 5 games. When he replaced the starter for the second half of the fifth game, and nearly brought the team a win, the coach let Tebow start in the next game; many thought that this move was done merely to appease the fans who were calling for him to play. That’s where the magic began. He brought Denver to a number of come from behind victories, although his statistics were mediocre. Fans around the nation began imitating the Tebow pose where he knelt following a touchdown.

Then, this weekend, while the NFL was concentrating on the Super Bowl in Indianapolis, Tebow, in an interesting bit of counter-programming, was interviewed by David Feherty on The Golf Channel. Feherty asked him if he might pursue a career in politics, to which Tim responded:

“For me, it could be something in my future. It’s something I’ll have to think about and definitely pray about. I have no idea right now, but yeah, possibly.”

It’s hard for people who live in other parts of the nation to understand Tebow’s popularity in Florida. Consider this: when the Dolphins played Denver, they declared it Tebow Day, an unheard of honor for a visiting player. I’d assume that, if he chose, he could run for Florida Governor as soon as he retires, and win the election by acclamation.

Here’s the video of the interview: