Tyler Hansbrough and Tim Tebow are two of the greatest college players to grace their respective sports. There is no denying that they will be remembered for ages for what they have contributed to the game, but what is it that makes them so special?
College athletes nowadays too often look at the college game as a stepping stone or just another part of the long process to get into the pros. Tebow and Hansbrough have shown dedication, not only to their sport, but also to the community and their education. It is rare that you see a college athlete stay for all four years of his college eligibility, but these two modern day warriors have shown that they want to achieve one thing… greatness.
There are many ways to accomplish greatness, but each person has his own measuring stick. What is greatness? French Politician, Charles de Montesquieu, once said that “To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them all.” Tebow and Hansbrough embody that quote, and they do everything in their power to take their team to the next level.
Everyone remembers the Tim Tebow press conference after his Gators lost to Ole Miss. That moment motivated Florida for the rest of the season and pushed them towards a National Championship. That moment in time was special. It is one of those rare glimpses that you get to see what it takes to achieve “greatness.”
This brings me to my next quote from the German poet, Hebbel. “Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” That sums up the success of Hansbrough and Tebow. Countless times you can glance over at the sideline and see Tebow waving his arms and pumping up his teammates and the crowd. You can see on the court Tyler Hansbrough flexing and screaming, just showing the emotion that you know he is hungry for success. That is what makes these two truly great.
It has yet to be seen what they will accomplish in their professional careers. Many people will tell you they don’t have the skillset to succeed. You will hear they aren’t the greatest athletes and that they may be clumsy. But I will tell you this; I have no doubts in my mind that Tyler Hansbrough and Tim Tebow can and will be successful in their pro careers. They have what it takes, and it can all be summed into one word… heart.
To leave you with one lasting quote, while it isn’t from a politician or poet, it is from rapper Nelly, but it get’s my point across:
“Ain't no way they can stop me now, cause I'm on my way. I can feel my ring coming.
It's the blood of a champion, pumping deep inside my veins, too much pride to be running.
I'ma get what I can and more, even if my blood, my sweat, and my tears don't mean nothing.
It's the heart of a champion in me.”