Judah Smith is a pastor in Seattle, the chaplain for the Seattle Seahawks, and buddies with some high profile names in the world of sports and entertainment. That list ranges from Russell Wilson to Bubba Watson to Justin Bieber to Tim Tebow.
Smith joined me on The Jake Brown Show on CBS Radio’s Play.it to discuss his relationships with those guys, working with the Seahawks, his new book “How’s Your Soul?” and much more. Many have had their doubts on Tebow and his chances of making the big leagues, but Smith isn’t doubting him.
“With all of my heart…two years or less on The Jake Brown Show, I’m saying right now, Tim Tebow makes it to the big leagues. 2018 or less,” Smith told me, oozing with confidence.
While many people might laugh or dismiss Tebow’s attempt to make the transition from football to baseball, this is what makes the former Heisman Trophy winner excel.
“He thrives under pressure. He thrives when people say he can’t do something,” said Smith. “There’s something in Tim Tebow that’s so admirable. It’s like the moment you say he can’t do it, he has this motivation and desire to do it all the more. Again that’s something as a father and as a husband and as a man, I want more of in my life, that determination…and then willingness to fail. The thing about Tim Tebow is he’s never afraid of failing and how many of us live our lives worried…what if I fail? What will people say? Timmy throws himself into everything that is front of him that he believes God is asking him to do and he does it with all of his heart and win or lose, he’s going to keep being what God has called him to be and that’s incredible to me.”
What makes Tebow such a lighting rod? A week doesn’t go by when we don’t see some sort of Tebow story.
“Timmy is fully himself. Like it or leave it or not like it, he’s fully himself,” said his good friend. “I love the term consistent. To be holy is to be consistent. Timmy seems to embody that consistency. Whenever I’m with him, whenever I’m around him, he is consistently who he is. There’s something about that in our culture today, we’re just magnetically drawn to a human that is consistently themselves and I think we admire him. Whether we’re willing to admit that or not, I certainly am admitting that. We’re all attracted to that consistent lifestyle in which he lives.”
Has he ever complained about not getting another chance in the NFL?
“Timmy has never griped. He’s never complained. He is a person whose life we’re going to keep moving forward. It’s going to get better and better and the best is yet to come. Again, I want to live my life more like that.”
Jake Brown is the Digital Program Manager at CBS Sports Radio and a columnist for CBS Sports Radio, CBS Local Sports, and CBS Local. You can catch him daily on The Jake Brown Show on CBS Radio’s Play.it, iTunes, and Spotify. It’s a weekly sports show mixed in with a bit of entertainment and multiple interviews as well every week. Jake lives in Queens and being a Mets fan is finally paying off.