SIX Tebow BITS: SNL denied, reading, Elway’s endorsement, Pro Bowl, Piers, Fallon, speaking

By Adam Silverstein
December 22, 2011

1 » Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow may not be “cashing in on his wildfire popularity” yet (reportedly turning down offers for “multiple national media and endorsement opportunities” as well as a chance to host Saturday Night Live), according to Pro Football Talk, but he will be working with Pizza Hut soon. In a Wednesday press release, the pizza chain announced that Tebow will be a part of the BOOK IT! Reading Program next year. He will read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss on Feb. 15, 2012 during America’s Big Storytime, an event which drew more than half a million viewers in 2011. Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! Program will donate money to the Tim Tebow Foundation on behalf of his participation.

2 » On the football front, Tebow has finally received a complete endorsement from Denver vice president of football operations John Elway, an executive who has been hesitant to fully get behind him up to this point. Elway told the Associated Press on Tuesday that “Tim Tebow’s not going anywhere. I mean, he’s going to be a Bronco and we’re going to do everything we can and hopefully he’s that guy.” He has previously said that he plans to work with Tebow on his footwork and throwing motion in the offseason in hopes of helping him improve heading into the 2012 season.

3 » Whether or not Tebow earns a spot on the AFC’s roster for the 2011 Pro Bowl remains to be seen but there’s no doubt that the fans want to see him in Honolulu, HI. In the fan-based portion of Pro Bowl voting, Tebow finished third among AFC quarterbacks only behind New England’s Tom Brady and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger. His 633,000 votes were 44 percent of what Brady received (1.45 million) and two-thirds of Rothelisberger’s total (935,000). That does not necessarily mean he will make it to Honolulu because the votes of coaches and players will also be taken into account. Tebow finished fifth among all NFL quarterbacks with only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans’s Drew Brees also finishing in front of him. Carolina’s Cam Newton came in sixth overall and third in the NFC with 625,000 votes. (Numbers are rounded.)

Read three more Tebow BITS…after the break!

4 » Tebow’s name continues to pop up on multiple television shows with two recent instances coming on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight and NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy and the co-author of Tebow’s autobiography, Nathan Whitaker, were on Morgan’s show this week discussing Tebow and “Tebowing.” Below is a vide of Morgan performing the action:

5 » Tebow was also a punchline (video) to a joke during Fallon’s weekly Pros and Cons segment. This week’s revolved around the pros and cons of throwing a holiday party.

6 » As he tends to do often throughout the year, Tebow will be a keynote speaker at another event, this time doing so the annual Voices of Inspiration fundraise for Hoffman Hospice in Bakersfield, CA. Tebow will speak at the April 26 event at a to-be-determined location. Tickets are not yet on sale.

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