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Jeremy Lin says Tim Tebow has been an inspiration to him

Feb 9, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

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There are some similarities to the Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow stories — and not just that they both throw bounce passes.

Both had built in followings but were not expected by most experts to make much of an impact at the professional level. Both have. Both still have some people expecting them to fall flat. Both are very religious (Lin has thought of becoming a minister after he is done playing).

Lin told the Rise Guys on 95.7 the Game in San Francisco that Tebow has served as an inspiration to him (via Sports Radio Interviews).

“Actually a lot of inspiration just because he’s such a polarizing figure but I think the things he says in interviews, his approach to the game is just unbelievable and I respect him so much. I want to be able to do some of the things that he does in terms of the amount of charity work and the non-profit work, and the way he impacts people off the field. I think that is what is most inspiring to me about him.”

There are also a lot of differences between Lin and Tebow. For one, Lin was a good player at Harvard but Tebow is arguably the greatest college quarterback ever. Tebow was still a high draft pick, Lin went undrafted. Tebow’s success at the NFL level lasted longer than Lin’s has so far in the NBA. There are about 1.2 million other differences we’re not going to name here — the links between the two are stretched.

But there are parallels.

  1. cakemixa - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    OMG…how many Lin stories do we need per day?

    • ferhatiggy - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      totally agree..

    • r0llinginthedeep - Feb 9, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      There can never be too many Jeremy Lin stories.

  2. SOBEIT - Feb 9, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    I have another parallel…the media will ride Lin like they did Tebow and just over expose Lin so that when he crashes or comes back to earth, the pundits will be there to chime in…while totally ignoring the fact that they created this hoopla.

  3. noahbird - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Jesus walked the walk. These athletes have no clue what they are talking about. Just like the majority of other fools bragging about faith.

    • willardj - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:46 PM

      Bible Jesus, similar to Tebow and now Lin, had his good qualities greatly exaggerated. Think of the people who wrote the Bible as equivalent to today’s media.

      Real life Yeshua (the non-Romanized version of his name) was a good guy but normal just like Tebow and Lin.

  4. mqcarpenter - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    WTF? The guy says that Tebow was an inspiration and you act like he made a comment like manning that he was an elite player like Tom Brady. That is overblown and a waste of an article. The tenth Lin article in 24 hours I might add.

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