Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow said he could one day explore politics “if it’s something I care about,” The Huff Post informs.
Tebow said he wouldn’t rule out a potential future run for office during an interview with Dave Feherty — host of the Golf Channel’s “Feherty Live” — that’s set to air 10 p.m. Saturday.
“I don’t know — it could be something in my future,” Tebow said, according to Politico. “If it’s something I care about, possibly.”
As we reported earlier, when asked which NFL playoff quarterback they would like to see a candidate for president of the United States in the elections 2012, more than one in four voters chosen Tebow, said a new poll of likely voters released on Friday.
The results of the Reuters/Ipsos online survey were measured with a credibility interval. It means the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.
In the poll Tebow managed to beat his rival New England Patriotsquarterback Tom Brady who got the third place, one percentage point behind New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, ironic since they face each other this Sunday in the Super Bowl.
“For all the support I’m very appreciative, it means a lot,” Tebow told Reuters on the sidelines of the pre-game festivities for the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. When asked about his possible political future, he responded: “Maybe one day in the future, not right now though.”
Though Tebow has sparked controversy over his strong religious views, the 2012 Republican presidential candidates have worked to associate themselves with the famous quarterback.
Texas governor Rick Perry — who dropped out of the GOP primary race ahead of the South Carolina primary — even once compared himself to the athlete during a debate, saying “I hope I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses.”
Despite the fact that several GOP hopefuls have reached out to the NFL star hoping to win his backing, Tebow has yet to endorse a presidential candidate.
According to ABC, in 2011 Tebow became one of the world’s most popular athletes, and gathered his own devout following.
He completed 10 of 21 passes when the Broncos took on the Pittsburgh Steelers last month, setting a franchise record for a quarterback’s rating in a playoff game, along with an NFL record for yards per completion in a playoff game.
While his religious beliefs are well known, it may be Tebow’s ability to truly move people that will help him bring about change: he sparked an internet meme of people imitating his trademark post-touchdown knelt-in-prayer pose – known as ‘Tebowing.’