You know you've made it as a celebrity when Annie Leibovitz handles your photo shoot for Vogue. Tim Tebow might be having trouble getting on the field as quarterback of the Jets’ Wildcat offense, but he had no trouble landing in the pages of Vogue in an article featuring a Leibovitz photo of Tebow looking like Atlas holding up a giant tire.
So, when Tebow got to his locker after Friday’s practice, the subject wasn’t the Jets’ game against Miami in his native Florida but rather the magazine spread. It’s the second time this season Tebow has been photographed with his shirt off. The first was at training camp when he stripped off his equipment after practice when it was raining and was captured in a photo that garnered tons of attention.
Asked how he liked posing for Leibovitz, whose poses often involve celebrities in various stages of undress, Tebow flashed his famous smile. “It was fun to do it with Annie Leibovitz, one of the best photgraphers of our era,” he said. “That was pretty fun to work with her…I mean, she was cool. It was fun just being able to spend time with her and just to learn a little bit about what she does was fun.”
Tebow claimed to only have seen the photo of him and the giant tire, and he admitted he’s been teased by his Jets teammates. Not surprisingly, he identified rabble-rousing linebacker Bart Scott as the most vocal.
For those who pick up Vogue for the articles, there is one accompanying the photos of Tebow. In it, the devout Christian describes his idea of the perfect mate. “Obviously looks play a big part,” Tebow said. “Being attracted to someone plays a big part, but there’s also so much more than that for me. It’s about finding someone sweet and kind—and that has a servant’s heart. It’s about finding a girl who likes me for me, and not because of what I do or who I am or the name.”
The phrase “servant’s heart” has stirred the usual social media flutter, so he was asked by a television interviewer to clarify what that means. “It’s something that it’s not all about them,” Tebow said. “It’s someone that can put others first, someone that doesn’t always have to be the center of attention and someone that’s a helper. Someone that puts their family first, is loving, is caring, all those things. That’s what I mean by ‘servant.’”
Hope that answers any questions followers of entertainment news might have regarding Tebow. We now return to our regularly scheduled football programming in this space. With any luck Sunday in Miami, Tebow might make some news on the field.