If you were to ask the geniuses at Pixar to dream up their version of an NFL quarterback, they'd end up with Tim Tebow. Already the most famous backup QB in history for his bravura performance last season, Tebow is all the more interesting for his public faith coupled with movie-star good looks.
Now, all eyes will turn to the Big Apple this season as Tebow brings his mythology – and a little of that magic – to the New York Jets. Whatever his role – wildcat quarterback, short-yardage specialist, special teams all-star – you can be sure it'll depend on Tebow's legendary work ethic. Turns out that contrary to popular wisdom, Tebow's excellence wasn't created in a lab or Hollywood script, but through tireless hard work and dedication. We were invited recently to join Tebow for a workout, where the man with the golden arm shared some of the very fitness tips he's depended on for his success, as well as a few of his favorite spots around the globe. All while proving he really is that nice a guy. Launch Gallery >>
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Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tebow has been a world traveler from a young age, and we're sorry to disappoint the Tebow-for-president crowd, but he was actually born outside the United States, in the Philippines. And while his foundation's home page lists Bangladesh and Haiti among the locales where his personal charity reaches, Thailand tops his favorite travel spots. Tebow first spent the summer of 2008 visiting the country with his brothers, and was especially fond of the city of Chiang Mai, located 435 miles north of Bangkok. "I loved Thailand, but especially there," he says. The city has become a tourist hotspot for those looking to interact with Thailand's wildlife. Tebow apparently made himself at home at the Elephant Nature Park, a refuge for rescued elephants. "The animals you can see from riding on elephants, hanging out with tigers, pythons – it's just crazy," he says.
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