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Doug Tewell and Pat Bates have both captured professional golfing victories on golf's highest levels, the Nationwide, Champions, and PGA Tour, making them brothers in arms on the golf course. Their shared and public faith in Jesus Christ makes them Christian brothers as well, and the family ties-with Bates having married Tewell's daughter-binds them on a personal level as well. But when it comes to the golf course or the dinner table, there are plenty of shared fun and family ties from all members of the family. "I told my daughter his name on Tour was Fabio, because of his long, blond hair, and he calls me Papa Tewell, so we get along great," Tewell says.
Both Bates and Tewell use their name recognition as pro golfers to tell their faith stories. Bates regularly speaks to youth groups and public golf-related gatherings. Tewell has spoken to dozens of Christian-related groups sharing his story about his professional golfing career, which he calls a faith walk.
No matter where golf takes Pat Bates and Doug Tewell, together they will continue to form a strong bond built on faith, family, and fun.
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TEBOW / MCCOY
As the current quarterbacks for the last two national championship teams, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow have taken center stage in two of the most intensely scrutinized college football programs in America. Even as sophomores, this concept is not lost on McCoy and Tebow. They know they are being watched. They also know that with the immediate access they have to so many people, the opportunities to be a model and a spokesperson for Jesus Christ are preeminent. "In some places it's not the cool thing to do or the popular thing to be and God is not No. 1," says McCoy.
Tebow and McCoy were both hatched from close-knit, deeply Christian upbringings that saw them come to faith at an early age. Tim Tebow's fater, Bob Tebow, heads the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association, which claims to be the conduit of close to 9 million people coming to faith in Christ in the last 8 years.
An NFL career is a goal for both of these young quarterbacks, but they are realistic enough to know there are no guarantees. McCoy looks forward to what God has in store. "God willing, I'd like to be in the NFL, but the important thing to do is His will."
Whether Shaun Alexander spends his Sunday morning wearing a football jersey on a field or a suit in a pew, he's the same guy. "Shaun is a Christian 24/7," says close friend and teammate Mack Strong. "He's a great example. It's a testimony to him, to God."
Alexander has made a lasting name for himself in the NFL. The accomplishments and praises he's received are only dreams for many. He's not surprised by his success; he's always set lofty goals and worked hard. Now he's a household name, but he says, "This is no time to say, 'Look at me.'" That's because, for Alexander, it's not just about football. "I play football to make a difference in people's lives."
The difference he wants to make is a difference for Christ. He has a heart for providing hope, especially for youth, and giving to others as unto the Lord. That's the purpose of his foundation and the community center he started with his brother. "You can't outgive God," he says.
The best day in his life? Being valedictorian of his graduating class? Setting NFL records? Becoming 2005 MVP? No. "It was the first time I led someone to Christ," says Alexander. What else would we expect?