In just four months, Tim Tebow will make his Hollywood debut.
Well, sort of.
As USA Today first reported in August, the former NFL quarterback and aspiring MLB outfielder served as an executive producer for February’s “Run the Race,” an upcoming inspirational sports movie based on a tale not totally unlike Tebow’s own odds-defying career. Starring Mykleti Williamson of “Forrest Gump” fame, the film depicts two high school brothers who are forced to overcome missing parents and a devastating injury to salvage their future on and off the field. And Tebow and his own brother, Robby, helped bring the story to life.
Now, we have our first look at the feature film, Tebow’s first foray into the movie business, with the release of the “Run the Race” trailer:
Tebow does not appear in the trailer, but as USA Today reported, he helped the production team get permission to “film pivotal scenes at his alma mater, the University of Florida,” and collaborated with Robby during development of the story. He’s also set to help promote the movie with a red-carpet premiere.
Also starring Frances Fisher (“Titanic”) and former NFL running back Eddie George, the movie follows brothers Zach (Tanner Strine) and David (Evan Hofer), the latter of whom laces up track cleats after his brother’s dreams of playing college football under scholarship are threatened due to injury.
A first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos back in 2010, Tebow was a Heisman Trophy winner at Florida and spent six years in the NFL before turning his attention to baseball. An outspoken Christian known as much for his faith and community service, especially involving children with disabilities, as his pro sports career, Tebow is currently in the New York Mets’ farm system as a Double-A All-Star outfielder for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
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