Sunday, June 12, 2011

Shot or Shopped? Image of Tebow Golfing a Hot Topic

On Friday at the St. Jude Golf Classic, Angel Gonzalez -- quarterback Tim Tebow's business partner at XV Enterprises -- captured the image seen to the left of Tebow warming up on his iPhone and posted it on twitter. With Tebow's biceps being as large as they are, the picture has been rapidly traveling across the web and has been dubbed a 'Photoshop' by many.

However, Gonzalez says it is real and Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post as well as Bill Williamson of ESPN have both confirmed it to be legitimate. It should also be noted that images captured on a phone, especially action shots, can sometimes look distorted and sometimes exaggerated (which may or may not be the case here).

It's hard to say for sure, but it's probably the real deal. After all, it's a well-known fact that Tebow is one jacked guy.

Some have questioned the picture's legitimacy because Tebow is wearing a glove on his left hand and he is left handed (golfers wear gloves on their non-dominate hand). While that is puzzling, it appears that Tebow wore a glove on both his left and right hands for most of the tournament and perhaps wasn't wearing his right handed glove while warming up (for an unknown reason).

It should be taken into consideration that we're talking about a 6'3, 245 pound, 23-year old NFL quarterback, who is known as a workout warrior. Denver's starting running back, Knowshon Moreno, weighs 35 pounds less than Tebow, and he's no small fellow. So while the picture itself is in question, there's no question that Tebow is an extremely strong and large player.

Web designer Justin Kirscht of does a lot of work with graphics and photoshop and he says that there are few that are talented enough to do such work and that no one would take the time to make such an image, leading him to believe that the picture is in fact genuine. "Anyone with that skill level in Photoshop I guarantee has better things to do than to waste time on this," said Kirscht.

Real, fake or maybe a little enhanced, the image doesn't prove or disprove anything, every Broncos fan knows that Tebow is a big guy and has an even bigger passion for the game of football.


Anonymous said...

nice piece!

areferee said...

Interesting story. My vote is for Photoshop, but it doesn't really matter.

Tebow is strong and the purpose of his life and charitable involvements and his commitment to a healthy and productive lifestyle IS the story.

I look forward to the start of the season, and his leadership on and off the field, with or without golf clubs, ripped muscles or Jockey's.