Welcome back to the impromptu re-launch of STACK’s “Locker Room Quote of the Week,” where we celebrate motivational quotes spoken by prolific figures in sports. Today’s inspirational spoken word comes from Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow by way of the Old Testament . (View the full “Locker Room Quote of the Week” archive.)
On the night before he drove the Broncos to their fourth straight win, an overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers this past Sunday, Tebow was called upon by Denver head coach John Fox to address his teammates.
There’s no questioning Tebow’s oratorical prowess, but how is a second-year player who’s been doubted since the day he was drafted supposed to galvanize veteran teammates like Willis McGahee, Brian Dawkins and team leader Champ Bailey?
By proclaiming a verse from Proverbs 27:17, which reads: “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller confirmed the theme of Tebow’s motivational message to the Denver Post. “He said iron sharpens iron and men sharpen other men. And I think that’s totally true,” Miller said. “He gave us a great speech. We came out for the game fired up.”
Word is bond in the Mile High City, where Tebow has revived the Broncos’ playoff hopes since taking over as their starting QB and leading them to a 5-1 record, most of those wins in come-from-behind fashion.
“I’ve never seen a human who can will himself to win like that,” Miller said of Tebow. (Read and watch video highlighting Von Miller’s path to the pros.)
The verse from Proverbs, “Iron sharpens iron,” is painted in bold, white letters on the red wall above the indoor turf area at D1-Savannah, a training facility of which Tebow is a co-owner.
Watch the video above to see how Tebow stays sharp during the off-season and to hear his thoughts on inspiration, training and work ethic.