When Tim Tebow guest starred on Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show, “Harry”, last week, he discussed his new book and his baseball career. Most surprisingly, the former Broncos quarterback shared with viewers the incredible thing that happened after wearing “John 3:16” under his eyes in the 2012 NFL playoffs against the Steelers.
Tebow had painted the beloved Bible verse before, most notably when playing for the Gators in the National Championship game in 2009. After the 2009 game, a staggering 94 million people searched for this powerful verse on Google and were exposed to God’s word through Tebow’s simple gesture.
What happened after the upset win over the Steelers in 2012, however, is nothing short of incredible.
As Tebow was celebrating in the locker room with his teammates and preparing to speak with the press, the Broncos’ PR agent approached him, looking visibly overjoyed, and saying, “Timmy, do you realize what happened?” Tebow replied, “Yeah, we just beat the Steelers and we’re going to play the Patriots!”
The PR agent continued, “No, I don’t think you realize what just happened. It’s exactly three years later from when you wore John 3:16 under your eyes. During the game you threw for 316 yards, your yards per rush were 3.16, your yards per catch were 31.6, the ratings for the game was 31.6 and the time of possession was 31.6.”
That day, “John 3:16” became #1 trending phrase on Facebook and Twitter and another 90 million people searched for its meaning on Google.
“A lot of people said it was a coincidence,” Tebow said of the stunning incident. “I say big God.”
Watch Tim Tebow share his story on “Harry” below.