My Vote for Best Real Life Romance Hero: Tim Tebow

Cover model for romance novel?

He has all the makings. Dudley Do-Right handsome and larger than life, he’s a Winner at All Things He’s Ever Tried. Tim Tebow’s real story reads like that of a fiction hero. He stays positive, loves his mother and fights against great odds—and wins!

What gives with the football star talk?
I know you’re thinking that talking football now is like buying mittens in July, but the ESPY’s were on TV last week and I was captivated.

Tim Tebow won the ESPY Award for the Best Moment in sports for 2012. He threw an 80-yard touchdown pass—against great odds, of course—to win a playoff game against the Steelers for his underdog team—after coming from behind, of course. Geesh.
If I wrote a novel about Tim Tebow’s rise to fame, I’d get laughed out of the novel writing business with taunts like, “Ever hear about credibility?” or “That’s so cliché!” or “That would never happen in real life!”

How the heck does this guy do it? How does he manage to come out on top every time, no matter what? And what makes him such an irresistible hero to all his fans, aside from his amazing genetic gifts? Good old-fashioned decency, hard work and humility. These are the heroic qualities we all look for in our romance heroes. But not only that, a hero has to be great at what he does—if not an actual superhero who flies faster than a speeding bullet.

Check, check, check and check.

Since I’m in the business of writing men like this, I’m fascinated at finding a real life example and wonder where the inevitable flaw is—because we all know every good romance hero has a flaw. But secretly, I’m hoping that this is where real life departs from fiction, and Tim Tebow is that exception to the rule, and he really is as good as his story says.
In reality, Tim Tebow is a good example of why they say “Truth is stranger than fiction.” 

The hero in my sports romance, PLAING THE GAME, was not so noble and had more than his share of flaws. It made for an interesting story according to reader response. In a novel, writing Tim Tebow as a character would make him end up exactly like Dudley Do-Right, a cartoon character.

So Tim Tebow may get my vote for best real life  hero, but not for best romance novel hero.

What do you look for most in your romance heroes? Do you need him to have a flaw?

Blog Post by Stephanie Queen

13 thoughts on “My Vote for Best Real Life Romance Hero: Tim Tebow

  1. First I would like to thank you for my Monday Morning Shirtless Man start to the day! 🙂 And I have to admit that when he is on TV I like to make my son stop to watch and listen to this young man. Now, he tends to ramble a bit and repeat himself so I am not sure eloquent is the right word. BUT, he does speak well in that he always has something positive to say. He is always smiling and happy and thankful for the gifts in his life. My son wants to be an athelete and I certainly don’t want to be embarrassed someday, because my son can’t throw three sentences together in a way that is positive and makes sense. This kid, he is a breath of fresh air in an industry that is often full of blow hards with sour attitudes and foul mouths. It might also help that he is All American, boy next-door, good looking! 🙂 Lovely post!

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  2. When a hero is over the top, too good to be true, it’s discouraging for those of us riddled with flaws. Of course, I don’t know Tim. Maybe we need to meet so I can decide for myself.

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  3. Great post. I really like Tim Tebow. Besides the surface looks, he seems like a genuinely nice — and intelligent — guy. As to needing flaws in heroes…. I think if you write about men or women there are going to be flaws — unless you’re writing fantasy perhaps. *g* Novels reflect life so there have to be character flaws. The only question is how large and insurmountable do you make the flaws.

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  4. I’m not into football and I’m embarrassed to say,I don’t know Tim Tebow. But I watch every tennis grand slam and I love Roger Federer who is elegant in his game, so calm and yet competitive, so in control when he plays and yet he cried when he won his 8th Wimbledon. As writers, we find our hero where we look for them.

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  5. I like romance novel heroes to have flaws, but believable ones, fixable ones. I don’t want a hero so flawed that I’m screaming to the heroine to just walk away, he isn’t worth it. So, make him flawed, but redeemable.

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  6. Flaws make a hero human. Like Jill, he must be redeemable. Great post on Tim Tebow. He’s quite the gentleman. My grandson plays football and loves to watch Tim play.

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