John Parr, who originally wrote and recorded St. Elmo’s fire (which is almost an anthem to some of us of a certain age, ahem), explains to NPR why he re-wrote it for Tebow:
NPR:Are you a fan of Tim Tebow and the Broncos?
PARR: I’m a fan, generally, of him. I mean, it’s funny. I’ve not seen many Broncos games. I’m definitely a Tim Tebow fan because of two things. I think he’s a complete maverick, and he believes in something. I mean, everybody doesn’t share his religious belief, but I think we live in a world where people have lost faith in anything. And I just like it that here is a man that believes in something, his teammates believe in him. And it just inspired me.
He is definitely an inspiring kid. He’s serious about doing good in the world. If you go to The Tim Tebow Foundation website you get to see his focus on helping sick and hurting kids near and far. This month is when his foundation and CURE break ground for a new charity children’s hospital in Davao, Philippines, where he was born and where his parent’s ministry is.
This is why he’s on fire. It’s not because he’s a good quarterback, or an underdog, or showy about his religion. It’s because we, the public, are parched for sincerity and goodness and he just brims with it. I care nothing about football but I hope he has a great year.